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Old 05-13-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
ChrisSize
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Question Installing 10.2 linux, Kernal installs but no graphical interface appears


I am trying to install 10.2 and please redirect me if I am in the wrong area.

I have a Dimension 8100 dell
OS is XP Pro
All software is licensed
1 gig ram
180 gig hard drive
95 gig free
1.4 processor

I have used all boot options listed in the start-up guide and several of the resolution ones as well. The kernal installs, however no interface appears. A screen does appear but with no ability to control or modify.

In a text mode I get to
Net: Registered Protocal Family 2
Once there they system seems to waiting for something to happen. There is no way to modity or change the screen because no prompt is available.

I have 10.1 so I tried it and got similar results, however in the text mode the system sat at Waiting for file information with the A drive light on and no activity. Again as if it were looking or waiting for something.

I am new to using the community forums and appreciate anyones time and ability to help me.

Thanks,
Chris

Last edited by ChrisSize; 05-13-2007 at 07:15 PM.
 
Old 05-13-2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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What distro exactly are you using? openSUSE?
 
Old 05-14-2007, 12:15 AM   #3
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OK, whoa whoa whoa.

First of all, as our friend above said, what are you running? Suse?

Secondly.. does the screen flicker? Does it complain of the X server crashing? What happens after the GUI dies? Are you brought back to a command line or does the computer crash or what?

Thirdly, what is your video card? You gave us some great info on your PC, but pertaining to graphics crashing, you might be missing a video driver.


And.. ahem.. it's kernel, not kernal. : P Sorry I'm picky. And if only the kernel is working, you won't get a command line or anything..

Finally, can you post the actual error?

Thanks
 
Old 05-16-2007, 05:00 PM   #4
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I guess my post did not post from yesterday.

I apologize I am new to this area....

There are no errors and I am trying to install openSUSE 10.2. The only thing that happens is it hangs at the NET: Registered Protocol family 2 and goes no further. The screen flickers but no command prompt or way to input anything is available.

My graphics card is an ATI card with 128 mgs ram.
 
Old 05-16-2007, 06:10 PM   #5
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Well, you may have to boot with special kernel parameters or something. Do you by chance know what kernel version you are attempting to load (if not, does anyone know the default kernel for openSUSE 10.2)? Most likely, you have a problem with one of
  • The timesource to be used for kernel ticks
  • The IRQ table.
  • ACPI
When you say you tried “all boot options listed in the start-up guide”, does that include
  • acpi=off
  • noapic
  • lapic
  • apm=off
  • pci=noacpi
  • pnpacpi=off
  • pnpbios=off
  • enable_timer_pin_1
  • disable_timer_pin_1
  • irqfixup
  • irqpoll
  • notsc
  • clock=pit
  • clock=tsc
  • clock=cyclone
  • clock=pmtmr
  • clock=hpet
  • hpet=disable
  • nohz=off
  • apic=debug
  • apm=debug
  • debug
  • initcall_debug
These boot options should (for the most part) be tried one at a time. They are all to work around buggy chipsets. Some of them might do nothing except display additional debugging output, and you might see where your kernel hangs.

P.S., You can normally obtain a crash dump for a hung kernel (which seems to be what you have) by pressing this magic key sequence (as long as the keyboard has been initialized):
Code:
Alt+SysReq+C
(NB: Alt is the “left” Alt key on most PC’s, and SysReq is sometimes labeled as “Print Screen” or similar).
 
Old 05-23-2007, 05:10 PM   #6
ChrisSize
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Thanks for the information I am going to work with a Co-worker who is very good with the Linux OS and I will let you know what happens. I was really sick last week and did attempt anything.

thanks,
chris Size
 
Old 05-29-2007, 05:36 PM   #7
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I finally fixed my issue with a collegue. At the boot screen we typed "MAXCPUS=0", and everything went fine afterwards.
Thanks guys for your support,

Chris Size
 
Old 05-30-2007, 12:53 AM   #8
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a little late, but it would help if you put your distribution in your profile
 
Old 05-31-2007, 05:46 PM   #9
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Done, Thanks for all the help.

Chris
 
  


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