I’ve been trying to install SuSE 11.0 on my Dell Optiplex 745.
If I try to install the x86_64 DVD, the install gets a certain distance and then loses contact with the DVD. It then drops back to a character screen with an “Insert CD 1” dialog box. After this the DVD can’t be found, although it’s listed in the System Information. Trying to do a media check produces similar results.
If I try to boot up the LiveCD (both x86_64 or i386 versions) it seems to boot up alright, but then X doesn’t start and I’m presented with a “(none) #~” prompt. At this point, the keyboard doesn’t work, even though it was working at the boot screen and I can see it being detected during the boot process.
In all cases, I’ve tried running with acpi=off and full failsafe mode, but that doesn’t seem to do any good.
I don’t think that this is a hardware problem; the system is currently running Fedora 8 without any problems.
I’ve now run out of ideas. Any suggestions most welcome.