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  1. #1

    SUSE dvd on LENOVO IDEAPAD S10e USB installation Recovery


    I have an installation from USB/DVD issue, I would really appreciate some guidance on this!

    1. Desktop running WinXP
    2. Lenovo S10e netbook running Win7RC1 (just expired.) no DVD drive.
    3. 1 DVD by Novell and Lenovo with "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10(For recovery select Restore System from the inital Menu.) November 2008"
    4. 4GB USB drive. Laptop can boot from it.

    Need to install the system to the Laptop using the USB drive. Doesn't install.

    What I did:
    Mostly followed the guide at "Installation without CD - openSUSE.htm" my USB drive is G:

    used the HP USB Disk storage format tool to make my USB bootable.
    Copied all files from the dvd to the usb drive
    Moved G: \boot\i386\loader\* to G: \
    Deleted E: \isolinux.bin
    Renamed E: \isolinux.cfg to E: \syslinux.cfg
    Downloaded from []
    Extract to c: \syslinux
    CD'ed to c: \syslinux\win32 directory in a cmd prompt
    Ran syslinux -ma E:

    Current setup:
    G: \
    lenovo.img (2.8GB)
    various files (*.hlp, *.tr, *.spl, *.pcx etc) all from the boot folder.

    default restore
    # restore entire system
    label restore
      kernel linux
      append initrd=initrd splash=silent install=exec:/run_restore showopts
    implicit	     1
    gfxboot		bootlogo
    display		message
    prompt		1
    timeout		0
                               Welcome to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10!
    #0fTo start the installation enter 'linux' and press <return>.#07
    Available boot options:
      harddisk  - Boot from Harddisk (this is default)
      linux     - Installation
      noacpi    - Installation - ACPI Disabled
      failsafe  - Installation - Safe Settings
      rescue    - Rescue System
      memtest   - Memory Test
    'noacpi' or 'failsafe' may be necessary on some tricky hardware.
    Have a lot of fun...

    VERSION 10.1-0
    DISTPRODUCT SUSE-Linux-Enterprise-Desktop-SP1
    VENDOR SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Nuernberg, Germany
    ARCH.i686 i686 i586 i486 i386 noarch
    ARCH.i586 i586 i486 i386 noarch
    ARCH.i486 i486 i386 noarch
    ARCH.i386 i386 noarch
    REQUIRES sled-release-10-sp1 pattern:basesystem
    PROVIDES product:SUSE_SLED = 10.1
    PROVIDES product:SUSE_SLE = 10.1
    PATTERNS desktop-base x11 desktop-gnome apparmor 32bit
    OBSOLETES product:SUSE_SLED < 10.1
    LABEL SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1 10.1-0 SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1
    DESCRDIR suse/setup/descr
    DATADIR suse
    FLAGS update
    TIMEZONE America/Los_Angeles
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    Right. USB stick. in laptop. Turn on. Boot. "Welcome to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10!". No Booglogo gfx like when DVD boots for some reason.
    input "boot: _"

    typed linux and pressed enter.
    gets to:
    md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
    md: autorun ...
    md: ... autorun DONE.
    VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or uknown-block(3,4)
    Please append a correct "root=" option; here are the available partitionsL
    Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on uknown-block(3,4)
    Route2: pressed enter. Route3: typed linux initrd=initrd splash=silent install=exec:/run_restore showopts and pressed enter. Route 4: added noacpi to route 3.
    Result of 2, 3 and 4:
    It seems to go much further. Its very quick but it does this in a nutshell:
    loading linux, initrd (lots of dots)
    starting udev...
    openSUSE intallation program v3.0.20 Linux Products GmbH
    activating usb devices...
    then CLS
    /run_restore: line 17: /proc/splash: No Such file or Directory
    No DVD drive found!
    Press a key to reboot.
    The most sucessful!
    linux initrd=initrd splash=silent showopts

    Runs all the way through, gets to a windowed program called ">>> Linuxrc v3.0.20 (Kernel <<<"
    could not find the openSUSE Repository. Activating manual setup program
    Main Menu: Settings, System Information, Kernel Modules (Hardware Drivers), Start installation or System, Verify Installation CD-ROM/DVD, Eject CD, Exit or Reboot, Power off
    Cant find anything on the usb drive (obviously?) so what do I do now?

    So yeah. This is where I'm at and quite stuck... not sure what other flags there are to use, what I have to move around or rename ... Any guidance greatly appreciated.
    Oh wait! Just had an idea. Opened lenovo.img in winrar. contents: lenovo-oem-preload.i686-6.1.5.raw

    Thanks guys, Really wanna get this show on the road apparantly the lenovo supports some super quick boot that im hoping is included in this restore DVD.

  2. #2
    Well. I have booted up numerous Live USBs. Not on a IBM S10 though. And Not Open Suse 10. (Which current version is 11 I think?)

    I also didn't use Windows to make my Live USBs Either,

    I guess I am just replying because you haven't got a answer yet. You just joined and so Howdy and Welcome.

    Now to Meat and Potatoes.
    Unless you are really stuck on using Open Suse 10. Why not download Open Suse 11.2
    on your Windows box. Then download Unetbootin for Windows also.
    Then use Unetbootin to make your pendrive. Just in case you weren't aware of that option.

    Unetbootin will also, (if you don't want to download the Open Suse Link I gave you), download and install Open Suse from the net directly to the USB and install bootloader and everything. Just showing you your Options.

    Just make sure the flash drive is formatted as fat32 before you go to use unetbootin. Also plug in flashdrive before you open unetbootin so flashdrive is mounted and unetbootin can see it. Pay attention to what device Unetbootin is going to install on. You want to make sure it is the Pendrive and not the internal Hardrive. Good Luck with it and Happy trails, Rok

    Edit: Just realized. Is this Suse 10 a S10 recovery DVD from IBM?
    I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
    Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.

  3. #3
    Just in case you need to rip the ISO image from your Suse 10 DVD using Windows. You can then point Unetbootin to that Iso also.

    Free DVD ISO Maker freeware download - Rip DVD to ISO image for backuping DVD/CD on hard disk or other storage devices. - Best Freeware Download
    I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
    Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.

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