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    Default Install screen issue

    Ok, I've got a strange one here me and a Linux buddy of mine can't seem to figure out.

    I have both a OpenSUSE 11.1 Live CD and OpenSUSE 11.1 Standard DVD. Regardless of the media I seem to get this same problem.

    The boot/install menu comes up, I can see the OpenSUSE Gecko and it says Welcome (in like 5 languages). It's when the next screen that pops up I have an issue.

    The install menu pops up but there's no text. I get a green screen, some grey blobs, and eventually the little countdown circle pops up.

    If I just let the system sit there, it will act ilke it's trying to start the installer, and then reboot the machine.

    If I attempt to hit any keys, after two or three key press it just drops me to a screen that says:

    boot:

    I can type startlinux (or something to that effect) and it will tell me it's starting, and then reboot the machine.

    So, I thought there was something wrong with my disks. Nope. I'm able to install OpenSUSE to a Virtual Machine in Windows just fine.

    Any thoughts?

    My current hardware:

    AMD Phenom 9850
    4GB DDR2 1066MHz Memory
    nVidia 285GTX
    DFI LanParty 790FXB-M2RSH AM2+ Mainboard

    All settings are pretty much stock (as stock as DFI mainboards can get).

    I figure there's some BIOS setting that could be causing this, but we're both at a loss.

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    Default Re: Install screen issue

    I know what the installer should do, can tell you it's already going wrong in the bootloader. At 'boot' you would have to type 'linux', but I think it's going wrong before that.
    When the bootmenu starts, can you hit Escape and go into the 'old-style' bootloader? If so, does removing the 'vga=' option start the installer?

    And......no, DFI boards are not stock. Did you google about for this already? Tried DFI's site/support?
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    Yeah, it's going wrong well before that.

    And no, when I hit ESC it just sits there. Hit it again, it goes to the boot: screen.

    Actually, that happens when I hit any keys.

    To be honest, I've Googled it so much my head hurts from reading.

    I really don't know what to Google specifically, but I've tried many different searches.

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    Cool Re: Install screen issue

    The new linux kernels with the display finder applications are causing some systems not to get installed.

    I call it the VISTA bug.

    Anyhow, try to wait for os11.2, maybe this bug is removed there. Currently, its not for os111.

    If u still wanna try, BACKUP all data. Install via the NET CD. Maybe it might just work.

    CAREFULLY select the display. Write your existing settings somewhere.

    Hope u make it.......

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    Could this possibly be something as simple as bad burns?

    I've had some interesting issues with the 11.1 install disks that I haven't had on the same systems when testing out my own Suse Studio creations. Perhaps you may want to try the 4.2.2 respin even though it's not an "official" release.

    Just a thought...
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    I don't see how it could be a bad burn.

    One is a Live CD, the other is a DVD and I've installed from both to a virtual environment to test them.

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    Default Re: Install screen issue

    Try holding the SHIFT key down as you boot he DVD, see if it will take you to a text mode install
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    Try holding the SHIFT key down as you boot he DVD, see if it will take you to a text mode install
    Ok, I'll try that when I get home.

    Any other recommendations? This is REALLY annoying. lol

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    Did you try to change the display settings at the bootup scren?
    You can do that with F3

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    Default Re: Install screen issue

    Did you try to change the display settings at the bootup scren?
    You can do that with F3
    You can't even see that option on the screen. There is no text what so ever.

    However, I did know that the F3 key would allow it to change the resolution.

    Unfortunately, as stated in the original post if I hit any keys it just drops to a prompt labled boot:_

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