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Old 10-14-2004, 10:28 AM   #1
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Problems after Suse Install? dell L466c boxs


Ok I'm really new to Linux, (but very interested.) Ok so I've now I've got some Ubuntu, and Suse running on 2 separate boxes. I first installed Suse 9.1 on one box, had some really big problems i thought were too serious for me to handle (In retrospect had i left it alone i would been ok, as i figured out the problem was with the SonicWall One to One nat I set up so i could receive help via ssh from a friend). So I formatted and reinstalled those partitions (yes i'm dual booting), and when i reinstalled the second time it came up with 4 errors one of which was a problem with Yast2. When I go through the install It doesn't ask for a username, but I can log in as root after install. Upon logging in the first time it starts detecting all this hardware that it detected during the install I loaded the first time. Ok those problems aside, when I log in as root the only thing i can do is work with a Konsole. There are no applicatoins of any kind available. It is probably possible to run all applications from Konsole, but I think there are problems that need to be addressed either way (And if you ask me I think it might be sort of a "safe mode", but again i'm new to linux and don't even know if there is a safe mode).

So seeing all these problems occur made me want to install a new os on that system, thats when i put Ubuntu on that box and started installing Suse on a different box. I just finished installing Suse and it came up with the same 4 errors on a completely different machine. I get the same exact set of problems as well. No programs, No alternate user, no nothin. And I cannot run adduser in Konsole.

I imagine once I figure out what the problem is I'll look back in shame at how much of a n00b I am But hey, the first step to recovery is admitting I have a problem right?
 
Old 10-14-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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Type startx at the shell (console) and it should launch X-windows which is an interface where all the programs are.

Suse 9.1 should be fine. Also, when you say 4 errors, we need to know what the errors were or we cant answer the question. Always make sure that you post the exact error on the board. Most likely, you are not logging into x-windows automatically and it is technically NOT an error.
 
Old 10-14-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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startx error:
Fatal Server Error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.x0-lock and start again.

so I take it that because i am logged in graphically as root that the x session is already running thus cannot start a new one. Assuming that is the case would taking the above noted steps make the x-window load as it normally would on a flawless install?

The errors that I recieved did not say anything in particular, it showed a list of things that did not install successfully. There were 4 objects one of which was Yast2 that did not work on both installs. Unfortunately I did not write down what those errors were. Would they be in a in an installation log file somewhere?
 
Old 10-14-2004, 03:41 PM   #4
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Errors

Ok I reinstalled Suse and got the same errors after fdisking, formatting, and reloading. I got this:

These Packages returned an Error:

Crystalcursors <- I don't care
convmv <- don't know what that is
Desktop-data-SuSE <- assuming thats why the desktop doesn't load right
Autoyast2 installation <- not sure if that matters anyway

"Ok" <- I click that


Well, this is the 4th SuSE install... and i havn't finished booting, I'll post agian if i find the same problems
 
Old 10-14-2004, 03:58 PM   #5
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what kind of computer is it? how are you installing Suse on it? How do you format the hard drive, do u use the installer to format it? It doesnt seem to be installing properly.
 
Old 10-14-2004, 05:12 PM   #6
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I fdisked all the partitions so i was no longer dual booting, and then created one big 6 gig partition . I just did an oformat c: /q equivelant to the quick format windows setup offers. I could do the a normal format... but the quick format should have worked.
 
Old 10-14-2004, 05:15 PM   #7
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Oh yeah, the new computer that this is on is a dell gx1 pIII 500 with 386 megs of ram.

The last install did the same thing. very very frustrating. Come to think about it, the only difference in the installs is that i added some ram after i did the first install... i believe i uped it from 128 to 256 pc133. maybe thats the problem.
 
Old 10-14-2004, 06:24 PM   #8
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Ok upon reloading with the drive completely formatted it didn't work. My last hope, is to assume that the cd may have become scratched, though none are visible. I am now recieving 5 errors, the previous 4 and now bitstream-vera is now showing up in the list. I think i'm going to load this with a new iso and a new cd.


lI can feel my optomism ooozing out with the sweat on my forehead, and dripping on my lap as i eagerly wait the end of my next suse 9.1 install. I know it works and i will not rest until i can make it work again!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 10-14-2004, 07:02 PM   #9
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why dont u format using the installation cd? during your install there is an option to format the whole disk.. try that.
 
Old 10-15-2004, 09:05 AM   #10
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I've done that on 2 out of the 5 installs... it doesn't work. I"m going to download a new iso right now and try that. There is a tiny scratch on the cd but I don't think that should have affected it very much. Anywho, wish me luck!
 
  


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