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Workaround for Error: Your computer does not have enough memory to run YaST

By: Mirosław Dzieciątek

April 10, 2007 3:34 pm





When installing openSUSE on an empty disk with a small amount of RAM you might see following information: “Your computer does not have enough memory to run YaST.” The Installator let’s you choose swap partition but you don’t have any…


Press Ctrl+Alt+F9 (if does not work try other F’s) to go to a console.

To see what partitions you have enter:

cat /proc/partitions

To create the swap partition enter:

fdisk /dev/hda

And then (assuming you have empty disk) click:

  • n for new partition
  • p for primary partition type
  • 1 for starting sector
  • +512M for 512M partition size
  • t to change partition type
  • 82 to choose linux swap partition type
  • w to write this information to disk and exit fdisk

Now all you have to do is to “format” this new partition:

mkswap /dev/hda1

Go back to the installator:


and give him what he needs
(you can restart computer and now installator will show you this partition as a choice to use).


Low memory notebook, eg. with 256MB RAM + shared memory for Video Card.

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Disclaimer: As with everything else at SUSE Conversations, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.