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I'm attempting to install SuSE 8.1 Pro boxed version on my computer, and it has stalled every time immediately after creating root and user accounts during install. I do a hard reboot, luckily the bootloader works, but if I try to run Linux, it stalls when it reaches "Starting hardware scan on boot" after a bit of hard drive activity.
I'm trying to set it up as a dual boot with Win98 on my primary 80 GB hard drive, and Linux on my secondary 40 GB hard drive. Install works fine up until that point, as the last several times I've used default options as much as possible.
Athlon 900 TB running on a Abit KT7A mobo, with 512 MB PC133 ram.
MSI Geforce4 4200 vid card, 128 MB
Phillips Rhythmic Edge sound card (probably doesn't have support)
Both hard drives are Maxtors
Modem: Zoom V.92 Fax Voicemodem (Support doubtful, but I don't think it's a winmodem)
CD-RW: Lite-On 32x12x40
I'm a reasonably skilled windows user, though I have next to no Linux experience (Once, a long time ago, there was a version of Red Hat on my computer, but it was lost in the long tortuous death of my old hard drive). Any ideas?
What exactly comes next in the process of install after creating root and user accounts? When it hangs, there's usually next to no hard drive access, so I'd guess it's something rather early in the hardware scan that trips it up, if it's some piece of hardware that's causing the problem.
Thanks for the link, there's some useful stuff there. Tried again with PnP OS and APIC disabled, and got no change. I also ran the memory check, which turned up no errors after ten hours of running. I'll try going back through and changing some more BIOS options, like turning off APIC to see if it has an effect. Are there any other pieces of hardware that could be tripping up the install?