Booting from live CD stops at localhost: login


I have MX Linux installed (details below). When trying to boot OpenSUSE from USB it stops at localhost login in what looks like terminal screen.

I tried the same USB on other machine I have and it works.

Any tips?

 System:    Host:  Kernel: 5.6.0-2-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.3.0             parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.6.0-2-amd64 root=UUID= ro quiet             splash             Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.14.5 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM Distro: MX-19.2_KDE_x64 patito feo August 16  2020             base: Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)  Machine:   Type: Desktop System: Dell product: OptiPlex GX620 v: N/A serial:  Chassis: type: 6 serial:              Mobo: Dell model: 0HH807 serial:  BIOS: Dell v: A07 date: 03/31/2006  CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Pentium D bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Netburst Smithfield family: F (15)             model-id: 4 stepping: 7 microcode: 3 L2 cache: 1024 KiB             flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 bogomips: 11171             Speed: 2793 MHz min/max: N/A Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2793 2: 2793             Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Vulnerable             Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion             Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT disabled             Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI             Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable             Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization             Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling             Type: srbds status: Not affected             Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected  Graphics:  Device-1: Intel 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0             chip ID: 8086:2772             Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: intel compositor: kwin_x11 resolution: 1280x1024~60Hz             OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945G v: 1.4 Mesa 20.0.7 direct render: Yes  Audio:     Device-1: Intel 82801G AC97 Audio vendor: Dell OptiPlex GX620 driver: snd_intel8x0 v: kernel bus ID: 00:1e.2             chip ID: 8086:27de             Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.6.0-2-amd64  Network:   Device-1: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express vendor: Dell OptiPlex GX620             driver: tg3 v: 3.137 port: e8a0 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 14e4:1677             IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:   Drives:    Local Storage: total: 372.58 GiB used: 34.37 GiB (9.2%)             ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Kingston model: SA400S37240G size: 223.57 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B             speed:  serial:  rev: B1D2 scheme: MBR             ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST3160812AS size: 149.01 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B             speed:  serial:  rev: H scheme: MBR  Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 98.57 GiB size: 96.52 GiB (97.92%) used: 21.95 GiB (22.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1  Sensors:   Message: No sensors data was found. Is sensors configured?  Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list             Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/atom.list             1: deb [arch=amd64] any main            Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list             1: deb buster-updates main contrib non-free            Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list             1: deb buster main contrib non-free            2: deb buster/updates main contrib non-free            Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list             1: deb buster main non-free            2: deb buster ahs            No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list  Info:      Processes: 188 Uptime: 16h 59m Memory: 1.94 GiB used: 1.10 GiB (56.7%) Init: SysVinit v: 2.93 runlevel: 5             default: 5 Compilers: gcc: 8.3.0 alt: 8 Shell: quick-system-in running in: quick-system-in inxi: 3.0.36  


Trying Tumbleweed?

Wow, your BIOS is from 2006, I thought I’m the only one using such old hardware!

Can you login and see what’s going on in dmesg?

Well, what can I say… the machine works. :slight_smile:

How do I login to dmesg?

you login to the console present after boot and enter


and maybe


Post the command and the output here in code-tags (the “#” symbol above the text window here while you enter yout post). If the output is too long, use susepaste ( and post the link here…

I assume that will be a bit difficult for him as he can not copy/paste.

Maybe you can redirect the output to a memory stick and thus transfer to a system where you can use a browser to the forums.

Sorry, I assumed ssh to be enabled on the USB-stick installation (and networking functional…).

Might be, but a bit of help to the OP how to do that might be good :wink:

btw. if you search your hardware

OptiPlex GX620 integrated Intel 82945G/GZ 

on the interwebs you will find a lot of problems with graphics under linux.

You know how to access your machine via ssh from linux console or from windows via putty, I guess, as you know how to find the full system description under linux? :wink:

I see you guessed the copy problem I had to solve:) Never mind, I learned something in the process…

Here it goes:

And thank you all for helping me. I appreciate the effort!

You may not realize that when your boot arrives at that text “localhost login” that your machine might still be working, it hasn’t stopped at that point.

Give it a good wait… even a full 120 seconds or so….
To be sure that your system has truly come to a halt and isn’t just busy ing the background.

Not sure why, usually at that point the pause is brief enough not to be misleading…
On older versions of openSUSE I used to see it pause for up to 20 or so seconds,
on 15.2 I’ve noticed it pause distinctively but at most only maybe 5 seconds.


I have 3 SFF GX620 in service with Leap and Tumbleweed. Two are using the onboard Intel 945 graphics. IIRC, this GPU is too old for X support from the upstream default DDX modesetting, so xf86-video-intel must be installed, and KMS must be left in its default state, enabled, which requires neither nomodeset nor i915.modeset=0 be present on Grub’s kernel command line.

I have let it for half an hour. Nothing happened.

How can I install xf86-video-intel?

On live media boot I don’t know whether it is possible. I would expect the live media to include it already. On an ordinary installation, use YaST Software to search for it, and if not already installed, have YaST install it. Or

sudo zypper in xf86-video-intel

will either install it, or report it is already installed.

If included on live media it may be necessary to configure its use and restart X. If the live media boot includes nomodeset or i915.enable=0 it would be necessary to either choose an alternative boot stanza that contains neither, or edit the selection to remove it. If it’s not included, it may be necessary to edit or add /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf to specify as follows

Section "Device"
    Identifier "DefaultDevice"
	Driver	"intel"

and then restart X.