I am trying to use the Network installation for 13.2 for a network installation CD. I have used this method for all new installations for several years and it has never let me down until now.
For reasons only others know, instead of being able to watch the process from the start, I get three small green squares on the screen and after a while they vanish leaving me a black screen.
How may I get the old verbose screen back so I may watch progress?
As I mentioned, never had this problem with earlier releases using network install. Really hate the change to splash instead of verbose as I have no idea where process is stalling.
Bottom line is I have used an installation CD as I have work to do and couldn’t waste time solving problem. Shame, I really liked the network install.
That’s the plymouth splash animation. Hit ESC while the three green dots are there, and you will see a lot of messages.
As for black screen – that may indicate video issues. It happens with some nvidia cards, for example. The trick is to use inferior video quality during install, and add drivers later. For legacy/MBR booting, hit the appropriate function key on the initial boot screen (I think it is F3), and select No_KMS. For UEFI booting, select the installation item on the boot menu, then hit ‘e’. You will be able to edit the boot command. Scroll down to the line with “linuxefi” and add " nomodeset" to the end of that line. Then continue with the boot (the screen will tell you how to do that).
However, if you are wanting to install over WiFi, that might not work anyway. The WiFi setup is broken on the 13.2 NET install image (and mentioned in Release-Notes).
Hi, as OP I would please like to pick up where we left off. I am trying to do a wired network install of 64 bit openSUSE 13.2 on a brand new UEFI IBM server (x3400 m3).
Whereas in the past the network install would connect to the internet and download the files, on this machine I get a screen asking for installation media and cannot get it to connect within the installation process. I can get the machine to connect if I play around a bit but then it asks for the URL. I have no idea what to enter for a network install.
It would be good to know for the future but meanwhile and given my time constraints I think I shall burn a DVD and install that way. Purpose of this message is to ask about UEFI implications as I have never installed on UEFI machine before. Is there an idiot’s guide I can read while I am downloading the file please?
That probably indicates a problem with getting a network connection.
I can get the machine to connect if I play around a bit but then it asks for the URL. I have no idea what to enter for a network install.
It has probably already run into an error before you got it connecting. And then it continues to assume a problem.
Purpose of this message is to ask about UEFI implications as I have never installed on UEFI machine before. Is there an idiot’s guide I can read while I am downloading the file please?
Usually, it just works.
It will want the EFI partition mounted as “/boot/efi”. If you do not have an EFI partition, you can have it create one (formatted FAT).
It will use “grub2-efi” for booting. But that’s very similar to “grub2”, except it use EFI firmware calls. It will create a small directory (named “opensuse”) in the EFI partition, and put the boot code there.
Hi and thanks for the reply. I suspect the config script for the network installation is not right for this new machine. I am therefore burning a full installation DVD on borrowed Windoze machine. Taking an age but will return here for help once I have tried it.
Hi, just to confirm that the problem was with the network install download.
Using a full install DVD it all went like a dream and with no intervention from me gave me a UEFI Secure Boot installation.
There remain some questions but I shall start new threads accordingly.