Linux Crashes When Booting Normal

I have recently installed openSUSE 11.2 on a dell d620. When ever I boot to the default, X seems to freeze and linux crashes. I cannot even hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to the terminal shell.

When it happens, the windows in the bottom turn to a yellow tint color. The windows also become unreadable. The mouse seems to move. I can click the windows, but they are slow to respond and don’t seem to correct themselves. When I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 is when the sytem becomes unresponsive and I have to power it off by holding the power button.

When I boot to Failsafe, this problem doesn’t seem to occur. Is there a problem booting to Failsafe? What do I lose by doing this?

nVidia Quadro NVS 110M/GeForce Go 7300 Gfxcard and installed the x11-video-nvidiaG02 and nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-desktop packages for my kernel. Please let me know if I should provide any additional information.

It sounds like a problem with your Nvidia graphics drivers. How exactly did you install them? To recap, the normal procedure is to:

  1. Add the Nvidia repository in Yast,

  2. Run Software Management in Yast and search for nvidia. The correct packages should already be ticked. Install those.

  3. Run the command ‘sax2 -r’ from a root shell under runlevel 3

  4. reboot (probably).

There are how-tos and stickies on this site, which cover this is more detail.

Regarding failsafe mode, this just has extra parameters on the kernel grub command line to turn things on or off. I should image you are forcing the system into no accelerated vesa graphics mode, which is why things then work. You can add some or all of these parameters to the normal grub boot line.

So, when you select normal boot and before the countdown clock icon reaches zero, type some of these separated by spaces and then press Enter:


However, I think the first is the one that would cure your problem. Some of the others are normally entered in pairs.

Tell us how you get on.

The 7300 Go is on the motherboard I assume. Can you switch it off in the BIOS, if so, do that, or tell the BIOS to use the other slot first.
Else, take the Quadro out, and see what happens.

BTW, IME it’s better not to generate a xorg.conf, try without one first.