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Old 08-21-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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I have tried to install SUSE and it does not seem to work.


I have a Dell 8100, installed a new 320 GB harddrive and loaded from CD a copy of SUSE 10.3 , a friend helped with getting the partions set up. That appears to have worked. I got to the you have installed SUSE have Fun. When I boot the PC up, it will go thru the boot process and I get a black screen...nothing at all. Can any one help???

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Old 08-21-2008, 06:51 PM   #2
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Only thing I can think of is a comparison to Windoze installations that would do that and it was always a video problem. Two things you might do:

1) If you have a different brand of AGP video card, install it.

2) my suse 10.3 has a safe mode...choose it.

Good luck.

Last edited by Jim@HiTek; 08-21-2008 at 07:14 PM.
 
Old 08-21-2008, 06:53 PM   #3
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First boot into runlevel 2 or 3 and then configure your display. For this append init=/bin/sh or level=2 to the kernel line.

Grub Menu --> press e ---> select the kernel line --> press e to edit
 
Old 08-21-2008, 07:02 PM   #4
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maybe append acpi=no or one of those to the boot kernel line
 
Old 08-21-2008, 07:04 PM   #5
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Wow...this was fast response. I have been on 2 other forums and had no luck. I am new to Linux and this is the first time running it outside of a taining enviro...I can get into the SafeMode fine. How do I boot into runlevel 2 or 3?
 
Old 08-21-2008, 07:47 PM   #6
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I have tried to install SUSE and it does not seem to work.

I'm guessing here, but this shouldn't hurt anything.
If you can log in the console, login as root.
Run init 3.
When you are told level 3 has been reached press enter.
The generic video driver can be selected by running
sax2 -r -m 0=vesa
Finally run 'init 5'
Later you can switch user and log out of the root session.
Alt-Ctrl-F1 should take you directly to console and Alt-Ctrl-F7 to the gui session.
If that sorts things out you can figure out which display driver to use if you want 3d graphic accel.
 
Old 08-21-2008, 09:56 PM   #7
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I have tried the sax2 -r 0=vesa and that does not allow me to do anything. I can toggle back and forth from the console to the gui session, but the gui is still just a black screen. I am not sure how to run init 3 or init 5. I have a couple of older PC...should I try to install them to see if they will work?
 
Old 08-21-2008, 10:32 PM   #8
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To boot into a different runlevel:

reboot
when the GRUB menu appears, hit any key to stop the count. If necessary, also hit escape (Esc) to get to the text mode.
enter "e" for edit, select the kernel line, and "e" again.
add the word "single" (no quotes) to the end of the kernel line, return, and boot (b).

It should now boot up in a terminal mode with no root password required. Enter "more /etc/X11/xorg.conf" and look for sections similar to this (I have removed some non-essential stuff):
Code:
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "monitor1"
    HorizSync 24-92
    VertRefresh 50-75
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier "device1"
    Driver "radeon"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "screen1"
    Device "device1"
    Monitor "monitor1"
    DefaultColorDepth 24

    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 24
        Modes "1600x1200"
    EndSubsection
EndSection
Depending on what you find here, the next things to try include:
correct scan rates for your monitor
legal modes
appropriate driver (If not sure, then you want "vesa"). You can edit this file with an editor like nano, or you can try running xorgconfig.
 
Old 08-21-2008, 11:10 PM   #9
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I really appreciate all the help. I am at the point where I have entered 'e' and the line of text reads 'splash = silent showopts' is this where I should type 'single'?
 
Old 08-21-2008, 11:58 PM   #10
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I have entered what I found to the right...

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1" monitor[0]
HorizSync 24-92 30-61
VertRefresh 50-75 43-75
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1" device [0]
Driver "radeon" trident
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1" screen [0]
Device "device1" device [0]
Monitor "monitor1" monitor [0]
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1024X760" "800X600"
EndSubsection
EndSection

I don't know what any of this means. Is there still configurations that need to be completed?

Thanks,
Travis
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:58 AM   #11
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It's almost 1am and I have the system up! Thanks to everyone who added advice.

Thanks,
Travis
 
Old 08-22-2008, 07:47 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by travm0870 View Post
It's almost 1am and I have the system up! Thanks to everyone who added advice.

Thanks,
Travis
So maybe you'll tell us what you did???? (Including what you did with a really strange-looking xorg.conf file.)
 
Old 08-22-2008, 09:51 AM   #13
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All I did was answer the question that were asked after if entered the xorgconfig command. There was a mesage advising what was about to be asked about configuring the devices mouse and display. I tried to gather some of that info before going thru the set up. I have the SUSE OS up, but I think there is some further configuration needed (display is not as good as I think it could be). Since my video card was not listed I used 'vesa'. I now have to tackle the set up of the network devices. I will start a new thread for that. Again thanks for the advice.

Travis
 
Old 08-22-2008, 06:44 PM   #14
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It will help if you spell your graphics card specs.
Or post the output of

#lspci

Apparently your driver module can be any of: radeon, radeonhd or fglrx
 
  


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