For some reason, my laptop (HP ProBook 5320m) refuses to boot when I install the ISO images for openSUSE 12.1 on an USB stick (the stick starts to blink and then the internal fan goes into overdrive and I have to switch off the laptop).

I also tried the NET version, different USB sticks, no game. Currently, openSUSE 11.4 is installed on the laptop, is it's not impossible to install. My guess is that something was changed in the 12.1 release which the BIOS of the laptop doesn't like.

So my last hope is to create a bootable external hard disk but when I look into the folder /boot of the ISO image, I can't find GRUB or anything that I recognize.


  1. Is there a way to replace the ISO boot loader with GRUB?
  2. Is there some other way to install 12.1 on openSUSE 11.4? Ubuntu can do a dist upgrade in the running system, for example. Is something like that possible with openSUSE, too?
  3. Could I boot with the installer for 11.4 and somehow make it use the installation files for 12.1?

PS: Dear HP engineers. Your BIOS looks great but I'd prefer one that works. Just saying :-(

  • here's how to upgrade opensuse 11.4 to 12.1: howtoforge.com/… Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 21:50
  • @ysangkok: Please write this as an answer so I can comment or accept it (after testing it) Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 9:15

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  1. Probably not. GRUB is a general purpose bootloader. The SYSLINUX bootloaders are different, there is one for each medium.

  2. How to upgrade OpenSuSE 11.4 to 12.1

  • The second approach worked perfectly for me. I suggest to run script /root/dup-12.1.log before running zypper dup; that will log the output of zypper into the file /root/dup-12.1.log so you can check for errors at your leisure. Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 22:11

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