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Old 02-11-2006, 08:27 PM   #1
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Screen blacks out on SUSE 10 installation


Started an old PC with new video card -- AMD K6, GeForce MX4000 video card, BIOS American Megatrends 1.19 (circa 1999), 1gig memory. Inserted CD1 and started the PC. A white on blue screen displayed "Welcome, Willkommen... and so on," and then displayed selections for the following:
- Boot from Hard Disk
- Installation
- Installation (ACPI Disabled)
- Installation (Safe Settings)
- Rescue System
- Memory Test

I started with "Installation" selection. The kernel progress bar displayed. After it reached 100%, the screen went black and a cursor blipped once in the top-left corner. The show ended.

I tried "Installation (ACPI Disable)", "Installation (Safe Settings)", and "Rescue System." The results were the same -- a black out.

The hard drive was formatted with Windows NT. It had Windows 98 and later NT, but I chose to pull all Microsoft from the machine.

Thanks in advance... Robert @ San Antonio
 
Old 02-11-2006, 11:23 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem during an install of my Linux and found out through trial and error that I had to change the monitor resolution. Mine wouldn't work on 600X800 and after going to 1024 it worked. Just a thought.
Norm
 
Old 02-12-2006, 11:44 AM   #3
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I had an identical problem and it was maddening until I figured out that what was happening was that the boot-loader couldn't talk to the screen. I had to buy a new video card and it went smoothly. I gathered that Linux 10.0 was expecting a more advanced video set up than I had.
Matthew
 
Old 02-12-2006, 09:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for inputs. Finally took my machine to a tech... They believe that the CPU (AMD K6) is not fast enough Suse Linux 10... this machine was built in July 1999. The tech recommended that I set the video to Text and choose "Installation (Safe Settins)". I tried that and it went as far as decompressing Linux... that's it. In fact, I left and did not return until two hours later... it was still decompressing. I turned it off. Do I need a new CPU?
 
Old 02-13-2006, 01:29 PM   #5
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Do you happen to have any of the Knoppix distros?
It would be interesting to see if you could run a live CD from Knoppix on your machine.
Matthew
 
Old 02-13-2006, 11:53 PM   #6
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The tech, does he really know that much about linux? Did you ask him that? I'm sure If you play with the display settings you will get it to work. try setting it as low as you can. I'm not sure how to do that as I only know how to set up Mandrake10.1. Now I can run that FLAWLESSLY on a 300mhz celeron with 64mb ram. It works MUCH better than anything else that was ever on it. If you try using a Live CD (Knoppix) you might run into problems, they are very system demanding. just try setting the display settings as low as possible, i'm sure someone here knows how to do that. I personnaly don't think it's your cpu. Then again, I am still a newb (2yrs on Mandrake)
 
  


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