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    Post [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    Good morning / afternoon everybody !

    I'm experiencing some strange isssues with openSuse 11.4 64 bits with Gnome desktop on my Lenovo ThinkPad T510 (type number: 4349-4JG).
    I set installed packages during openSuse's installation, so that I don't have any KDE packages (except for specific dependencies).
    It was installed without any errors, and the very first thing I did was getting my system updated.

    When I try to use 32bits Terminal, system freezes and desktop gets "broken" in many parts. I can't do anything, the mouse works but keyboard doesn't. Force my laptop to shut down is the only thing I can do.
    Sometimes, I'm logged out (without clicking on "Log Out" !) when I'm doing something. It's quite random, but I experienced it during a soft install (crossover, Firefox) or when I'm working (or trying to...) on LibreOffice Write and Calc.
    And when I could get crossover installed, I experienced this issue at any time I was trying to install a Windows soft: Adobe Reader, Outlook, etc. In this case, the software bottle is created but the soft isn't installed.

    I updated laptop's BIOS before trying to install openSuse.

    Anyone has an idea ?

    P.S.: I'm new with openSuse, but not with Linux systems.

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    On 07/13/2011 12:36 PM, Ashina wrote:

    > I set installed packages during openSuse's installation, so that I
    > don't have any KDE packages (except for specific dependencies).


    my first guess is that during your "set installed packages" you blocked
    the instillation of needed stuff...

    idea: with your experience level in openSUSE maybe it is better to go
    with the default, and then delete items when you understand their
    use/value to you system..

    > When I try to use 32bits Terminal


    why do you say 32bit terminal when you installed 64? (did you
    selectively install some 32 bit utilities in addition to some 64 bit
    ones, or what?


    > Sometimes, I'm logged out (without clicking on "Log Out" !) when I'm
    > doing something. It's quite random, but I experienced it during a soft
    > install (crossover, Firefox) or when I'm working (or trying to...) on
    > LibreOffice Write and Calc.
    > And when I could get crossover installed, I experienced this issue at
    > any time I was trying to install a Windows soft: Adobe Reader, Outlook,
    > etc. In this case, the software bottle is created but the soft isn't
    > installed.


    wait a second! there is imo absolutely no reason to install Adobe Reader
    for Windows to run in crossover (or WINE)! (that is, there is an Adobe
    Reader made for Linux and freely downloadable/installable into openSUSE..)

    and, if you must hang on to OutHouse (Outlook)....well, the way you
    describe it it sounds like you _must_ run Window's software, and want to
    do it in Linux....if that is all you want then just run real
    (licensed/legal) Windows in a VM hosted by Linux...job done.

    > P.S.: I'm new with openSuse, but not with Linux systems.


    did you also use your previous Linux install to host crossover and a
    full complement of Window's software?

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    my first guess is that during your "set installed packages" you blocked
    the instillation of needed stuff...

    idea: with your experience level in openSUSE maybe it is better to go
    with the default, and then delete items when you understand their
    use/value to you system..]
    I didn't remove anything other KDE packages, except for required packages (dependencies). I first tried with default install (with Gnome), but I experienced some issues with KDE packages, ksmolt in particular.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post

    why do you say 32bit terminal when you installed 64? (did you
    selectively install some 32 bit utilities in addition to some 64 bit
    ones, or what?
    I found a 32bits Terminal in Applications Menu, and just wanted to try to use it. Nothing more.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post

    wait a second! there is imo absolutely no reason to install Adobe Reader
    for Windows to run in crossover (or WINE)!
    and, if you must hang on to OutHouse (Outlook)....well, the way you
    describe it it sounds like you _must_ run Window's software, and want to
    do it in Linux....if that is all you want then just run real
    (licensed/legal) Windows in a VM hosted by Linux...job done.
    I tried to install Adobe Reader just for test. I could have chosen any other Windows software, no matter as I experience this issue at any time I try to install something.
    I must have an Outlook installed, as I have to use it at work (with other Windows software, which were packaged with VMware ThinApp). Windows License is not a problem, I can use job's one. But as I hate Windows and as I have to run many other VMs, I wanted to avoid this workaround to spare storage and RAM. And even if I choose this solution, I can't, because I experience this issue when I try to install VMware Server or Workstation.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post

    did you also use your previous Linux install to host crossover and a
    full complement of Window's software?
    I tried it on Ubuntu without issues, but it was on another PC (my private one).

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    On 07/13/2011 03:06 PM, Ashina wrote:

    > I tried it on Ubuntu without issues, but it was on another PC (my
    > private one).


    suggest you use what works!

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    You're right, but I really wanted to try openSuse. And as it's officially supported by Lenovo on their laptops (normally...), I thought it was a good opportunity to give it a try.

    By the way, I tried to install CentOS 6 on this laptop, and I can't log in. It freezes when I try to insert my password. Seems like my laptop has a serious problem, no ?

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    On 07/13/2011 09:36 PM, Ashina wrote:
    >
    > You're right, but I really wanted to try openSuse. And as it's
    > officially supported by Lenovo on their laptops (normally...),


    really?? well, i just looked at the "Datasheet" from Lenovo

    http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/..._Datasheet.pdf

    and it says, on page two the supported operating systems are Win7 32/64,
    vista and xp..


