Installation stopped at: System Probing - Searching for system files


I’m new to openSUSE, this is the first time i try to install openSUSE version 11.4. on my IBM Thinkpad T43 (on which SUSE Linux version 8.0 has been running before without problems).
I have downloaded the ISO images and successfully burned the ISO images on a blank DVD.
Having placed my openSUSE DVD in the drive and rebooted my laptop I can see the boot screen. I then select installation with arrow up/down and press enter. Choosing language and keyboard layout works fine, as well as accepting the license agreement.
However, when it comes to ‘System Probing’ the installation stops at ‘Search for system files’. The cursor shows a little turning disk but the rest of the screen is blocked…
Can you please advise what I should do… ? Many thanks !

While waiting for “the chivalry” you could do the usual routine tests (if not done yet):
controlling the md5 checksum of the iso…
using the “check media” option at DVD boot to check the content of the openSUSE DVD…
Good luck!

On 05/18/2011 10:06 AM, Andreas Gwy wrote:
> on my IBM Thinkpad T43 (on which SUSE Linux version 8.0
> has been running before without problems).

hmmmm… SUSE 8 is pretty old, so i guess the computer is also?

what is the processor/speed and amount of RAM…and, if the graphics
“shares” some of that ram, how much is??

does your hardware meet the recommended requirements here:

if not, does it at least meet the minimum requirements? if just
minimum you probably need to do an install from booting (not from inside
a running Live CD) and maybe using the less stressful ‘text’ install
available by pressing F3 on the first screen of either a CD or DVD
install, see:



and while there please note how, and then check your install media,
before you attempt another install…

oh, and what do you mean by “the rest of the screen is blocked”??
is it frozen? what happens if you wait ten minutes to see if it unfreezes??

can you, when it is blocked do Ctrl+Alt+F2, log in and do

sudo tail /var/log/messages

anything eye catching there?

[NNTP via openSUSE 11.4 [] + KDE 4.6.0 + Thunderbird 3.1.10]
Dual booting with Sluggish Loser7 on Acer Aspire One D255

Is that a clean install where you formatted the hard disk (which file
system) or is it some upgrade to the new version?
can you post some information about the hardware, you should not expect
others to google that.

PC: oS 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Quad Q8300@2.50GHz | KDE 4.6.3 | GeForce
9600 GT | 4GB Ram
Eee PC 1201n: oS 11.4 64 bit | Intel Atom 330@1.60GHz | KDE 4.6.0 | nVidia
ION | 3GB Ram

ok guys, this is the solution: Press Ctrl-Alt-F4, to see the kernel messages, in my case there was a full dump of all the cpu registers and a stack trace, and in the stack trace there was a page fault message and some methods from reiserfs, so what I did was

  1. boot with gparted, resize the reiserfs partition, create another partition in the free space with ext4
  2. boot with rescue system, mount the two partitions, copy all the data from the reiserfs to the ext4 partition
  3. boot with gparted, delete the reiserfs partition and move/enlarge the ext4 partition
  4. boot with the installation disc and voilà ! no reiserfs, no crash!