I have configured my VIA C3 system to bootup SUSE Linux 11.1 at runlevel 3 - text only mode. After installation, when I restart I see a graphics failed note on screen. I see text on screen at startup and everything looks fine. but eventually screen becomes garbled.
Could it be that the os is attempting to go into graphic/gui mode? How can I start to troubleshoot this issue?
I have successfully installed SUSE 9.3 on this system (in text mode) and did not experience this problem.
I am setting up a software based telephone system (Asterisk) so don’t need a GUI.
You have two options. The temporary way is, at the boot menu, hit escape to drop to text mode. Move the ‘cursor’ over the option for the normal opensuse boot, then press ‘e’ for edit. There will be a kernel line. Find that line, and press ‘e’ again. It will look something like this;
Change splash=silent to splash=verbose. Hit return, then press ‘b’ to boot.
Alternatively, you can make the same change permanently, from a root terminal, to your /boot/grub/menu.lst file. Being aware that you very much should have a backup of said file lying around, because if you break it, your system may become unbootable - albeit normally quite easily fixed too.
I wotked out that it was not a problem with linux going into graphic mode. The bootup was totally in text mode. But it does get to a point where the screen just becomes garbeld. I guess it is crashing? I wonder if I should report as a bug?
If I use my old SUSE 9.3 DVD it installs without problem.
Hardware is an EPIA VIA C3 based system. Maybe there are issues with support for VIA. Or some specific startup config is required?