Hi. I just finished installing openSUSE 11.3 off the (downloaded) DVD. All was good. Then the Online Update recommended a huge swathe of patches and I accepted them. Now when I try to reboot, it gets as far as started to display (fade in) the main window, and then freezes - mouse and keyboard are dead.
Rebooted several times - same problem every time.
I can boot to the console if I so choose from the Menu on the login screen.
I guess some part of the update is bad. any idea how I can find out which part and fix it?
Did you install a video driver
I suggest you re-install it,
From a failsafe boot you should be able start Yast > Software Management > View by Repo and select the ATI or nVidia repo and mark the packages there for update
I didn’t install a video driver (at least, not that I am aware - but the list of recommended patches was huge, so it’s possible a driver was hiding in there somewhere I suppose?).
I did install the Flash player though - could that have anything to do with it?
I’ve been into YaST-> Software Management, but there are no ATI or nVidia repositories - only the following: @System
Upates for openSUSE 11.3 11.3-1.82
Unfortunately I can’t paste the output here as I am using a different (windows) machine and i can’t think how to copy a file between them
Failsafe seems ok, except that I can’t get to this forum using Firefox (I get a Database Error page) otherwise I would continue this thread there
Can you tell me what you would be looking for in the output?
So you have an Intel 915 graphics chip.
I’m not entirely sure what your problem is, but if it were me I would try rolling back the kernel to the Original from OSS repo 2.6.34-12.3
It’s fiddly to do if you are new to it, but basically - Open Software Management > search for kernel
Then highlight your kernel and use the radio button switch in the version TAB to select the original kernel.
It could be there was also some display packages updated that is causing issues.
Reading the release notes got me thinking - they talk about 11.3 using Kernel Mode Setting, and how if it causes issues with Intel, ATI or nVidia graphics chipsets you can disable it using nomodeset, and leave it to XWin. So, after finding, installing and using Clonezilla to backup my system (!) I once again downloaded the latest Kernel. Once again the boot process froze just as it was about to display the desktop window. So I booted in failsafe mode and added nomodeset to the kernal options.
How about that - the problem went away! Sure, I get instant display changes now - no more sexy fade-ins-and-outs. But I can live with that!
What’s more I can now set the vga option to 1280x1024 and it works fine at that resolution. Previously (it wasn’t my imagination after all) the best I could get was 1024x768.