After about 3-4 days of truly epic battles with the Suse Gecko, I finally have found a way to successfully install 11.2 on my laptop.
Previous attempts seemed to go fine until the first boot up, at which time I was greeted with a black screen. Trying to boot up in failsafe mode displayed the most horrific collection of error messages I have ever witnessed. And if by some miracle I was able to get to a log in prompt, my password would be rejected as “incorrect”. >:(
So what I did was boot up to the 64 bit install disk, and format my partitions and for desktop environment I choose the last option, “minimal text mode”.
When the installation finished I logged in as root and tried to run sax2 to set up my display driver, but found that sax2 had not been installed so it would not run. So I ran the following command, logged in as root:
This started YAST in a funky mouseless “circa 1990” looking environment. After much trial and error and tabbing around, I was finally able to find “patterns” and selected to install the KDE4 and Gnome desktop environments. Since I did not have a working internet connection yet, I installed the programs from my install disc.
Then when I exited YAST, I ran the following command:
sax2 -r -m 0=vesa
This command installed the VESA driver instead of the dreaded Radeon driver that came with 11.2 has been causing almost everyone with ATI graphics so many problems.
I ran sax2 and saved my settings then typed:
System rebooted, IIRC, to the text prompt. but I ran this command to get a desktop:
The desktop looked awful, but I at least had a GUI. Then I fought for half a day to get my wireless broadband card working but this is another story). I also installed the KDE and Gnome login screens so that next time I started up I would have a log in screen.
Then I went to YAST/Software/Software Repositories and added this repository
Then I went into YAST / Software Management, let the repos refresh and did a search for “radeon” and installed the newer driver dated 11/24.
Then I went to the terminal, and ran the following commands
(entered root password)
(system went into text mode and I logged in as root and ran)
sax2 -r -m 0=radeon
I saved my settings and rebooted, but was greeted with a black screen, but I ran the sax2 command a couple more times until it finally “took”.
So, after about 12 hours of work, I had Suse 11.2 up and running. YMMV.