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I'm a Linux Newbie...so I don't know how to properly troubleshoot:
I have tried:
SUSE 9.3 32-bit
SUSE 9.3 64-bit
SUSE 10.0 64-bit
SUSE 10.0 Live DVD
Knoppix (An older version)
None work on my new PC. My 2 older PCs seem to run them properly.
I can install without a problem, but when it comes time to login, everything appears to work until the background shows...all I get is the initial background color...no menus or icons. The mouse will usually still be able to move, I can see the HDD LED flashing periodically...but even after 8+ hours waiting, I cannot get past this point.
I have tried both KDE and GNOME...same issue except that GNOME will give the bars at the top and bottom of the screen, but nothing else.
Init 3 will work...but sometimes after about 5 minutes the system will lock up as well. sax2 will start, but then hang. Using xorgconfig doesn't seem to make a difference.
Windows XP (God forbid) runs fine (at least as well as a Microsoft product can).
I'm running out of options...it doesn't appear that anyone is having the same problem straight off of a clean install.
Can anyone help? As I said, I don't know where to go next to troubleshoot.
Here are messages in the logs that looked like errors:
(WW) 'fonts.dir' not found (or not valid) in "/vw/lib/defoma/x_ttc_idfont_conf.d/dirs/CID"
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_BIOS) (No such file or directory)
(WW) NV(0): Bad V_BIOS checksum
(WW) (800x600,Generic Monitor) mode clock 36MHz exceedes DDC maximum 0MHz
(II) NV(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (hsync out of range)
[also the same as above replacing "hsync" with "vrefresh" and in several different resolutions]
Warning: font renderer for ".pcf" already registered at priority 0
[also the same as above replacing "pcf" with "snf", "bdf" and "pmf"]
I apologize for not updating this with discovered info...but it seems that Linux (in general) does not like my MB (specifically the PCI-E slots). According to info that was given to me, Linux will not boot if using a PCI-E video card. I have yet to try a standard PCI video card, but I plan to, if it works, or if I find a version of Linux that will boot with my current hardware, I will update this thread again.
Turns out it's not exactly as I was told. After installing the updated nvidia drivers I was able to boot into the system quite happily. I still have a stability problem I'm working out (due to my wireless-LAN card, I believe).
Best suggestion I can say for now is to get to the manufacturer's website and see if they have some new drivers for you to try out. Actually, before-hand, you may want to find out if all of your hardware is compatible with Linux (you'll have to google it, I don't remember the site). If you find the right sites, they'll even have the method that was used to get the hardware running...that's how I found the new drivers.