I was new to Linux a year or two ago when I installed the openSUSE 11.4 32-bit OS
with the Gnome desktop. Yesterday (July 4, 2012) I tried installing the openSUSE
12.1 64-bit OS with the Gnome & KDE desktops & additional software off of DVD (as
I had done with openSUSE 11.4 previously). I ran into problems with the 12.1 install/
login/run. Because of these, I accessed the openSUSE forums to see if my issues had
already been reported and to find solutions. I learned a lot of information, but nothing
specific to my issues. I learned things to do, as well as things not to do, so I tried a
2nd clean install of 12.1 today. I got the exact same failures, so hence this posting.
What I did (some of which is based on what I read in the forums):
- Checked the DVD before install - md5 checksums matched and kernel reported OK
- Chose to install only Gnome desktop and no other add on software
- Disabled loading from images (I’m not sure what this is, but forums mentioned this)
The install went OK up to the point where it said it was going to shutdown in 10 seconds,
when it did so. At this point, the screen goes blank and the only thing that happens is
the power light button on my Apple display starts flashing every second. I let this go on
for about 4-5 minutes before killing the power (yesterday it occurred and I let it go on
for about 10 minutes before killing the power). Doing this kept the install from going
through it’s “auto configure” sequence, as it did when I installed 11.4.
Turning the machine back on, the machine came up and appeared to run fine.
I click on my name in the upper right corner which dropped down some menu
allowing me to log out, suspend, etc. and immediately had an error and displayed
Oh no! Something has gone wrong.
A problem has occurred and the system can’t recover.
Some of the extensions below may have caused this.
Please try disabling some of these, and then log out and try again.
Alternative status menu with a slider that said ON.
I clicked the slider to OFF and did a log out as requested.
I then logged back in. When clicking on my name again in the upper right corner
of the screen, this time the drop down menu was missing the two lines below
“suspend” which were for restarting and shutting down the machine. Now, I have
no way to shutdown the machine using the GUI. I can and did shut it down using
the shutdown command at the command-line.
I might also point out the following:
- I have an NVIDIA graphics card
- I have a dual-boot system with Mac OS X and Linux (each system has its own internal disks)
Thanks in advance for any and all help with my problems.