I recently decided to give OpenSUSE a go on my new Clevo laptop. I’ve run the installer, and installed everything (I want to use all its features, I’m into programming and stuff!).
The install went fine, it’s when I rebooted the problem started. It does all the stuff it needs to, then gets to starting HAL.
The screen then goes off, and comes back all corrupt. The machine then seems to crash, as the Caps Lock light doesn’t respond, and my CPU fan kicks in to full. Rebooting causes the same.
My hardware is:
Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz
2GB DDR2667 RAM
VIA VT8237A SATA
VIA VN896 chipset
nVidia Geforce Go 8400M G graphics with 128MB RAM
Sony NEC Optiarc 8x DVD-+RW DL burner
I’ve read from BillyDoc that it tries to use a 1600x1200 resolution, and my GPU does a max of 1440x900, but Safe Mode and Failsafe do the same to me, I can’t figure out how to get it to use a lower res, so I can determine if it’s a driver or res issue.
I’m using GNOME desktop, using KDE does the same. Thanks in advance for any help. I’ve used OpenSUSE before on both desktops and laptops, and love it, just never had such a problem on a laptop install!
All passed OK. Originally I was having trouble with DVD-RW discs, but today burned a DVD-R, and everything was perfect. This DVD-R was used to do a fresh install, and not a repair. I did MD5 match, burn verify, and Check Installation Media when installing.
My hardware’s all good too, Windows 7, Vista and XP are perfect on it.
Assuming the installation DVD is good, the only other things I can think of for you to try are:
(a) check your BIOS settings,
(b) check to see if there is a new BIOS available,
(c) if you have any non-essential USB devices connected during the boot, then remove them.
My HDD is internal, my BIOS is up to date, and I didn’t have anything connected via USB, except a mouse. Linux has its own HDD, which is partitioned with 35GB as my /, and a 2GB partition as Swap.
I burned at 3x, which is the speed I burn Xbox games at, without problems. I even used IMGBurn to burn the disc, which has worked for other Linux ISO’s, and Xbox discs.
I might just forget OpenSUSE on this laptop, I really don’t have the time to be fiddling with terminals, commands, and drivers. I was hoping it’d be a complete out-of-the-box mobile Linux experience like it has been in the past, but as usual, nVidia’s **** hardware strikes again. ATi are my favourite, and works on OpenSUSE on my Core i7.
I don’t consider Xbox games a good criteria, but if 3x is the slowest you can burn, so be it.
Did you 1st check to see if anyone else had succeeded in putting any Linux version on the Novatech (Clevo) M670SU before you tried openSUSE ? You could also boot the liveCD and try to see what boot codes it is using for a successful boot (assuming the liveCD boots successfully).
Some hardware just does not work nice with Linux.
I am very conservative in my installs. While my desktop experience with openSUSE-11.2 has been great (primarily due to the Linux friendly hardware I have on desktops) on the two family laptop’s I have kept openSUSE-11.1, as I am not happy with what I have read wrt the hardware on those laptops working with the 2.6.31 kernel (in 11.2) nor with the state of graphic drivers for the Intel and ATI hardware for 11.2 (for the hardware in those laptops).
Linux is Linux, and if you find another distribution works better, than by all means try it. But assuming you checked your BIOS and the installation DVD (and liveCD) and can find nothing, then your approach to go with what works (due to specific manufacturer support and testing with Microsoft operating systems) is by far IMHO a very good approach.
What you said about 11.1 triggered something. So I’ve gone and fished out my Linux Format 11.1 coverDVD, and installed it over 11.2. I manually configured the display to be 1440x900, but still got the corruption, BUT, this time, I can see the X cursor1
Failsafe (pae) boots, too! But, every time I try to get the panel to go into 1024x768, it corrupts, and CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE doesn’t kill the server. I have to turn off then back on, going back into Failsafe.
Slowly, I’m getting there! It’s a 17" panel, native 1440x900, so why that res is corrupting, I’m not sure.
Am I correct that openSUSE-11.1 will boot to run level 3, while openSUSE-11.2 would not boot to run level 3 ? If so, then in openSUSE-11.1 you could try various drivers (and also various resolutions) with 11.1.
I have a desktop (old PCI based) nVidia 8400GS working with openSUSE-11.2 on a PC, … but my motherboard on that PC is very friendly toward Linux, which I suspect makes a major difference.