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Old 07-12-2004, 03:09 PM   #1
baggetta
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Unhappy Windows XP--VMware--Suse 9.1 4 screens at install


I have VMWare 4.5.1 Build 7568 for Windows XP and when I try to install Suse 9.1, I get 4 screens during the install. I've tried chaning to display to 800x600 and 1024x768, I get the same results. Is this a bug with VM or Suse? Is there a configuration file somewhere? My IBM Thinkpad T21 has the video card S3 Savage IX video card running 1024x768 when I run VMware.
 
Old 07-15-2004, 10:38 AM   #2
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hmm... i have the same problem lol...anyone know why?
 
Old 07-16-2004, 12:39 AM   #3
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I am having the same problem, Ha! so freaky...

I have no idea what's going on here. Specs of my machine: desktop, athlon xp 2700, 512MB RAM, Windows XP (latest service pack), VMWare 4.5.1 build-7568, Suse 9.1 personal. Any ideas anyone? Thanks
 
Old 07-16-2004, 03:25 AM   #4
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according to this link on the vmware website that version of suse isnt supported unless you have VMware Workstation 4.5.2.
 
Old 07-16-2004, 08:44 PM   #5
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fwiw, I have just downloaded vmware ver. 4.5.2 and am installing suse 9.2 and I also have the 4 screens. have not found a way around it yet. makes install very difficult as it's almost impossible to read options. will write back if I find solution
 
Old 07-16-2004, 11:05 PM   #6
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same here. i have the latest version as well...still get the four screen too
 
Old 07-17-2004, 03:27 AM   #7
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ok best I could find was that Suse stopped supporting NVIDIA adapters, apparently quite awhile ago. I'm installing on a Dell Latitude C840 with GeForce4 440,ver.6.13.10, so on install I got the supermini quad display. If you can get through install it gets better once you've rebooted Suse will give you a 800x600 display. Once there see help at [URL=http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2003/04/wessels_nvidia4349.html
and at [URL=http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_1.0-6106.html]
I haven't installed the new drivers yet. Hope this helps. I think I'll try Redhat next.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 11:11 AM   #8
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Here's what you do....

Hi,

I recently installed SUSE 9.1 on vmware 4.5.2, and I also ran into the issue of having 4 screens. But there is a solution! If you go to vmware help, Guest Operating System Install Guide, then pick SUSE 9.0 (not 9.1), you will see this:

Installation Steps
1. Insert the SUSE LINUX 9.0 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing SUSE LINUX 9.0.
3. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine until you get to the selection screens described in the next steps.
4. Install using the text mode installer. In the first installation screen, press the F2 key use the arrow keys to select text mode, then press Enter to select the text mode installer.


The important part is switching to the text installer by pressing F2. After doing this, everything installed perfectly.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:51 PM   #9
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nice nice... i like you
 
Old 07-24-2004, 06:42 AM   #10
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Many thanks indeed! I spend half of my sleep with no magnifier glass attempting to decipher! Got there in the end at 03:00 +++ and slept a couple of hours before waiting for the end and now I am redoing it the right way, just in case!
Cheers
Jimmy
 
Old 05-12-2008, 05:26 PM   #11
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Lightbulb Plan B

Hello!

I tried Absolut's solution but the F2 key wasn't working.

If it's your case, try to put the boot option "x11i=fbdev" at the installation menu. Then, click on installation and you will get only one cute screen.

Good luck!

Vero
 
  


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