I’m currently trying to install Open SuSE v11 (32bit) on a system using the Live CD. The last step in the procedure, found on this site, states that I should reboot the system after finishing the installation wizard and that when the system boots back up it will begin the rest of the installation process. However after rebooting my system sits with a blinking cursor on a black screen after POST. I do see HD activity on the HD LED but the system isn’t doing anything otherwise. I’ve left it in this state for as much as 30 minutes with no change in display or HD activity. The system isn’t locked up because the numlock and caplock LEDs respond properly.
This system is a Dell Optiplex GX240 w/512MB RAM and a 20GB HD. I used a knoppix bootable ISO to shred the drive prior to install to ensure that there would be no partitioning issues. During the partitioning step of the installation procedure I elected to install a swap and a root partition (standard stuff).
I have since re-shreaded the drive and re-accomplished the Live CD installation proceedure, as described, with the same results.
This may sound strange, but could you boot from the live cd with the additional parameter
you have to press F6 and type that in the extra options line and boot. Then do the install after formatting the existing root partition.
I did as you asked and the system has the same behavior as before. It simply sits with a blinking cursor after the POST messages.
Let me be more detailed…
This computer was running Windows 2000 until I used a Knoppix bootable
ISO and shredded the hard drive. I decided to shred the drive so that
I’d have a totally fresh disk to put SuSE on. (using shred -n 1 -v -z /
Because I have run Windows 2k on it, booted it off of a knoppix iso
and shredded the HD, and booted it off of the Open SuSE v11 Live CD, I
know that this system is operational. Performing an fdisk -l shows
the partitions on the system, looking at /proc/cpuinfo and /proc/
meminfo, the system reports the correct CPU, RAM, and HD info. If
this system was broken in any way I would expect it to have showen
some kind of bad behavior at some point during all of this.
This computer has a CDROM, no DVD reader. So, I’m forced to use the
Live CD for install. I attempted to connect an external USB DVD
reader but the BIOS doesn’t see the external USB device at boot time.
So, I boot off of the Open SuSE v11 32Bit Live CD as described on the
opensuse.org website Installation/11.0 Live CD - openSUSE
. I select Open SuSE 11 at the boot time splash screen and the system
begins to boot off of the CD. After a brief period I’m presented with
a desktop populated with a green wallpaper and icons as described on
the installation proceedure. I double click on the Install icon and
process through the presented GUI menus accepting the license
agreement, selecting my timezone, creating the first user, and
selecting a partiton setup. There’s really no way to screw up the
install unless someone intentionally goes in a fools with the
partition stuff; which I’m not. I click on the install button on the
last install screen and the system begins the install process. This
take a little while but it completes without any errors. The last
window presented at the end of the installation process states that I
need to reboot the system with the Live CD removed. So, I select
reboot from the start menu and select reboot. When the system begins
flashing the BIOS stuff I eject the CDROM. The system completes the
POST and then I’m presented with a blank black screen with a blinking
cursor in the top left corner. I’ve tried rebooting the system
several times with the same result. I’ve also tried all of the F?
keys on the keyboard and nothing happens. The system does beep one
time per keypress after I’ve pressed the keys maybe 15 times.
I’ve gone through the install process again, taking pictures of each
step. As a Solaris, Irix, and Linux system admin with over ten years
of experience, I’m very capable of performing the instructions
described on the opensuse.org website. My problem is that there’s no
way to start attacking this problem since I’m not even seeing the GRUB
boot menu. I’m guessing that something special will have to done
during the install process to get at least the boot loader running.
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From a trouble-shooting standpoint it would be easy to say that the
user is screwing something up. That just isn’t the case. Again,
since I’ve followed the install proceedure verbatum I don’t know why
this isn’t working.
I know you did a proper install, I’m stumped.
Could you give an extra parameter
and then try and boot
That way we’ll get to see the error messages
if you are not seeing the grub boot menu, it could be that grub isn’t installed ? try installing grub & see what happens
I did try to reinstall grub several times using the OpenSuSE 11 Live CD and a Knoppix CD.
I ended up using shred on the drive again to wipe it clean and made a third attempt at the Live CD install. The third time the install worked correctly. The system is up and running.
I didn’t do anything differently during the third install. On the first install attempt I had also used shred to wipe the disk.
Thanks for your help,