first boot difficulties

Hi all, I just installed openSUSE for the first time and am having some problems. The installation was successful as far as I can tell, it succeeded and rebooted. However, as soon as it boots up, the green screen appears, with the bar on the bottom and the white box int he middle. About 2 seconds later, all I can see is my cursor, which moves, so it isn’t frozen. Also, if I touch the power button, the system will shut down normally. Can anyone offer some pointers on how to fix this?



Try selecting the Failsafe boot option at the boot menu
Report what happens
you could tell us what graphics card you have too

I can boot up into the fail safe openSUSE fine, however I do not know much about the terminal. Are there any commands I can use to verify the installation? I did the fsck command and it reported OK.

The graphics card is an Intel built-in, specifically the Intel 82830M. The laptop is in the Gateway “legacy” category:

Gateway Support - 3501084 Solo 5350

Also, I have reinstalled the OS with the same results. I verified the contents of the disc twice as well.

You say you can boot suse in Failsafe
Does it seem to look and perform OK?

Open a terminal and become su -
Become su in Terminal - HowTo - openSUSE Forums

Post the result of this in pastebin

lspci -v

And while you are there run

zypper up

Some older intel hardware can be a real pain to get working under openSUSE-11.2.

You could try booting to the text mode (run level 3) by pressing “3” (no quotes) in the grub boot menu such that 3 appears in the options line. Then boot and it will bring you to a text mode. Login as a regular user. Then type “su” (no quotes - enter root password) to switch users to user root. Then type:

sax2 -r -m 0=vesa

to configure for the vesa driver. If that appears to work (and sax2 does not freeze - give it a few minutes if it appears to freeze before a hard reboot) then do a soft restart with “shutdown -r now”. That will restart and this time do NOT press “3”. Does that work and take you to a graphical X window/desktop?

If that fails you can also try login to run level 3 again as above. Type “su” again as above to get root permissions. This time try the installation configuration for rather basic graphics. You can do that by typing:

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.install /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and then restart with “shutdown -r now”. Note Linux is case sensitive.

You can read up on some practical Intel graphic driver theory here: openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums

You can read up on my tribulations with some older Intel hardware here: Looking for alternatives to sax2 for Intel graphics ? - openSUSE Forums

Good luck.

That first command worked perfectly, thanks so much! I was able to get into the sax window, and changed my settings to xga, and now everything works stellar.

One more question, the wireless card I was using before is a netgear wn511b. I am trying to make it work, but I am guessing it will not…

It’s listed, right at the end of this list
HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless) - openSUSE

Have a root around