I have been using suse casually from 7.x off and on. I wanted to start using it more and getting myself off of that other OS. I have had a dual boot set up for a while but never use it because its a hassle to log out and swap over. I decided to grab an older box of mine and run linux only on it and xp on my main pc for gaming and use synergy to hop back and forth.
on to the problem…
Asus k8v se deluxe
- alt 1007 bios
amd 64 3200+ 754 chip set
ATI 9600 xt
- alt old geforce card
2x512 ddr400 ram
160g ata segate drive
- alt 120g western
antec 450w power supply
- alt suse 9.1_64 dvd
- alt opensuse 10.3_64 dvd
The over all problem is that opensuse 11 crashes / freezes during install and after install for no apparent reason, I did get it to install 2 times. When I did get it installed and was setting up things sometimes it would go an hour before locking up and others it would still be loading. I have had it lockup at all different parts of the install. I cant recall any before the kernel is loaded though. Most of the time it does fine until it is actually installing but not always.
I have tried all sorts of apic acpi acpi=off apic=off settings, safe mode, test mode, and turned apic / acpi off in the bios all with bad results. Of the 2 successful installs one was with safe mode on and one was with no kernel settings but default, both on 800x600 vid. Both would crash after install at random times. If you think it might be a apic / acpi issue let me know how I can test / narrow it down better as I am not very familiar with this.
I was running xp on this box and playing some graphical heavy games on it about 6 months ago no problems. I installed 9.2 on it today and it ran fine even with lots of load on it. Also tried a version of knoppix and no lock up with load. It got a little slow when I opened up about 10 programs and turned on a heavy 3d screen saver but never could get it to lock up. I did download 10.3 last night and it froze up on me during install about 3 times as well, I never got a successful install.
I tested the RAM a few different ways; removing one at a time, trying different slots with each, and the memory test on the suse disk. The memory test passed and no matter what RAM was in what slot or not in it locked up. I tried the install on both hard drives, both locking up. I tried an old nvidia card I had laying around because I know ati cards don’t always play well, that card had no better results. I do have a agp 8x geforce 6600 gt that will be here Monday.
I did try to upgrade the bios to the most current non beta, 1007. When I did this it would freeze up at loading USB devices every time. So I unplugged the usb keyboard and mouse and plugged in a ps2 keyboard. It loaded fine and let me go through the set up with the ps2 keyboard ok but sure enough froze during the actual install still. I took it back to 1001 bios.
I did check the download md5 and all was ok. I then checked the dvd I burned with the option on the disk and it failed to pass. I reburned it at 2x on a sony dvd-r single layer disk. This disk did pass the test but didn’t have any better results.
I did install, with a different dvd that I did not burn, opensuse 11 on my work pc, p4 2g ram nvidia fx card, with no problems. But one is 32 and one is 64 so i can’t swap the disks to test.
Anyone got some ideas?
I am down to the thought that its a kernel issue with my mobo maybe? Anyone have 11 installed with this board? if so what bios version/settings and kernel settings are you using? The fact that 11 and 10.3 did not work but 9.1 did makes me think its something new in the kernel. Should I try 10.2? On the hardware compatibility page my mobo has a check for 10.2 but a ? for 10.3 and 11. Was there a change in 10.3 from 10.2 that would cause this? If it is a mobo compatibility issue I would maybe be ok with buying a new one provided it would work with my current cpu, the new card I have on order, my current RAM, maybe the room to put another gig in, and for sure going to work with opensuse 11. I tried looking up socket 754 boards and not many sites sell them still. If the mobo being replaced is the fix recommendations on a site and board would be welcomed.
I do have an old p4 at home I could try my graphics card and hard drive with a 32bit install on if that might help conclude anything but id rather not use this box for my linux set up.
Thanks for the help!