Hello all. I decided to try a different OS than the MS ones for the first time. I was thinking about a Linux distribution, so a friend of mine suggested to try OpenSUSE 11.
I am going install the OpenSUSE on my old AMD Athlon XP 64 (2GHz), with 512MB of Ram. This machine got its old Windows XP corrupted this summer because of a trojan virus. So, today, I formatted and installed again a clean copy of Windows XP. Once I installed all the drivers for windows I thought to install OpenSUSE I previously downloaded the ISO and burned, as an ISO, on a DVD. I downloaded the 64bit version, since my AMD, even if old, is a 64bit processor. So I inserted this DVD in the DVD drive and rebooted the machine. It appeared as I was expecting the welcome page and the boot options page. I read carefully the Newbie thread of this forum, but too bad I didn’t find anything near to the problem I met. Also I think I shouldn’t have a fragmented HD problem since I just formatted it.
As a first attemp I tried to leave all the default option, in particular looking at Kernel: Default and Driver: no. But after that the Kernel was loaded I just saw a black screen appearing and staying still for some minutes. So I shut down. I contacted my friend and he said that maybe I should try to insert “edd=off” in the boot options, Kernel = safe settings and driver= yes. But it gave me the same problem. I also tried other combos, inserting in language=italian (which is my mother language), screen options = 800x600 (which is a thing I like anyway more than the others) and keeping the suggestions my friend did. But still the same black screen appeared.
I hope that there is someone who maybe can try an help. I would be very grateful.
As additional infos the machine I am installing OpenSUSE 11 has 2 Hard drives. The first one, C, is the one where I installed WinXP and where I would like to have OpenSUSE as well. The second one, D, if possible I would keep it as a data store HD without formatting it with OpenSUSE installation.
Thanks in advance for any answer and I apologize for my English.