SUSE 9.1 and legacy NVIDIA
As long as people keep throwing running computers in dumpsters, i'll be there to pull them out and plug them in. So far, i've found 7 perfectly good , albiet allegedly obsolete machines. Some i've given away with full linux installs. A couple i have kept. I've managed to hang onto a couple puzzlers that refuse my overtures to load them with Linux.
This latest problem child is a Micron PC with a Micron DR737 motherboard and a 400mhz celeron. It has onboard video -NVIDIA Riva128zx. The chipset is intel. I'm trying to install SUSE 9.1.
The first problem is that the SUSE hardware database shows the video chipset as NOT SUPPORTED. So i installed a PCI video card - Trident TGUI9680-1. The SUSE database shows this card as 'unknown'.
Before the PCI card, i'd get a blank screen. The kernel would not even load. WITH th card, i get the kernel to load. The installation program then HANGS with NO CURSOR with only the line 'SUSE install program 1.x.xsomethingorother'.
No error messages of any kind. Just a mystery.
I've twiddled with every concievable setting in the BIOS and used the recommended bootup commands from SUSE. All to no avail.
I've also tried two separate copies of install cds. Same problem. I'm in the dark here, how the **** do i find out what the problem is?
Are there any workarounds one might suggest, or even a different distro?