I’ve tried several times over the years to migrate to linux, but each time i’ve tried, I get nowhere with installing it. Something invariably won’t work, and the only time i’ve ever seen a linux desktop is inside VMware.
Recently, i’ve just totally lost my patience with Windows. I have zero intention of using Vista ever, and that forces my hand to linux, since i’m not replacing my hardware with mac.
So enter opensuse 11. I downloaded the iso and burned it, booted my machine and ran the install fine. It shrunk my current windows partition, installed itself fine, but on reboot, it gets nowhere. It attempts to boot xserver, but fails due to a “no screens found” error and returns me to the prompt.
I navigated to the xorg.conf file and opened it in VIM, but it only gave me read only, telling me the file was generated and I shouldn’t edit it.
That leaves me here, sitting in my office staring at the prompt with no machine. I can only assume it’s a video card/screen config situation, but I don’t know how to edit that information. sax2 as a command gives me command not found errors. I don’t understand why the installation program has no problem recognizing and running my screens fine, but the installed OS is unable to do so.
It’s also worth noting I have a unique video configuration. I have two Nvidia 7600 cards running in SLI with 3 lcd monitors attached to them.
I’ve seen talk of sli working with linux, so i don’t think i’m out of the water. If I can’t get linux live, i’m going to have to go the hackintosh route, which would be annoying because I have a dual core AMD system. Doable, but annoying.
Any help I could get would be appreciated. I don’t know enough about linux to run diagnostics of my own or get system information from the prompt. I just want to get live again so I can install VMware inside linux and run a winxp install for Adobe CS3, doing the rest of my work out of linux (mostly web based).