Weird install thing with suse 10.x
Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:47 AM
After using the gui install on both versions, multiple times, I always get the same problem. I've tried using nothing more than the default software and I've tried using online update during the install.
When the install finishes with either 800x600, 1024x768, 1440x900 (my native res), or 1280x1024 (the Installation default for my box) Suse freezes before X is loaded. I get a totally black screen with a working "X" mouse cursor. Ctrl-Alt-F(x) don't work. Ctrl-backspace doesn't work either. It's just stuck. If I reboot and boot from the HD, I get the same thing.
When I try to test the settings during the hardware config right before the install is finished, I get a warped mess on my monitor. That's with 24bit and 16bit colors and all the resolutions I listed above. Ctrl-Backspace doesn't work and my only recourse is to kill the power to the PSU. But here's the rub: I've found that if I reboot the machine after that crappy mess and then try to boot from the HD (without truly finalizing the installation) the DVD(s) I use for the install throw out a message saying that the "Installation has failed. Would you like to continue? Some settings may need to be re-entered." <----not verbatim but really, really close.
If I choose "yes", I get to fill in my user info and try again with the hardware config and the same problem appears.
When I choose "no", suse goes to init 3 and verbose booting and Voila!! I boot to KDE just fine. After installing the nVidia driver everything is peaches and cream.
This has happened on more installs than you'd believe but this happens everytime. And everytime it has happened, the fix was to test my gcard/monitor settings, let it crap out, kill the power, reboot and choose "no" when I'm asked whether or not to continue the Installation.
I'm not complaining or anything because it works and works well after all this. I just can't logically wrap my head around the "why" of it. Anyone have an idea?
I guess this is prolly a dumb question. I'm curious though. TIA.
Posted 28 December 2006 - 07:19 AM
Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:10 AM
Under hardware config, before booting to anything, the suse hardware config sees my 7800gt and my ViewSonic monitor by name and model, in both cases. I guess I should also mention that also happened on my internet box: sempron64, agp 5200, MSI micro mobo.
But, the majority of installs are on my main box. Spec in siggy below but with a maxtor IDE and my 1 surviving maxtor SATA.
No matter the hardware, I get the same thing. If I let the install finish, no worky. If I "test settings", kill the power, and choose "no" under continue install, it works just fine. Very strange.
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