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Thread: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POST

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    Default Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POST

    Hello,

    I'm currently trying to install Open SuSE v11 (32bit) on a system using the Live CD. The last step in the procedure, found on this site, states that I should reboot the system after finishing the installation wizard and that when the system boots back up it will begin the rest of the installation process. However after rebooting my system sits with a blinking cursor on a black screen after POST. I do see HD activity on the HD LED but the system isn't doing anything otherwise. I've left it in this state for as much as 30 minutes with no change in display or HD activity. The system isn't locked up because the numlock and caplock LEDs respond properly.

    This system is a Dell Optiplex GX240 w/512MB RAM and a 20GB HD. I used a knoppix bootable ISO to shred the drive prior to install to ensure that there would be no partitioning issues. During the partitioning step of the installation procedure I elected to install a swap and a root partition (standard stuff).

    I have since re-shreaded the drive and re-accomplished the Live CD installation proceedure, as described, with the same results.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Rob Ramsey
    Colorado Springs

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    Default Re: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POS

    This may sound strange, but could you boot from the live cd with the additional parameter
    noapic

    you have to press F6 and type that in the extra options line and boot. Then do the install after formatting the existing root partition.
    nucleuskore
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    Default Re: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POS

    Hello,

    I did as you asked and the system has the same behavior as before. It simply sits with a blinking cursor after the POST messages.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Rob Ramsey
    Colorado Springs

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    Default Re: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POS

    Hello,

    Let me be more detailed...


    This computer was running Windows 2000 until I used a Knoppix bootable
    ISO and shredded the hard drive. I decided to shred the drive so that
    I'd have a totally fresh disk to put SuSE on. (using shred -n 1 -v -z /
    dev/hda)


    Because I have run Windows 2k on it, booted it off of a knoppix iso
    and shredded the HD, and booted it off of the Open SuSE v11 Live CD, I
    know that this system is operational. Performing an fdisk -l shows
    the partitions on the system, looking at /proc/cpuinfo and /proc/
    meminfo, the system reports the correct CPU, RAM, and HD info. If
    this system was broken in any way I would expect it to have showen
    some kind of bad behavior at some point during all of this.


    This computer has a CDROM, no DVD reader. So, I'm forced to use the
    Live CD for install. I attempted to connect an external USB DVD
    reader but the BIOS doesn't see the external USB device at boot time.


    So, I boot off of the Open SuSE v11 32Bit Live CD as described on the
    opensuse.org website Installation/11.0 Live CD - openSUSE
    . I select Open SuSE 11 at the boot time splash screen and the system
    begins to boot off of the CD. After a brief period I'm presented with
    a desktop populated with a green wallpaper and icons as described on
    the installation proceedure. I double click on the Install icon and
    process through the presented GUI menus accepting the license
    agreement, selecting my timezone, creating the first user, and
    selecting a partiton setup. There's really no way to screw up the
    install unless someone intentionally goes in a fools with the
    partition stuff; which I'm not. I click on the install button on the
    last install screen and the system begins the install process. This
    take a little while but it completes without any errors. The last
    window presented at the end of the installation process states that I
    need to reboot the system with the Live CD removed. So, I select
    reboot from the start menu and select reboot. When the system begins
    flashing the BIOS stuff I eject the CDROM. The system completes the
    POST and then I'm presented with a blank black screen with a blinking
    cursor in the top left corner. I've tried rebooting the system
    several times with the same result. I've also tried all of the F?
    keys on the keyboard and nothing happens. The system does beep one
    time per keypress after I've pressed the keys maybe 15 times.


    I've gone through the install process again, taking pictures of each
    step. As a Solaris, Irix, and Linux system admin with over ten years
    of experience, I'm very capable of performing the instructions
    described on the opensuse.org website. My problem is that there's no
    way to start attacking this problem since I'm not even seeing the GRUB
    boot menu. I'm guessing that something special will have to done
    during the install process to get at least the boot loader running.
    You can view the pictures here: Picasa Web Albums - Robert Ramsey - SuSE 11 Live ...


    From a trouble-shooting standpoint it would be easy to say that the
    user is screwing something up. That just isn't the case. Again,
    since I've followed the install proceedure verbatum I don't know why
    this isn't working.


    Thanks,


    Rob Ramsey
    Colorado Springs

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    Default Re: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POS

    I know you did a proper install, I'm stumped.

    Could you give an extra parameter
    --nosplash
    and then try and boot

    That way we'll get to see the error messages
    nucleuskore
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    Default Re: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POS

    if you are not seeing the grub boot menu, it could be that grub isn't installed ? try installing grub & see what happens

    Andy
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    Default Re: Installing SuSE 11 via Live CD doesn't install after POS

    Hello,

    I did try to reinstall grub several times using the OpenSuSE 11 Live CD and a Knoppix CD.

    I ended up using shred on the drive again to wipe it clean and made a third attempt at the Live CD install. The third time the install worked correctly. The system is up and running.

    I didn't do anything differently during the third install. On the first install attempt I had also used shred to wipe the disk.

    Thanks for your help,

    Rob

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