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    Default New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Hey all,

    Like I said, I am new to openSUSE, but have been using different flavors of Linux for years. Basically, if I can easily install this on my Zotac Zbox, I can seamlessly transition it to my desktop.

    The Zbox specs are:
    CPU - Intel Atom D525 1.8
    Memory - 4Gb
    Chipset - Intel NM10 Express
    Onboard Graphics - Next Generation NVidia ION 512 MB DDR3


    Looks like this: http://www.zotacusa.com/zbox-id41.html

    Anyway, after installation I get to the splash screen and it starts to flicker back and forth between splash screen and a command line boot sequence and will go no farther. The only thing I can boot into is Rescue.

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    For the record this is the 13.1, 64bit iso that I dd'ed onto a flash drive.

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    Default AW: Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    I would suggest to install the proprietary nvidia driver.
    See here:
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers

    You need the G03 driver, labelled as "For GeForce 8 and later" (or "[GeForce 8xxx and newer") on that page.

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    Default Re: AW: Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    I would suggest to install the proprietary nvidia driver.
    I actually have the one installed that is specific to the ION cards. Gotten directly from the NVidia page.

    Do you think I should install the G03 driver anyway?

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Quote Originally Posted by BugTrackerJacker View Post
    I actually have the one installed that is specific to the ION cards. Gotten directly from the NVidia page.

    Do you think I should install the G03 driver anyway?
    It's not necessary as this should be exactly the same.

    The RPMs have some advantages though. They take care of everything during installation (like the necessary nouveau blacklist) and don't have to be reinstalled after certain updates (kernel f.e.).

    How exactly did you install that driver? Maybe you forgot to blacklist the nouveau driver or something?
    Does this give any output:
    Code:
    grep nouveau /etc/modprobe.d/*
    Could you please do a normal boot, then reboot to recovery mode and post the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old ? (upload it to http://susepaste.org and post a link)

    You could try to add "nomodeset" to your boot options. Does it boot then?
    (Press 'e' at the boot menu, search for a line starting with "linux" and append "nomodeset" at the end, then press 'F10' to boot)
    Last edited by wolfi323; 25-Feb-2014 at 12:37.

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post

    How exactly did you install that driver? Maybe you forgot to blacklist the nouveau driver or something?
    I installed the driver by downloading the *.run file from the NVidia website and installed it when I was in recovery mode by dropping into run level 3 then rebooting.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Does this give any output:
    Code:
    grep nouveau /etc/modprobe.d/*
    I will do this as soon as I get home tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Could you please do a normal boot, then reboot to recovery mode and post the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old ? (upload it to http://susepaste.org and post a link)
    So boot up normally to where it flickers, then reboot into recovery? I will do this tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    You could try to add "nomodeset" to your boot options. Does it boot then?
    (Press 'e' at the boot menu, search for a line starting with "linux" and append "nomodeset" at the end, then press 'F10' to boot)
    I have done this and it still boots into a flickering splash screen and goes no further.

    Thanks for your help, I will update tonight.

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Quote Originally Posted by BugTrackerJacker View Post
    I installed the driver by downloading the *.run file from the NVidia website and installed it when I was in recovery mode by dropping into run level 3 then rebooting.
    AFAIK this doesn't do anything to prevent the nouveau driver from loading, so there can be problems.
    But adding "nomodeset" to the boot options should have fixed them in that case.

    You could also try "plymouth.enable=0" in addition to "nomodeset".

    I will wait for your Xorg log though, before giving further advise.

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Here is a random question, since I have openSUSE on my desktop and it runs fine, I am wondering if I should just stick Lubuntu on this box since I don't really care about the OS on it that much other than it needing to be really light weight.

    All it is is a small HTPC that I use to run XBMC, connect to my NAS, and run rtorrent.

    What do you think?

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Alright, so I just got home, I appended 'nomodeset' and 'plymouth.enable=0'.

    It booted in fine, but now it has SUPER small text.

    Code:
    grep nouveau /etc/modprobe.d/*
    Yields

    Code:
    /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf:blacklist nouveau
    Here is the Xorg.0.log.old:

    http://susepaste.org/35574833

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    Default Re: New to openSUSE, after initial install, will not boot

    Alright, so it seems to be fixed.

    I appended the two options to the boot menu.

    I fixed the small font size by adding a .Xdefaults (I'm running LXDE) file containing the line:

    Code:
    Xft.dpi: 96
    Thanks for your help.

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