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Old 06-29-2007, 06:20 AM   #1
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Unhappy Hanging on Start up for Suse 10.1

Hi Gang,

Although I am a newbie to the forum, I have been using Suse Linux 10.1 for some time. I am running a dual hard drive and everything has been running smoothly until now. When selecting Linux on boot, the system hangs. Upon checking it appears to hang when reaching "setting hardware clock". Attempts to repair the system with the installation DVD has not met with any success.

Any kind soul to put me out of my misery on how to fix this problem?
Old 06-29-2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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SuSE 10.1 is very buggy. I can't wait to ditch it. So, one solution is get your data off to safe alternate location and ugrade to SuSE 10.2 which is apparently better. A newer or another distro will simply install over your SuSE distro without disturbing other OSes you have on the drive. You could get your data off with any of the live CDs (e.g., Knoppix, Ubuntu) and either a network share, USB drive or even CD-R or DVD-R.

A more Linux-like thing to do would be to try to fix the problem: Think of what you have done recently on the computer. Have you made any changes in SuSE itself or from your other OS (Windows?) which might have caused this? Upgrades? Configuration changes? Hardware changes? Turned services on or off?

I would also try booting in "safe mode" or single-user mode; alternately, try booting without splash screen to see if you can see terminal-style output during the boot up. If you can boot into single-user/"safe" mode look at output from 'dmesg' and 'cat /var/log/messages'. If you can't boot up even in safe mode, try booting with a live CD and copying the /var/log/messages file off for analysis.

If you can come back with some answers to the above question and output from the messages log or dmesg, I'll try to help you.

Old 07-02-2007, 03:26 AM   #3
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Hanging on start up

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the advice. What I have done in the meantime is create a new partition and re-installed Linux. I then mounted the partition with the data on start-up. This seems to have solved the immediate problem as I now have access to my data. I intend following your advice and moving the data to a safer location and then upgrading to 10.2




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