How to boot from disc after faulty install

Hello,

I recently tried installing openSUSE on my Intel/ATI equipped laptop. It’s the third distro I try so far and the third distro that simply hangs with a black screen after a brief bootup period.

Having lost patience with all of this, I tried to insert my XP restore disc. It is impossible to enter the bios on my laptop - all I can do is press ESC to get a boot menu, where I can choose hard drive, network, flash drive or disc. It’s worked perfectly several times this weekend, however with openSUSE it no longer works. After selecting dvd (and yes I did select dvd, tried it several times) I simply get the grub screen where I get to choose between openSUSE installation that doesn’t work and openSUSE failsafe mode that won’t let me log in to anything but root and persists in hanging after reboot.

No, I do not want help getting it to work. I have lost my patience with it, and I need a laptop that works. Please help me regain the ability to boot from dvd, it’s worked before but not any more after installing this distro.

Help is on the way…

Sorry it had to be that way…

have you tried to rstore your BIOS to the defaults (even on laptops this can be done with a jumper, key combination or removing the CMOS battery.

If you enter your recovery CD/DVD press the appropriate button to open the bootmenu. if you can boot from an installcd form XP you can try to fix the MBR (the location where SuSe installs its bootloader) back to normal… If you have repartitioned your entire drive… too bad… not even the restore DVD can help you because it needs the special partition on your HD to function.

let us know if you need anymore help

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Linux cannot have anything to do with your ability to boot from a DVD
drive. Go into your BIOS (it’s not impossible… it just may not tell
you how on the screen… try Del, Esc, F1, F12, or other Fxx keys to
get in there) and make sure everything is set properly.

Considering all of your excitement you may want to check out other parts
of your hardware. If you cannot boot reliably from DVD (which is all
done by the BIOS and other things that load before Linux) and before
were unable to install any of the Linux distros you may have a problem
with the driver, or the controller, or something like that. Was your
original install of XP done via that same DVD drive and media?

Good luck.

joffeloff wrote:
| Hello,
|
| I recently tried installing openSUSE on my Intel/ATI equipped laptop.
| It’s the third distro I try so far and the third distro that simply
| hangs with a black screen after a brief bootup period.
|
| Having lost patience with all of this, I tried to insert my XP restore
| disc. It is impossible to enter the bios on my laptop - all I can do is
| press ESC to get a boot menu, where I can choose hard drive, network,
| flash drive or disc. It’s worked perfectly several times this weekend,
| however with openSUSE it no longer works. After selecting dvd (and yes
| I did select dvd, tried it several times) I simply get the grub screen
| where I get to choose between openSUSE installation that doesn’t work
| and openSUSE failsafe mode that won’t let me log in to anything but
| root and persists in hanging after reboot.
|
| No, I do not want help getting it to work. I have lost my patience with
| it, and I need a laptop that works. Please help me regain the ability to
| boot from dvd, it’s worked before but not any more after installing this
| distro.
|
|
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There’s nothing wrong with the drive itself because I’ve burned out three different distros on three different discs and used them all in the course of this weekend and today, I used the same method to boot from them and they worked, but my xp restore disc won’t. Maybe the disc just doesn’t work. It’s not the install disc, it’s a laptop so it came with the OS preinstalled, and this restore disc wrapped in plastic. I just decided to try it today, and given that it hasn’t been touched by human hand since manufacture I figured it would work. I guess not, then. :frowning: Darn asus…

And no, I can’t boot from the cd at all, trying to do so just brings me to grub with the two choices ‘opensuse’ and ‘opensuse failsafe mode’.

Is there a fast and easy way to install opensuse that will actually work with a mobility radeon x700? The only distro that has actually worked so far is ARCH LINUX and I just can’t be bothered with all that setup again, I just want the thing to work.

also, I have tried all manners of delete and f-key combinations and none will give me bios. all i can get is the boot option menu I mentioned.

What’s the make and model of the laptop? and is there an Internet link to download the handbook?

It’s an Asus M6800VA, it’s gone from asus’ website (clearly they care more about forking new products than legacy support), here’s a link to someone with better luck than me;

PjVenda’s Homepage - linux / laptops / asus m6800va

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You’re not getting to the DVD if those are the only two options you
have. An install CD/DVD will have around eight options including ‘Boot
from Hard Disk’ and ‘Installation’. Since you don’t have those the DVD
drive is not booting from the DVD and instead is booting from something
lese (HDD probably).

Good luck.

joffeloff wrote:
| There’s nothing wrong with the drive itself because I’ve burned out
| three different distros on three different discs and used them all in
| the course of this weekend and today, I used the same method to boot
| from them and they worked, but my xp restore disc won’t. Maybe the disc
| just doesn’t work. It’s not the install disc, it’s a laptop so it came
| with the OS preinstalled, and this restore disc wrapped in plastic. I
| just decided to try it today, and given that it hasn’t been touched by
| human hand since manufacture I figured it would work. I guess not,
| then. :frowning: Darn asus…
|
| And no, I can’t boot from the cd at all, trying to do so just brings me
| to grub with the two choices ‘opensuse’ and ‘opensuse failsafe mode’.
|
| Is there a fast and easy way to install opensuse that will actually
| work with a mobility radeon x700? The only distro that has actually
| worked so far is ARCH LINUX and I just can’t be bothered with all that
| setup again, I just want the thing to work.
|
| also, I have tried all manners of delete and f-key combinations and
| none will give me bios. all i can get is the boot option menu I
| mentioned.
|
|
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Looking around the net on google for [asus “bios key”] reveals press tab on boot to reveal the bios and other keys. Also to activate the bios key start from a cold boot rather than a reboot on some asus machines.

Got into the bios, set dvd as main boot device, doesn’t make an ounce of difference. Still end up in grub, still a catch-22 of an OS that won’t let me do anything and won’t work.

it wasn’t any OS installation that prevented you from bootinga DVD…

As mentioned earlier you seem to boot from HDD and not from any DVD… Have you had any luck cold booting (so powerdown the laptop completely) and pressing the TAB key (or other mentioned keys in the post above)

what you could try is to retry an installation (if you can boot from the openSuse DVD - you will recognize it from the disks in the splashimage and the welcome message in different languages) is to add the ATI repository and install the ATI drivers for your graphics card. this would help out i guess, because it sounds to me X (the graphic Window Manager)is not starting allright…

you COULD try another graphic enviroment XFCE or icewm from the install menu. but i fear it might not help you out…

good luck

If you can boot into the openSUSE installation DVD (it is the DVD, right?), set the display resolution to 800x600, tab to the second line (install), and then launch the process. Then depress the Escape key. This should drop the GUI and show you what is happening, in text mode. Assuming it fails, write down the error (or whatever happens) and then post it back here.

Looking at the link you provided, it appears the problem may be with the video (not unusual especially with laptops). If so, the solution will be to get a temporary video driver working for the installation, and then install the ATI driver afterward (just like how Windows does it). But this is a guess, until we see what the actual error is.

If you can boot into the SuSE DVD, but not your Asus recovery disk, the problem is with the disk.

Seems the recovery disc was broken. F’in asus… In any case, I installed Ubuntu and it worked out of the box. It’ll do for now.

I did use xfce.