I’m trying to install openSuse 12.1 KDE on a Dell M6500 with a Quadro 1000m (i think) graphics card. I boot from CD, choose install and get the green oS background with nothing else. I’ve changed SATA operation in BIOS from AHCI to ATA with no good results, it just sits on that greek background indefinetly. The only way I’ve gotten it to load is to use -nomodeset as the boot option but then after creating the partitions it starts install and I get an alarm beep from the computer roughly half way through. There is no errors on the screen or anything indicating a problem other than the progress bar stops and the annoying alarm beeping. Hardware diagnostics report no errors.
Not that I noticed. I’ve been working on Dell systems for 10 years now. It’s not a typical hardware failure beeping I’ve heard from Dell’s having hardware errors, it wasn’t the patterend “beep codes”. I’ll try setting it up the same way and see if i can get it to set off the alarm again. All I had changed at that point was the boot option for -nomodeset, configured the partitions, user name etc and started the install. In the tree on the left pane it never got to the configuration settings.
I’ll check for lights or any other signs of system failure, and try removing the apci as Romanator suggests if this doesn’t work.
Not to start a flamewar, but have you tried a liveCD (maybe another distro)? This would help you see if it’s hardware related, openSUSE related, etc. I have an M6600 (the newer model of yours) and an M6300 – 12.1 installed without a hitch, similar hardware config.
I do run SLED 11 SP2 on them now, but I ran 12.1 for a short while just to make sure that the 3.x kernel wasn’t going to give me problems.