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    Default Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    Hello

    I had a thread on this subject yesterday, but starting a new one today.

    I bought an openSUSE 11 installation DVD from CheapBytes.

    I installed on a Gateway GM5474. Full hardware spec's can be found in the component list here:

    Gateway Support - 1009568 Gateway GM5474 Desktop Computer

    (Except I pulled the TV card, and added a Cisco Aironet PCI352)

    The installation goes great, but when it reboots it won't start the GUI. Instead of the GUI, it boots to a command prompt. (I am able to log in at the command prompt.)

    I tried using startx and sax2 commands as suggested by people yesterday, with no results.
    I did the install three times with KDE 3, and one time with KDE 4. I got the same result all four times.

    On that first command prompt screen, it gives me a long string of file names. And then:

    Died at: /usr/share/sax/init.pl line 653

    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199
    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199
    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199
    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199
    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199
    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199
    isax: could not import file: /var/cache/sax/files/config at /usr/sbin/isax line 199

    Argument. '''' isn't numeric in sprintf at /usr/share/yast/modules/xlib.pm line 261 (#1)

    (w numeric) The indicated string was fed as an argument to an operator that expected a numeric value instead. If you're fortunate, the message will identify which operator was so unfortunate
    Note: I was not able to copy and paste the text above, so typo's are possible.

    Then there was a bunch of other stuff, and the at the bottom there was:

    linux-ks83 login: run level 5 has been
    failed services in run level 5
    skipped services in run level 5
    ^[[B^[[B^[[B^[[B
    Yesterday there was a question about the possibility of a conflict between the mainboard integrated GPU, and the GeForce 8500 card. (PCIe)

    In the mainboard BIOS, there is no option to disable the integrated GPU, the only option is to select which one is init. (PCIe was, and still is, selected as init)

    I don't think there is a graphics card problem. It works perfectly with YAST during install.

    My guess is that the DVD I'm installing from is defective. But that's only a guess.

    PS: This is the first time I've ever tried to install GNU/Linux, So I have very limited knowledge of the subject.

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    I installed from the DVD a fifth time, this time I loaded Gnome. I got the same results as with KDE 3 & 4, except it gave me an extra screen at the end, telling me that it was unable to start Xserver, and the likely cause was that it wasn't set up correctly.

    If I choose failsafe during boot, it will boot into a desktop, either KDE or Gnome.

    I have a Cisco Aironet PCI 350 card. (actually a PCI352)

    If I had the client utility for this card set up, I could access the internet from the machine.

    I was hoping the client utility would be included with the install.

    Can anyone tell me if there is a client utility available for the card?

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    * SemiLucid,

    appears it has an NVidia card. Please login as root in runlevel 3, start yast, activate the NVidia repository and install the NVidia kernel modules. After that, start
    sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
    in order to reconfigure X.

    Uwe

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    Uwe

    I'm completely unfamiliar with this operating system

    As far as I can tell, its booting into the bash shell. Am I supposed to call the bash shell the command line?

    People keep telling me to log on and off as root, but during install, it only gave me one opportunity to create a password, so all I have is the root password.

    I can log-in at the command line, but I don't know how to enter runlevel 3 or yast.

    Please login as root in runlevel 3, start yast, activate the NVidia repository and install the NVidia kernel modules. After that, start
    sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
    in order to reconfigure X.
    Sounds good, But over my head

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    What I would really like to know: is the the DVD defective ?

    CheapBytes.com has been in business for a long time, I didn't think they wold ship a bad install disk.

    I emailed them but I haven't got a reply.

    I think I will quit on it for now, It should not be necessary to repair a new installation.

    The bad part is, that I bought the disk, so I could avoid all the trouble of downloading and burning a disk.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SemiLucid View Post
    Uwe

    I'm completely unfamiliar with this operating system

    As far as I can tell, its booting into the bash shell. Am I supposed to call the bash shell the command line?

    People keep telling me to log on and off as root, but during install, it only gave me one opportunity to create a password, so all I have is the root password.

    I can log-in at the command line, but I don't know how to enter runlevel 3 or yast.



    Sounds good, But over my head

    It's easy. At the green bootloader screen where you select, just pause it by moving your down arrow - Now move back to the default suse boot and press number 3 on your keyboard. You should see it type in the display lower down.
    Now hit enter.
    at the prompt to login type
    root
    followed by your password (text does not display as you type password)

    then type:
    sax2 -r -m 0=vesa

    reboot

    N.B. Rather than use the NVIDIA command I would suggets Vesa, as above

    This will give you a chance to login and enable repo's for the nvidia drivers
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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    caf4926

    I followed your instructions, and it all worked great, right up to the point that it froze, and told me:

    Died at /usr/share/sax/init.pl line 653

    Same as before. The DVD I'm installing from must be defective.

    I need to wait, and see if "CheapBytes" responds to my email.

    This is not a good experience for a first time Linux user

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SemiLucid View Post
    Same as before. The DVD I'm installing from must be defective.
    Why don't you check the md5sum on the DVD? Do you have an existing Linux install from where you can do that?

    If you read our newbies stickie:
    NEWBIES - Suse-11.0 Pre-installation PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums

    and read here:
    how to create iso file for checking md5sum on cd/dvd

    you see instructions on how to create a image11.iso file on your hard drive, which can then be checked with "md5sum image11.iso" and compared to the md5sum posted on the Novell/openSUSE web site.

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    No, I don't have an existing Linux box.

    This is the very first time I've tried to use it.

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    Default Re: Failed install.....openSUSE 11..... Bad DVD ?

    Although, I can boot into failsafe mode. Can I do it from there?

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