I have a problem during installation of openSuse 11.3 on my brand new notebook.
It’s an hp8440p with Arrandale integrated graphic controller. The initial install works then as soon as the notebook reboots to complete the install and allow me to log in for the first time, there’s no video. If I shut the notebook down and boot into failsafe mode the video works. I shut down again and come back up as a normal boot and no video again.
And what’s the difference between normal and failsafe?
I ran glxgears and had 3d accel in failsafe…
When you startup openSUSE and you are still in the Grub menu selection, you can type in the command nomodeset for the standard openSUSE kernel load and then press enter. This is one of the commands in the failsafe line and may be the one that lets you run. If it does, you can edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file as root to add the nomodeset command option as a permanent startup command.
I booted normal using nomodeset and everything appeared OK until I went to configure the desktop and I couldn’t enable desktop effects or preview a screensaver animation. errored out when I clicked apply. The dialog said to check X configuration.
So does this laptop have dual video systems (I saw one that had ATI and Intel) or is it just Intel only? Basically, we need to find the right video driver for your video chipset and the default does not seem to be working for you. If it has say an ATI video setup in addition to Intel, one could switch to ATI and load the proprietary ATI driver where you could get 3D support.
this is what hp says on line:
Graphics NVIDIA NVS 3100 graphics with 512 MB dedicated gDDR3 video memory
Intel® HD Graphics
Microsoft DirectX 10.1 (Shader Model 4.1) capable
Microsoft DirectX 10 (Shader Model 4.0) capable
Next, I have the procedure I used to add the nVidia driver during the installation of openSUSE 11.3 which might also be useful.
During the install, when you have the option to change your booting setup, I add nomodeset to the kernel load command for the normal load/start of openSUSE. This kernel startup option is already present for the Failsafe selection for openSUSE.
During the first start of openSUSE, I download the latest nVidia Video driver to the downloads folder.
I change/save the System/Kernel option NO_KMS_IN_INITRD from “No” to “Yes” in the /etc/sysconfig Editor in Yast.
I do an update of openSUSE on the first run of openSUSE and then a restart/reboot.
In grub OS selection I add the command line option “3” to the openSUSE start line so that I just go to the run level three terminal prompt.
I login in as root and change to the /home/user/Downloads folder.
I run/install the NVIDIA video driver using “sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-256.35.run” and answer all questions as appropriate for my system.
Type in reboot at terminal prompt to restart the system with new video driver.
When I begin to install openSuse 11.3 I can see my display. There’s a point in the install where the notebook reboots and then the install completes and you normally end up at a login prompt.
As soon as MY notebook reboots I have no video and can’t witness installation completion. I have to depress my notebook power switch to shut down. From here I can restart and get to the grub menu. And I can boot normal with nomodeset in the area to enter text or I can boot in failsafe mode where I have video for either.
Is there any way to override the installs pick of a video driver before the install reboots?
The first time I tried this it looked like everything was OK until I tried my wirelss LAN and that didn’t work. After numerous posts I hoped my install was bad tried reinstalling with auto login enabled and now my wireless works.
My work around was to enable auto login for the install. That way at least I got a complete install.
So mikeinsantarosa, you have got to read back through my post on installing the nVidia video driver. If, when you install openSUSE 11.3 and your PC reboots for the first time and you can not see any video, then you must turn off and restart your PC again. Then, when you see the grub OS selection menu, select the normal kernel load for openSUSE, but type in the option nomodeset and press enter. To make this one command permanent after you get openSUSE to start a normal session after the installation, then enter this command if you installed KDE as your desktop, menu Run Command:
kdese kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
Add the nomodeset command to the normal kernel load line at the end. Here is what my one line looks like after adding in nomodeset:
Now you are trying to add in just this one command which will be among many. Once this is done, save the file. Once you have done that you can restart your PC as often as you like and you will get a picture. However, you need to do more to download and install the nVidia video driver.
actually this version of notebook doesn’t have nvidia graphics, it has intel.
The first time I installed 11.3 I don’t think it was completed correctly. A second install fixed it but the trick was to enable aut login so the install would complete.
So you don’t actually have nVidia on board, you decided to reinstall openSUSE 11.3 and after selecting the auto login option everything installed/worked just fine. Well it is hard to argue with success and I am very happy that you got your laptop up and running. I hope I did not lead you astray during your installation ordeal.
Sax2 was removed in openSUSE 11.3 as it only provided access to standard drivers and was not much help with binary drivers that everyone seems to load. None the less, it was something to fall back on, but it is no longer there.
That suggests to me you did NOT bother to read that guide. I recommend you go back and READ that guide. Else you are wasting your time , because our assumption is that you have read that, and now we can not tell what you have read, and what you have not read.