I'm trying to install SuSE 9.1 personal onto an old PC. I'm doing an install from CD, using a disk burned from the .iso image from ftp.suse.com
. The installation is basically standard (boot from CD, graphical installation, install media=CD), except that I'm using a software RAID-5 drive as the root filesystem. I have 3 40GB maxtor IDE drives, each partitioned with a 256MB partition at the front of the disk, and the rest of the space used in the RAID. On one of the disks, the small partition is /boot, on another it is swap, on the third it is unused.
The problem is, at some point during the installation of packages, the installer mysteriously hangs. Files stop copying, but the system hasn't actually crashed - the mouse cursor is still animated, I can use the keyboard to change the focus, but no more progress is made copying the files, and I can't seem to abort the installation. This happens apparently at a random point during installation - sometimes after only 3%, sometimes after 75%, an it isn't always the same package that causes the hang. Another peculiarity is that the "estimated time remaining" is always 2 hours exactly - I don't know if this has anything to do with the problem or not.
I've tried "safe mode" install, normal install and "manual" install, all with the same result. I'm not ruling out a hardware failure here, as the MoBo, processor and RAM are both pretty old (Gigabyte G5AA, K6-2 500mhz, 32MB + 128MB PC100), but the disks are brand new, and so is the CD drive I'm installing from. I've also checked the .iso file against the MD5, and it is intact.
Does anyone have any idea what's going on here? Is it possible that I'd have more luck with a network install? Text-mode install? Is there a way to get YAST to write a log somewhere, so that I can investigate what causes the hang?
Thanks in advance,