I very frustrated at this point. I have tried to boot OpenSUSE 11.4 from the usb flash drive iso and CD iso. After I restart my computer the boot menu comes up and I click the boot option and the screens loads a bit and then goes black. I have also tried the text installer, but that doesn’t work either.
I know the problem must be my graphics chip. I have a integrated Intel HD Graphics chip. My laptop is a Gateway NV79. How can I get the graphics to work?
I’ve tried everything I can think off. I’m not the most computer savvy so if someone replies I would appreciate a dumb-down explanation on what to do with clear steps, if possible.
Note: I’m dual booting with windows 7. The graphics problem is not just OpenSUSE. I tried Ubuntu 11.04, Kubuntu 11.04, Fedora 15 and they all have the same problems. In Fedora 15, I was able to boot in but I got an error message that said Gnome 3 fallback and I couldn’t get the graphics to change to standard mode.
I have the same Gateway NV79. The problem(s) were originally reported against Dell, but the true cause of the problem(s) is the Intel HD graphics. I can not speak for booting from a USB flash drive, but boot from the live CD should function correctly.
Once installed, after selecting from the GRUB menu, and receiving the “Black Screen”, close and open the lid. You should then have a proper working display. Until this problem is resolved (it is in the kernel, specifically, KMS (Kernel Mode Select), you should take several further steps:
In “Power Management”, set action of lid closure to (either) “do nothing” or “blank screen”. (I know that sounds like asking for the problem, but it works!)
If you “Suspend” or “Hibernate”, you must repeat the lid closure upon restart.
Make sure that you “unlock” any screen saver.
For further information, search the “Pre-Release” and/or “Install, Boot Login” forums for “black screen”. Since you are booting 11.4, you should not need to further update X11/Xorg. You may (repeat: may) wish to upgrade your kernel to 2.6.39.
Have You tried to load intel i915 driver into initrd ? In my case with Samsung R528 laptop with intel graphics, putting the i915 driver into initrd solved booting problems. Please refer to my post solved “Boot Freeze” “Bug: Soft Lockup” problems on Samsung R528 Laptop
Many distros have advice to load intel kms drivers very early in the boot process.by either compiling into kernel or loading from initrd.
Even though my problems are different I am eager to know if this method has any effect in your problem also.
It Works! Thanks soooooooo much SeanMc98!!! I did what you said and it works. I did have some trouble with the LiveUSB, but the LiveCD worked. I never would have thought of your method. You made my day, you rock!
I had read the same material regarding loading the Intel drivers. That was one of the ideas from the Fedora forum that I previously attempted (more than a few kernels ago, around 2.6.37-<something>). The lid closure/reopen was actually discovered (or uncovered") by folks in that same Fedora forum. This circumvention has consistently worked for me and others. Anyone with the Intel HD GMA (or the Intel GM945 and others) on a platform without a lid (such as an “All-in-One” do not have this capability,
I re-attempted adding the i915 Intel driver to the -initrd. While this change did not resolve the “black screen”, the boot process was noticeably faster. I believe that this is due to using the correct driver, rather than running the VESA/fbdev → (switch to) → the inteldrmfb (frame buffer).
I did not remove the VGA=xxxx, as the boot did not present a garbled screen. I will attempt removal later, and post back.
On an historicak note, the openSUSE kernel(s) 2.6.38-rc1 and -rc2 correctly handled the KMS switch, without the “black screen” and required workaround(s). Whatever functionality responsible was regressed in kernel 2.6.38-rc3, and remains conspicuous be its absence. For more review https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=669798.
During this saga, other modes have been detected (such as 1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 1200), though the detected modes change with (almost) every kernel. However, the mode that I have (1600 x 900) NEVER has shown in the hwinfo display. This is further interesting, as the boot.msg and Xorg.log eash show proper detection (and subsequent use) of this correct mode.
I do hope that this problem is permanently resolved before complete un-hingement (either my PC’s or my own!).