Dell Inspiron 1721 problems

Hi. I have a Dell Inspiron 1721 and I try to install Suse11.0
Everything went as planned, but then when it was supposed to start, the screen went fuzzy. Is there a solution for that?

Or should I go back on the Suse10.3?


What do you mean by “Everything went as planned” ? There is a full walkthru of the install here for the DVD:
Installation/11.0 DVD Install - openSUSE
and here for the CD:
Installation/11.0 Live CD - openSUSE

How far did you get?

Its possible this is a simple screen driver problem, but we need more information to accurately make that assessment.

Well I installed everything and did everything as I did on my desktop (the installation went ok).
The next thing that was supposed to happen is starting the session, but instead it went crazy with lot’s of purple pixels…:
(I’m not good at explaining:sarcastic:)

OK, can you look at the URLs that I linked, and point to the last image (on the applicable URL) to the last screen shot you saw before this occurred?

Automatic Configuration

After the system has rebooted into your new openSUSE 11.0 system, the installation is over. However, before you can start your desktop, it must run a one-time automatic configuration of your hardware and network connection.

That was the last thing.

Hi DigitalDreamer

If your having problems with your graphics conguration, have a look at this how to.

OK, thanks. I believe deano_ferrari’s recommendation should get you up and running at a limited resolution. Enough that you have nominal functionality, … but you will still have more configuration work to do to take full advantage of your laptop’s graphic hardware.

It appears the openSource radeon driver does not work for your Dell Inpspiron 1721 graphics. … May I ask what graphics hardware that laptop has? I’ve read your Dell laptop may have an ATI Radeon Xpress1270 driving a 17.0 TFT active matrix at 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ ) resolution. Is that correct?

If you struggle with the how-to (in the link provided by deano_ferrari) please post here, and we can walk you thru getting the Vesa driver working (possibly at 1024x768 resolution or so). Then you can install the proprietary ATI driver later for higher resolution.