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Old 09-07-2004, 07:54 PM   #1
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Just installed SuSE 9.1 Pro, need help

Hey all - I'm a completely new user here. I just bought SuSE 9.1 Pro. I've been a Windows user forever, XP for a couple years. It crashed on me for the last time. Now I installed suse and I am having some probs with the OS. I'm sure that I'm posting in the wrong forum section, sorry. I've looked in a lot of place all to no resolve.

While starting my install of suse, the blue screen, with the 'lizard' and progress bar, my comp froze - I waited it out and after about 2 minutes it loaded the OS w/o problem. Everytime I restart, I have this same problem.

Then after it loads and I see my main desktop - I went to update all my hardware, YaST does not work. The app starts up fine, but when I click onto an icon for the drivers or to install the correct ones, YaST displays the clock/timer thing, then... nothing. I can repeat the process endlessley, even after several reboots. So, no sound too.

My computer:
AMD Athelon 3000+
1gb DDRam
Seagate HD 40gb - was formatted w/o partition during install of SuSE
Seagate HD 80gb - did nothing to it yet - all my mp3's and pics, etc. (WinXP/NTFS)
Creative Audigy 2 ZS Sound Card with front I/O 5.1 sound
ATI Raedon 9000 Series w/ 128 mb ram

What else?

Please email me with help as I may not have access to my comp, but can print from work. Thanks all!!

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There are probably errors during boot. After you log in, you can access the log in /var/log/messages (all entries are with timestamps). Find your last boot and search for errors. Copy the messages you think may be interesting (the whole log is really long) and post it.
Old 09-08-2004, 10:45 AM   #3
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Ok, thanks for the initial help - I tried the terminal program - it said access denied. I typed it in the Konqueror url, and got an error message - 'you do not have enough permissions to read...' I am the only user on this comp.
Old 09-08-2004, 01:39 PM   #4
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Ok - some news is better than none, right?

I reinstalled SuSE 9.1 Pro, no partitions on the HD. Still have the slow boot, but YaST works now.

YaST allows me to look at my hardware, but I cannot update the hardware with specific software form the orignal disks... ie - ati and creative

I still cannot view the 'messages' file, but I installed SuSE with me as the only user and to 'auto login' (this is my home cpu)

So, what can I do next?
Old 09-08-2004, 01:40 PM   #5
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You'll need to become root to read the logfiles. At the terminal type:

su -

and then enter your root password. You are now root, so be carefull . Then you can read the /var/log/messages file. When you're done being root, type exit.
Old 09-08-2004, 01:47 PM   #6
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ok, as I am new, let me tell you what I am doing, maybe someone could help me do it right...
*opened the 'terminal program' from the taskbar
*typed 'su' then entered my password
*confirmed by 'whoami' that I am root
*typed ' /var/log/messages' and got the response
'bash: /var/log/messages: Permission denied'
what am I doing wrong?

I know this is all trivial to most of you, so thanks in advance for all your help

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Old 09-08-2004, 04:46 PM   #7
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Try this su
nano -w /var/log/messages to exit Ctrl x


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