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Old 06-01-2005, 08:23 PM   #1
girlboxer5
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Angry Argh! SuSE 9.2 and 9.3 installer problem


I've been having some distro problems lately. I ended up dumping Fedora because of display problems, Xandros freezes at 90% (Configuring Runtime Environment) on install, and my personal KDE live-test favorite, SuSE 9.3 doesn't work, thanks to the installer program.

What happens is that I put the first installation burned CD into the drive, and all seems fine until after the text mode says "Starting Yast," or something of that nature. Then the screen starts to boot to the graphical installer, and it freezes with some sketchy gray lines across the very top of the monitor. I tried 9.2, and the exact same thing happens at the same phase of the install. I've tried to install in "Safe" mode, and the two other installation modes that SuSE offers. All have done the same thing.

I was able to find a used edition of SuSE 8.1 Professional at a bookstore, and I was able to install that without a hitch. But I can't get Yast to update anything either, even though everything else on the desktop seems to be just fine and fully functional, aside from Firefox installation problems...

My computer is:
e-machines E-Tower IR
667 Mhz Celeron
with the standard video/audio cards
384 MB RAM

Does Linux just hate me, and am I doomed to out-of-date SuSE? Or is there hope for me and an upgrade to 9.3? SimplyMepis installed just fine.

 
Old 06-02-2005, 01:43 PM   #2
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have you tried installing with without acpi?

it's the only way i could get 9.3 to install
 
Old 06-02-2005, 08:51 PM   #3
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I did try... I did the "without ACPI" and I think the other "safe" version of the install for both 9.2 and 9.3. The problem is that I don't have a DVD-ROM on my Linux box, so I can't try a DVD-based install. I'm stuck with torrented CDs, and I'm hesitant to plunk $60.00 down for the official upgrade if it won't work...

Is there any way to do a text-based install on SuSE like there is on Fedora?
 
Old 06-02-2005, 09:29 PM   #4
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yes
http://www-uxsup.csx.cam.ac.uk/pub/d...inst.text.html
another way to use the text install is to actually start the graphical install,abort,then continue from the menu that comes up.this same menu also has the option to test the installation media.

"The problem is that I don't have a DVD-ROM on my Linux box"
so,does this mean it would be possible to swap in a dvd drive temporarily?if so you could do a dvd install.
 
Old 06-03-2005, 02:33 AM   #5
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Newbee's experience here for what is worth:
maybe you have the same problem I had with suse 9.2 pro:

Had also a funny grey line no graphics and the install or start-up
was not working.
I handed up using vim to edit xorg.conf and change
the refresh rate vert and hor for the screen that was badly
ranged.
That solved the problem

Mandy 10.1 and 10.2 never had any problem with my screen detection
 
Old 06-03-2005, 12:32 PM   #6
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well for what it's worth, i'm sorry to say i never got the torrented cd's to install
i ended up downloading the dvd iso, and that one did work
 
  


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