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I have just recently installed a lot of packages from the yast software installer plus installed about 21 updates on my SUSE 10.2. And that seems to have messed most of my system up. My video card driver was set back to default in the xorg.config file and when I boot i get a command line interface and have to login and type startx to get that running.
Furthermore when grub loads it does not say openSUSE 10.2 any more, it says something like: Kernel 2.6.?.??.??-??-default.
I have managed to change my driver back so thtas working but X still don't start as normal an SUSE 10.2 don't show up in GRUB
Is there no other way around! I really don't want to reformat everything I have had enough hassle over thelast couple of month getting everything set up with drivers and all that. I just want X to start automatically and have the user logged in on start up
If you were using a proprietary video driver, you will need to reload that driver anytime you have updated your kernel software. This very much sucks, but it is very true. I use the nVidia externally loaded video driver downloaded from the nVidia web site. It works great, but kernel updates kill it most every time! What kind of video driver are you using and how did you load the video driver in the first place?
You could reinstall and only format the root partition hda1 and not format the user partition hda3 which is where your personal settings are kept .
The easiest way is to change the grub boot line I suppose but I don't know how offhand . You would start by learning how grub works and changing the appropriate line .
Just guessing from above I would play with
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-126.96.36.199-0.1-default root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x317 resume=/dev/hda2 splash=silent showopts
notice that it is addressed to hda6 does hda1/etc/grub have boot up files too?
if so try a change back to that. Probably got a Windows partition there though but just check its going to where it should be going
Also it can be changed by Yast so find out how and try that
It would worry me what changed it in the first place to cause the problem
Here is ny setup
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sat Mar 3 13:43:30 EST 2007
##YaST - generic_mbr
##YaST - activate
###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 10.2
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-34-default root=/dev/hda1 vga=0x314 resume=/dev/hda2 splash=silent showopts elevator=
###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: MEPIS at hda4, kernel 2.6.15-26-386 (/dev/hda4)###
title MEPIS at hda4, kernel 2.6.15-26-386 (/dev/hda4)
kernel (hd0,3)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-26-386 root=/dev/hda4 vga=normal nomce quiet