Cannot boot OpenSUSE v11.0 into GUI...

I am absolutely new to Linux. I’ve tryed to install OpenSUSE v11.0 three times on my older notebook ACER Travelmate 8000 WLMi and installation process was successful but I was not able boot into GUI. The boot process ends in text mode. I can see on screen some errors that there are missing some shared libraries and that boot to runlevel 5 was not successful. I tryed to instal KDE V4.X.X and v3.x.x desktop too. When I install OpenSUSE v10.3, GUI boot is successful.

I am sorry for my English.

Thank you for any help.

The graphics driver is probably not set up correctly.

Can you post back what your graphics device is? (In Windows, you can usually get that info under Device Manager, possibly under Control Panel/Display, more detail by running msinfo32.)

My GPU is Mobile ATI Radeon 9600 128MB GDDR RAM AGP.

You lucky b*****! :slight_smile:

I try to install OS11 on a Acer 4001WLMi w/ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, but i doesnt even get into text mode. My computer just reboot. It reboot also in Failesafe mode.

I’ve heard ATI is not so good supported in Linux, men i’ve been running 10.3 on the same computer with no problems.

Any news in your installation?


There is nothing new with my setup. :frowning: I must live with v10.3 for now.

P.S. Correct model of my GPU is Mobile ATI Radeon 9700 128MB GDDR RAM AGP (not …ATI Radeon 9600… as I wrote before).

The problem (probably) is that you need the ATI driver (fglrx) that matches the 11.0 kernel. The 10.3 fglrx will not work with the newer kernel; it must be updated whenever the kernel changes. Unfortunately, when you do an upgrade, you do not have the chance to add the 11.0 ATI repository. (When the kernel is changed through the openSUSE Updater, the driver is changed with it.)

First, look at @oldcpu’s reply to @ronnys here:

Cannot boot OpenSUSE v11.0 into GUI… - openSUSE Forums

Only do not try the sax2 command which points to fglrx; that is what is broken. But the “radeon” or “vesa” drivers may work well enough to give you a GUI and then you can add the ATI repository in YaST and then install fglrx in Software Management.

If none of those commands give you a GUI, then you can do what you need from the command line, as root. First, add the repo, and then install the driver package (which will pull in the kernel module as a dependency):

zypper sa ATI
zypper in x11-video-fglrxG01

I had a similar problem recently while installing v11 on my desktop with ATI Radeon 7500LE. In my case, install went ok but when I rebooted, there is no display a few seconds after the initial green screen. SUSE start-up sequence didn’t like my video card. I booted ok via fail safe. Problem is SUSE correctly detected the video card (RV 200). I didn’t give up & reinstalled everything from scratch (the 4th time). This time, I skipped online update. Presto, it worked. I performed online update after complete installation & to be sure, I rebooted 5 times ! I even found driver for my Hp deskjet 930c.

Sorry if this post is not helpful. The message I want to convey is don’t give up.

Thank you for your help. I’ll try to solve my problem this weekend when I have more time than now.