    > I thought it was a good opportunity to give it a try.


    it is a good opportunity! but, not if begin by mucking around with the
    install before you know anything about whats what... why? because doing
    that and you do not have a chance of knowing if it will work _or_ if you
    messed it up during install..

    let me recommend you
    -download a Live CD of KDE
    -md5sum _check_ the iso
    -burn an install CD as the lowest speed you can
    -boot from the CD and do this http://tinyurl.com/2ebcf27
    -if the disk has no errors, boot again and do NOT install, but instead
    run it live a while...do some browsing, give it a good test spin, make
    sure the keyboard works, the mouse, whatever..

    THEN, consider installing after you have read the following:

    http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...ease-read.html

    http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...ease-read.html

    http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...sta-guide.html

    note: don't let the "New Users" in the title throw you off--those are
    for new openSUSE users with even 25 years of *nix experience....

    additionally, have a cruise through the problems turned up by google:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=Lenov...+linux+problem

    >
    > By the way, I tried to install CentOS 6 on this laptop, and I can't log
    > in. It freezes when I try to insert my password. Seems like my laptop
    > has a serious problem, no ?


    well i don't know what the problem is, but if it were my laptop i would
    do this _before_ trying another install:

    -backup all data you have collected on that machine (music, emails,
    etc...anything you want to keep) to an off machine medium

    -try a few Live CDs (there are many of them!) if the openSUSE live CDs
    don't run, then for sure give Knoppix a try (it has probably the very
    best hardware detection routines)

    -if none of them works, say thank you to whoever picked out the T510 for
    you, and send Lenovo a congratulations note, because their Datasheet is
    completely correct.

    OH! you might look around and find a disto with an older kernel...maybe
    Debian, Arch, Puppy.....OH, the google above finds some folks having
    pretty good experience (few problems) with Ubuntu 10.04, so don't give
    up until you have tried it also..

    good luck, and let us know if you get going with openSUSE, or had to
    find something else!!

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    really?? well, i just looked at the "Datasheet" from Lenovo

    http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/..._Datasheet.pdf

    and it says, on page two the supported operating systems are Win7 32/64, vista and xp..
    By supported, I meant that drivers for Linux exist for this laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    let me recommend you
    -download a Live CD of KDE
    -md5sum _check_ the iso
    -burn an install CD as the lowest speed you can
    -boot from the CD and do this http://tinyurl.com/2ebcf27
    -if the disk has no errors, boot again and do NOT install, but instead run it live a while...do some browsing, give it a good test spin, make sure the keyboard works, the mouse, whatever..

    THEN, consider installing after you have read the following:

    NEW Users - openSUSE Pre-install (general)

    NEW Users - openSUSE-11.4 Pre-installation � PLEASE READ

    Install openSUSE alongside Win7/Vista - A Guide

    note: don't let the "New Users" in the title throw you off--those are for new openSUSE users with even 25 years of *nix experience....

    additionally, have a cruise through the problems turned up by google:
    Lenovo T510 linux problem - Google Search
    I tried it with a Live CD before (but with a GNOME Desktop), and tested my DVD before installation. No errors were found.
    I read carefully the links above, except for third one, because I don't want any dual boot installation (especially with Windows !).

    Concerning backups, instead of copy/paste gigas of datas separately, I always do a full system image with Acronis.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    -try a few Live CDs (there are many of them!) if the openSUSE live CDs don't run, then for sure give Knoppix a try (it has probably the very best hardware detection routines)
    Finally, I have a piece of good news. I installed a 32bits openSuse 11.4, and I don't get that much issues. I mean, I didn't try to install anything yet, but it works since yesterday with this edition without Xorg crashes or unwanted log out.
    I'm going to install some software this afternoon, I'll see if it's better.

    EDIT: It has just got a freeze, but came back to a normal state after about 30 seconds.

    If no, I'll try with Ubuntu and Knoppix.

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    According to the spec sheet, that Lenovo T510 has hybrid graphics: "• Intel® Integrated Graphics and NVIDIA® NVS3100M
    Discrete Graphics" ...

    All GNU/Linux distributions, and not just openSUSE are struggling with PC's with hybrid graphics. We have a thread on it here on this subject: Hybrid Graphics driver help needed

    openSUSE really needs a user to figure this out, and then create a guide for others to follow. Perhaps you could volunteer to figure this out and create a guide?

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    On 07/14/2011 02:36 PM, Ashina wrote:
    > EDIT: It has just got a freeze, but came back to a normal state after
    > about 30 seconds.


    when you have a very new install there are several things that want to
    get some initial searching done (desktop searching)...when they are
    running it slows down everything else..

    just be patient, depending on what all has to be indexed it could take
    from some minutes to some hours...

    and, the way the system is set up you can usually expect lots of things
    to start up in the background about 15 minutes after boot--just expect
    it and work though it...everything is usually done in a few minutes and
    from then on it should be super smooth sailing!

    and, at least at first don't assume your system is "frozen" until you
    have given it as much as five or 15 minutes to regain its composure..

    personally, i never consider my machine needing any drastic action (like
    forced shutdown, kill, etc) until i've given the system 15 minutes to
    see if it can work out the problem by itself....

    just walk away, and wait...it OFTEN happens i come back and all is
    cool...and, it may not happen again..

    by the way, what are your graphics? if ati or nvidia be sure and see
    here....LOTS of problems with graphics with the newer kernels:
    http://tinyurl.com/37v9y7m

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    Default Re: [openSuse 11.4] - Strange issues with a Lenovo T510

    Okay, oldcpu seems to be right.
    This Lenovo does have hybrid graphics, an Intel Integrated Graphics and a Nvidia NVS3100M. Kind of crazy, it never worked with Windows, all drivers updated...

    I'm going to try to figure this out... I can't promise for a future guide, but if I find a good solution, I'll do it.

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