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    Default Can't boot after update - please help

    Hi,and thanks to all in advance.
    Running 11.1 (Dual boot with windows Xp which works as fine as windows works) with internal graphics (Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family)

    Updated yesterday and had troubles with the opensuse factory repository (something about there not being a checksum). But apart from that it ran ok and then asked me to reboot, which i did.

    At which point when it reloaded it got to grub fine, selected opensuse as normal, get progress bar moving most of the way up until the point where the login screen appears... and then it goes blank screen with a static cursor in top left corner.

    Tried failsafe mode, gets to command line. Tried 'startx' and that just goes to blank screen.
    Have tried 'sax2 -r -m 0=vesa' both straight from falisafe and normal mode (with vga=...etc replaced with '3') as recommended in other threads. But when I do that I get a blank screen with a cross-like cursor in the middle i can't move and it freezes. I manually reboot and back to square one.
    Also tried 'sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx' in hope that might help (it was suggested to detect driver), but did nothing.

    Have booted with livecd, mounted /home and copied files to external drive, so am backed up, but would rather not reinstall.
    Any advice?
    Ben

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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    When you boot and get to the splash screen with the progress bar, hit Escape to remove the splash screen and watch for any messages that may point to the problem.

    You could also look for errors in var/log/boot.msg
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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    Hi, thanks for reply
    Pressed ESC and nothing out of the ordinary comes up (not that I'd know really, but nothing red) and the screen goes blank 5-10 seconds before computer stops chugging so assumedly something is happening i can't see.
    Booted in failsafe, went cd /var/log/ then 'less boot.msg' to read.
    746 lines long, don't really know what I might be looking for. Except first lines=
    Code:
    Inspecting /boot/System.map-2.6.27.25-0.1-default
    cannot find map file.
    No module symbols loaded - kernel modules not enabled.
    
    Cannot build symbol table - disabling symbol lookups
    klogd 1.4.1, log source = ksyslog started.
    <6> Initializing ...... etc, etc
    But the stuff logged most recent is at the bottom of the file so I don't know if that's pertinent.
    Sorry if that isn't much help.
    What else might there be?

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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    With the boot messages, your mainly looking for stuff that implies that it was unable to do something. It will probably be towards the end where it fails to continue.

    With the boot.msg file have a look at the entries after
    "Boot logging started on ..."

    With mine it starts on line 1144.

    You can also look in var/log/boot.omsg for the same sort of info.

    Other than that, I don't really know where else to look.
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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    ok, started in failsafe mode and then looked at /var/log/boot.msg. This stands out
    Code:
    doneStarting service kdm
    The failsafe X.Org configuration /etc/X11/xorg.conf.install no longer exists.
    Either move it back (if still available) or copy /etc/X11/xorg.conf to
    /etc/X11/xorg.conf.install to use the native graphics driver instead of the
    failsafe graphics driver. Of course the latter option no longer can be called
    failsafe.
    unused
    and at the very bottom it says
    Code:
    Master Resource Control: runlevel 5 has been reached
    Skipped services in runlevel 5: smbfs earlyxdm nfs xdm
    <notice>killproc: kill(1818,3)
    then in /var/log/boot.omsg which i assume is the last boot which wasn't failsafe, it has
    Code:
    Starting service kdmdone
    Not starting NFS client services - no NFS found in /etc/fstab:unused
    and at the end of the start-up sequence (before it starts shutting down when i pressed th epower button after it froze) it has
    Code:
    Master Resource Control: runlevel 5 has been reached
    Skipped services in runlevel 5: smbfs nfs
    <notice>killproc: kill(1820,3)
    oh, and further up in the file it has
    Code:
    System Boot Control: The system has been set up
    Skipped features: boot.md boot.cycle
    and it says the same in boot.msg too.
    thanks again

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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    OK, I'm fairly new at this too, but if /etc/X11/xorg.conf.install doesn't exist i'd try copying /etc/X11/xorg.conf to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.install as it says and see what happens.

    Log in as root
    Code:
    cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.install
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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    ok, tried that but it just meant that failsafe mode went straight through to the blank screen with giving me the CLI.

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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    Sorry, being fairly new to Linux I don't know what other diagnostic tools are available to search for info on the possible problem.

    Hopefully someone with more experience will step in and help.
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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    Thanks alot anyway david71, it's been good to explore anyway.

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    Default Re: Can't boot after update - please help

    Can you remember what you updated yesterday, as that may point to what may be broken?
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