I am new to SUSE and Linux and have just installed openSUSE 11.2 on my laptop. The installation (from DVD) seemed to be succesful (only during the automatic configuration there was an error message), but when the system started there was no graphical user interface but only “text mode”. It was possible to login but KDE didn’t start.
Then I tried “repair system” from the installation DVD. Mainly two errors where found: The first was with the “package database”: /var/lib/rpm/Filemd5s was not found. This was repaired but occured again in a second check.
The second was a “boot loader error”. It said the boot loader configuration was wrong, /boot/grub/device.map not valid. Unfortunately I have no clue of all this, so I didn’t know how to repair this.
Thanks for any help.
@j_som: you could also post some information about your hardware, especially the video card. The results of
executed as root would be helpful.
Thank you for your advice. The command startx made the GUI start normally, so it isn’t a hardware Problem. But why didn’t it start automatically? Maybe I have choosen a strange configuration.
The result of fdisk -l was
Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x081783be
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 7022 56396182 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 7022 14593 60822059 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 7022 7198 1421721 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 7199 9809 20972826 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 9810 14593 38427448+ 83 Linux
Another thing is that the Keybord & Language setting is wrong (it is English though I have chosen German). Where can I change this?
I just found the language options in the YaSt2 Control Center. “German” is selected, but the option “adapt keyboard layout to German” is disabled.
I also found the sysconfig editor. The setting of KEYTABLE is “de-latin1-nodeadkeys.map.gz”, so it should be a German keyboard layout. Why is it US/English anyway?
Alright, the problem is solved now! Language/Keyboard setting was correct after a second login. The GUI didn’t start because I had chosen “runlevel 2” during the installation although I didn’t really know what that means!