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    Default Hardware Compatibility List

    Hi,

    I have used SuSE/ OpenSUSE since 6.1 and am having a lot of problems installing 12.1 on my machines. I am sure that the problem is something to do with graphics card compatibility issues. I wondered if anyone could please direct me to the OpenSUSE 12.1 hardware compatibility database.

    I accept that some of my test machines a getting a bit old but they have been running 11.4 perfectly and the actual 11.4 installation was a dream. Same machine (installing to a spare hard disk, normal hard disk unplugged) results in a text login prompt during install. I have tried both ATI and Nvidia AGP graphic cards and get the same problem.

    Once I find the hardware compatibility list, I plan to replace the graphics card.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Darren

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    Default Re: Hardware Compatibility List

    On 12/03/2011 02:36 PM, hodgedr wrote:
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    > I have used SuSE/ OpenSUSE since 6.1


    welcome back, you don't visit here often..


    > and am having a lot of problems installing 12.1 on my machines.


    lots of folks are having problems (on the other hand some are saying it
    is the smoothest every...i'm with you, i think the luck (good or bad)
    turns on hardware)

    there is no way (i know of) to test on the millions of potential
    combinations of hardware chips....so . . .


    > I am sure that the problem is something
    > to do with graphics card compatibility issues. I wondered if anyone
    > could please direct me to the OpenSUSE 12.1 hardware compatibility
    > database.


    that is a never ending problem...'they' don't fill that thing out until
    'they' get ready....and, of course in the case of linux in general and
    openSUSE in particular the 'they' are those folks looking at us in our
    mirror...so . . .

    so, here is the doorway to the hardware compatibility list/data base:

    http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Hardware
    i do not expect you will be happy with either the way it is laid out or
    the currency of its entries...but, both praise and non is best sent to
    the Wiki Team, either though mail list
    <opensuse-wiki+subscribe@opensuse.org> or their forum here
    <http://tinyurl.com/6ddyarr>

    >
    > I accept that some of my test machines a getting a bit old but they
    > have been running 11.4 perfectly and the actual 11.4 installation was a
    > dream.


    just to let you know where i am on this: i'm running my 11.4 and
    continue to do so until some of these problems shake out..

    i'd suggest you use your considerable experience to figure out how to
    document your problems in Bugzilla http://tinyurl.com/nzhq7j

    (putting there here does _nothing_ to help that effort, as the devs do
    NOT come here looking for stuff to fix...in fact they almost never come
    here at all....most of them are 110% tied up in either fixing 12.1 (and
    11.4, 11.3) *or* rushing around 'impoving' 12.2 (since is due out on
    12th July 2012!!)

    > Same machine (installing to a spare hard disk, normal hard disk
    > unplugged) results in a text login prompt during install. I have tried
    > both ATI and Nvidia AGP graphic cards and get the same problem.


    all of the above said, you probably will get along ok (maybe) if you
    follow this pretty good advice:

    The 1st thing to try is to boot from grub with boot code: nomodeset .
    This is per the guidance in the openSUSE-12.1 release notes. ie in
    grub's option line enter:

    nomodeset
    cite: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Configuring_graphics_cards

    if that doesn't make you smile then i guess you are probably getting
    bitten by the new systemd bug.....systemd is a problem, it is the new
    improved systemv...but it still has a way to go...

    you can boot to systemv by ... oh no! i can't find it...use the forums
    search engine to learn how to boot D instead of V, i think you press F5
    on the same screen as the one you enter 'nomodeset' on..

    by the way, if nomodeset and systemv together make you smile i'm pretty
    sure you need not bug report them...well, you should track down the
    already existing reports and ADD the data you know the devs will need
    (that the folks without experience form SuSE 6.1 don't have!!!)

    > Once I find the hardware compatibility list, I plan to replace the
    > graphics card.


    probably not required....just need the right driver...(which may be a
    problem, maybe not---if nomodeset works for you then afterwards you can
    transition to http://tinyurl.com/37v9y7m where you get good hints on how
    to install a working driver..

    let us know how you get on..

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    Default Re: Hardware Compatibility List

    Thanks for reminding me I just updated it for the hardware & VM that I use.
    Challenge your preconceptions, or they will challenge you.
    My 32 bit: E Machines T3103| VIA On board graphics|512MB RAM
    My 64 bit: Gateway 5670| Nvidia GeForce GT610 |CPU AMD Phenom 8400|4G RAM

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