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Old 03-29-2003, 08:38 AM   #1
chrisskidmore
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susi 8.1 install glibc error


Hi folks

I admit I haven't a clue here I've used windows for the last ** years - thought I try linux - using SuSe 8.1

My problem is that it hangs before the graphical interface comes up. I'm left with a black and white "hashed" screen and a thick cross for a mourse pointer (which still moves!)

On install I had an error that the glibc package did not install properly. I've tried the install process a few times but this error keeps coming up

I've aslo been reading about possible problems with Rage graphics cards which I have
(I have Rage128 PRO (AGP 4X))

Be grateful for any ideas (preferably plain english - I'm not a techie!!)

Thanks

Chris
 
Old 03-30-2003, 03:40 AM   #2
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First, boot in safe mode then call YAST for online update. This could solve the missing packages.

(If online update failed you can download the packages here:
http://rpm.pbone.net
www.rpmseek.com
Install using
rpm -Uvh packagename.rpm
SuSEconfig)

Run the following:
init 3
sax2
Configure your graphic/monitor.

(If sax2 cannot help run xf86config instead)

If the problem persist give your hardware specs more specific. e.g. motherboard, cpu, video card, monitor ...


Have a lot of fun :-)

Last edited by aherm; 03-30-2003 at 03:42 AM.
 
Old 03-30-2003, 05:07 AM   #3
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Angry

Hi

I realy appreciate you taking the time to reply but I think that does it for me. I've tried reinstalling again and now I can't even get into safe mode. That too produces the black and white hash screen.

I had been told that linux was no longer a "techie" tool you just start and go. I've spent two days trying to get to the first screen and am quite dissapointed.

Clearly in some cases you can just "plug and play" (to coin a phrase. ) Maybe I'm unlucky but I find it hard to believe my hardware configeration is so strange. Sorry to swear but "Windows" doesn't have a problem with it.

When I get a few weeks spare maybe I'll pick up a copy of "Linux for dummies" and have another go until then I'm just left with the problem of getting Linux off my system! (Does it come with an uninstall?)

Thanks again -
 
Old 03-30-2003, 11:01 AM   #4
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the black and white has screen with the fat X as mouse pointer..

what it is with me..when i start up suse 8.1 i get that screen. After a few seconds it evolves into my login manager. I don't know if evolve is the right word ...let's say my login manager opens after it

maybe a problem with the login manager ?
 
Old 03-30-2003, 12:21 PM   #5
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What happens when you do a ctrl-alt-backspace?
lynch
 
Old 03-30-2003, 12:35 PM   #6
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What was the error during installation?

To be frank, this sounds like:

a) corrupted install media
b) you ran out of disk space
 
Old 03-30-2003, 12:54 PM   #7
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When I installed SuSE for minimal installation with X ...

I was left with a black and white "hashed" screen and a thick cross for a mourse pointer (which still moves!)

Yup. Basically you're running on X now. That's a good indication that you can do booting in save mode and call yast.

If you cannot boot in safe mode then Read The Manual how to do it.


Good luck and have a lot more fun :-)
 
Old 03-30-2003, 04:59 PM   #8
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I did it!!!!!

Many thanks for the help.

Thanks Lynch for that instruction to ctrl-alt-backspace? These are the sort of things I can follow!!! It did launch Yast.

I managed to download a new copy of "glibc" which I suspect, as mhearn suggested, was corrupt.

Then with aherm's little bit I was able to sort out the graphic card! (I didn't enmable 3d - save that for a further adventure!!!!)

All I have to do now is get apache, php and mysql talking to each other and set up Samba so I can talk to my other windows pc!! Piece of cake!!!

Many thanks again

Chris
 
  


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