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.
When you say you tried “all boot options listed in the start-up guide”, does that include
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):
(NB: Alt is the “left” Alt key on most PC’s, and SysReq is sometimes labeled as “Print Screen” or similar).