Booting stuck at splash screen

New install on Compaq Presario F700 (F756NR)

The install went fine. I was able to get the Nvidia drivers working too. The problem I have is when the system boots. I get the OpenSuse splash screen, and the system just hangs.

I found that if I press <Esc> and hit <Enter> a few times, the system will eventually boot. I also found if I wiggle the mouse during the splash screen, the progress bar will begin to move, and the system will boot.

Seems to be something about detecting hardware during the boot phase, and it seems to be input related. Has anyone else had this problem?

Thanks!

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Try to remove any vga=0xXXX option from the line booting the kernel if you happen to have some.
You might have to use “nomodeset” too and blacklist the ‘nouveau’ driver (if it hasn’t been already blacklisted after you installed nvidia).

  • also try to boot in runlevel 3 (console mode) by appending a ‘3’ preceded by space to the boot options.

I’ve followed the Nvidia install directions. I added “nomodeset” to the boot options and I blacklisted “nouveau”. I’ve not removed the vga=0xXXX option or tried booting into runlevel 3. I have my doubts on the effects, but I’ll give it a whirl.

I don’t see how this issue could be video related and performing input actions (ie: pressing <Enter>, touching the trackpad, or wiggling the mouse) seems to fix the issue.

It may or may not matter, but I get the same problem if I boot into the Default Desktop or into Xen.

On 11/05/2010 10:06 AM, please try again wrote:
>
> Try to remove any vga=0xXXX option from the line booting the kernel if
> you happen to have some.
> You might have to use “nomodeset” too and blacklist the ‘nouveau’
> driver (if it hasn’t been already blacklisted after you installed
> nvidia).

You might also report the last line on the screen after you press the ESC. That
will tell us which part of the boot sequence is hanging.

I rebooted. I waited about 5 minutes and it was still stuck at the splash screen. The progress bar showed no progress. I pressed <Esc> and the last line I get is:

INIT: version 2.88 booting

I touched the trackpad (pressing <Enter> would have the same effect), and the system boots right up.

Summary is: The system won’t put out unless I give it foreplay. Is that a feature?

Was this ever fixed?

I am getting the same on my HP Pavilion dv9000 after a brand new 64bit openSUSE 11.3 install.

The system freezes for 10-15 minutes at
INIT: Version 2.88 booting
before continuing and stalling again at
Copying static /dev content

I can hasten the boot sequence and prevent the stalling by hitting enter repeatedly.

Any ideas?

Nope. The problem was never fixed.

Oddly, I don’t have this problem if I boot the xen kernel. Unfortunately, I don’t get the Nvidia drivers in xen.

The work around is if I press a key or wiggle the mouse during boot, it’ll move through the stuck parts faster.

I’m still experimenting on getting this fixed because it’s a major pain. I get this “stuck on boot” issue from hybernation mode too.

Press esc at boot at see what processes are hanging.

Also you may want to go to Yast-System-/etc/sysconfig Editor then boot section and see if PROMPT_FOR_CONFRIM is set to yes if so set it to NO.

Nope and nope.

As for what it hangs on, it’s in the thread. I did google around and found one other incident where someone described this exact same problem with the exact same behavior. But it was OpenSUSE 11.1 (I think). In fact, it was that post that showed me that wiggling the mouse also got it past the stuck parts.

I wouldn’t say the boot process hangs. Saying that it stalls is better. I my guess is that it’s input related because giving input seems to prod it along. I think the other day I plugged in a USB device during boot and that too helped move it along.

On 2010-12-03 18:36, releppes wrote:
>
> Nope and nope.
>
> As for what it hangs on, it’s in the thread. I did google around and
> found one other incident where someone described this exact same problem
> with the exact same behavior. But it was OpenSUSE 11.1 (I think). In
> fact, it was that post that showed me that wiggling the mouse also got
> it past the stuck parts.

I suggest you disable the boot splash display, to see if it stops always at
the same place.

> I wouldn’t say the boot process hangs. Saying that it stalls is
> better. I my guess is that it’s input related because giving input
> seems to prod it along. I think the other day I plugged in a USB device
> during boot and that too helped move it along.

I had a similar problem for years across several versions, on another
computer. Some SUSE versions had it, some did not. Some kernel updates
repaired it, some broke it again.

I never found the culprit.

Symptoms were that the machine would simply stall. The display would stop
changing, the clock stopped. If I moved the mouse or pressed any key the
machine continued working, and the clock jumped several seconds.

My workaround was to leave my router continuously pinging that machine.
Network activity causes interrupts, which awake the cpu. When I was
investigating, I powered down the router.

My impression is that this is a feature gone bad. Some types of machines
can stop the cpu while they stop for a external event, like i/o. If there
are no interrupts, the machine stops and saves power till there is
something to do. When it comes, whatever needs to be done is done, till all
processes enter idle state, then the cpu goes idle too till next interrupt
(can be the clock interrupt).

That’s a very wild guess.

My method of testing was to write a script that every second wrote the
timestamp to a file. If there was a jump in time, the computer had an hiccup.

But I wrote a Bugzilla, the issue was investigated. As I was the only
person affected (apparently), there was not much done.

So… have you (all of your) reported the issue? ASAP, please.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)

I Have the same problem in a notebook here, is a HP Pavillion dv6000 ( dv6750br ).

With the 11.3, all the time that nothing is “inputed”, the system stop, and return after something is “inputed”.
With the 11.4, the things is bad… sometimes, between 2 and 2 minutes, the system stop and dont respond, i can’t do anything. The light of “hd” stay all the time active, and deactive when the system back.

In this notebook, had a Kubuntu, and everything was perfect. I change to OpenSUSE because i like more OpenSUSE than Ubuntu… but this is for another topic…

Well, i’m with the 11.3 now. For curiosity, i installed the OpenSUSE 11.4 in another notebook, but the same model, and the problems dont apper.

I change a profile of Performance, and the problem is gone. But i dont update the system yet, and dont reboot.

Personal Settings -> Advanced -> Porwer Management -> Edit Profiles -> Performance -> CPU and System -> And change the “On Demand” to “Performance”. Is working well, but i dont know if will load the entire boot without stop.

This post is old, but is precious for the poeple that have this problem. When i finished the update, and reboot, ill post again.

Tanks

I Update the System and Reboot.

Nothing change…

Just one thing… when the KDE start to Load… +/- when the Screen change the reolution… it load without input something.

I give up.

On 2011-06-09 18:36, l2mago wrote:
>
> I Have the same problem in a notebook here, is a HP Pavillion dv6000 (
> dv6750br ).
>
> With the 11.3, all the time that nothing is “inputed”, the system stop,
> and return after something is “inputed”.

Report in bugzilla - if you still are using that system.

> With the 11.4, the things is bad… sometimes, between 2 and 2 minutes,
> the system stop and dont respond, i can’t do anything. The light of “hd”
> stay all the time active, and deactive when the system back.

That’s a different problem.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 “Celadon” at Telcontar)