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    Default OpenSuSE 11.1 install locks up PC

    I'm having trouble installing openSuSE 11.1 on a PC. The installation process repeatedly locks up the PC when installing the package kernel-pae-extra-2.6.27.7.9.1.i586.rpm. I can't move the mouse pointer and the numlock key doesn't toggle on and off, indicating the system is completely frozen.

    I've tried several different remedies, but the problem keeps occurring:

    1) installing from DVD with "installation from images" enabled
    2) installing from DVD with "installation from images" disabled
    3) network installation

    The system spec is as follows:

    AMD Athlon XP 3xxx+ Barton core
    2Gb RAM
    80Gb HDD attached to primary IDE channel along with a Sony DVD-RW drive
    Highpoint Rocket 133 PCI IDE controller with three disks attached (two on primary channel and one on secondary)

    During the installation I am specifying a custom partition setup:

    the HDD attached to onboard IDE controller has /boot, / (root) and swap partitions
    the HDDs attached to Rocket 133 are combined into an LVM setup containing /home, /opt and /var partitions. There will be additional partitions added to LVM once (if!) the installation is successful

    I am selecting KDE 3.5 as the window manager and accepting the default selection of packages - just to keep it simple, will add additional packages on completion of installation.

    I am totally stumped by this and it's driving me up the wall as I have spent too much valuable time trying to do what should be a straightforward task.

    Can anyone suggest what the problem might be and any potential solutions? Is there any other information I can provide to help diagnose the problem?

    Thanks...

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 install locks up PC

    Did you check the install media? The installer can do that.
    Installing pae-kernel should be nonsense because you only have 2 GB RAM.
    Do you have a reason not to install the 64-bit version? Many say 32bit in 64 should work, I know machines where the 64-bit version runs like a charm, while 32-bit wouldn't.

    Personally I would download and install the 64-bit version
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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 install locks up PC

    Did you check the install media? The installer can do that.
    Yes - it passed ok, although it took a few attempts to get the check to run without locking the machine.

    Do you have a reason not to install the 64-bit version? Many say 32bit in 64 should work, I know machines where the 64-bit version runs like a charm, while 32-bit wouldn't.
    It's a 32 bit CPU - a 64 bit version won't work. As it happens I already have a 64 bit install DVD which I used on my laptop. When I tried to use it on this system YAST objected on the grounds mentioned previously.


    Further update:
    I tried installing with the basic kernel (kernel-default-base-2.6.27.7-9.1.i586.rpm) and that causes the installation to lock up as well. Is this ever going to work!?

    If I had any hair left I'd be tearing it out right now!

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    If the machine keeps locking up i recommend to check the memory with memtest.
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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 install locks up PC

    Quote Originally Posted by BenderBendingRodriguez View Post
    If the machine keeps locking up i recommend to check the memory with memtest.
    Left the machine running memtest overnight. 6 passes completed and no errors found so far...looks like the memory is ok.

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    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 install locks up PC

    Thinking out loud: if any kernel locks up the system, there's nothing left but hardware. Since you checked the memory and the media, we can count those out.
    I don't know what your connection is like, but can you download a KDE4-live-cd, preferably with a different kernel, first try to run that from CD, then try an install?
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