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Old 10-29-2006, 02:50 AM   #1
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Question Are there issues with Suse10.1 running on AMD64 instead of Intel?

I have tried to get:

Suse 10.1
Suse 10.1/XEN
SLED 10 run on my AMD64 machine.

Only XEN would run OK.

The others would not boot from the GRUB screen.

If I entered FAILSAFE mode, I could go to ROOT and give
the INIT 5 command to start KDE.
KDE would start, but the mouse would freeze about 95% of the time.

I really want to use SLED 10, but don't know how to fix this....and I HAVE searched high and low on the Internet to try to fix this so Linux runs on my AMD64 machine.

I did get Suse 10.1 to run on an old Pentium 2 machine (when testing Linux out), but it's too slow.

Does anybody know of an Internet source or book to get Linux running on AMD64 machines? My configuration is listed below.

Thanks for any and all help.
Old 10-29-2006, 03:02 AM   #2
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Running linux on amd64 is basicly the same as running it from x86 platform. Only error you could make is to download incorrect platforms cd's and try to boot but 64-bit systems also support 32-bit so it shouldn't be an issue.

I'm not sure if the problem is your chipset as I don't know if linux has support for AM2 yet.

Does it give any errors on the boot?
Old 10-29-2006, 03:13 AM   #3
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Thank you for the quick reply.

I am using the install from the November 2006 issue of LINUX Format magazine.

I just tried to boot using the FAILSAFE mode, then switch to ROOT and running the "startx" command.

It looked like all was well, until I arrived at the desktop.
The background was all RED with pictures of "!" within yellow triangles and a bunch of bombs on the screen.

Some errors I noticed (the screen flys so fast at bootup, I can only see a few):

No acpi support in kernel.

Skipped services in Run level 3: acpid irq_balancer namcd nfs microcode smbfs splash

I'm so frustated with this. I've spent 2 weeks trying to get Linux up and running with little success **except for XEN**...I may have to go back to XEN, but I should be able to use any version of Suse on my machine.

Old 10-29-2006, 02:09 PM   #4
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Telling us you got the install disk in the "November 2006 issue of LINUX Format" doesn't do much good, unless we happen to also read that magazine, and then have the CD to check.

As mentioned above, the AM2 processors are still somewhat new. You would have to install the amd64 version of Suse to stand any chance at getting the install to work. I suspect what you tried to install was the i386 version.

You may alsa have better luck trying the beta release of the next version of Suse, if it is out. Trying to get the not-newest version on brand spanking new hardware is going to be tough.

The hardware compatability list page here doesn't have a single entry for AM2 chipset under processors. You may need google's help to see if anyone has succeeded in installing on it.

Old 10-29-2006, 03:46 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys, for the help.

I went back and re-installed the 10.1 version with the XEN boot option.

XEN works freezing and the video card appears to have zero conflict.

I will simply leave XEN as the boot option for now.
I'm going to attend an upcoming local User Group meeting.
As I go along, I'll hopefully learn more about this OS and what it takes to make it work for SLED.

Thanks again.


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