Problems with new Hardware


I did recently changed the complete Hardware of my OpenSuse Leap 4.3 64bit Installation.

The old Hardware was:

  • HP Compaq dc7600
  • Intel P4 650
  • Graphic Intel 945G GMCH (on-board)

The new Hardware is:

  • ASUS z270-p Mainboard
  • Intel i5 7500
  • Graphic Intel HD Graphic (Integrated)

The swap itself was mainly without any error. The new System was booting with the “old” disk immediately. It is fast and after 3 days running I haven’t had any problem/freeze/crash. That’s good news.

Now the bad news:

  • I am unable to get Hardware Information via YAST. During the initialization process it hangs at “Framebuffers”
  • Running the command “hwinfo --framebuffer” also hangs (just says “> bios.4.2: mode info”)
  • I have noticed, that moving the mouse sends some “crackles” to the audio output (constantly)

If anyone has any idea where to look at or what else I have to do after the change it would really be of help. If you need any more information please let me know. And, please, apologize my english :\

Thanks, Chris

Forgot to mention: Both, the “hwinfo --framebuffer” and the YAST Hardware Information are consuming 100% on one of the cores.

Did you run mkinird after the hardware change? Need that to discover new hardware

Thanks for the answer. And yes, I did that. I was thinking there may be a problem since the new MoBo is UEFI booting. So I spent the last day with moving from MBR to GPT booting. Was a bit of a nightmare since there’s allways stated “that’s simple, just change your disk from mbr to gpt” but the only description I found was for UBUNTU and LEAP Live-DVDs are also difficult to get. Anyway: Change is completed, ran mkinitrd again -> same result. Here’s the log of the mkinitrd, maybe it is of help:

I: Executing: /usr/bin/dracut --logfile /var/log/YaST2/mkinitrd.log --force --force-drivers "ahci thermal ata_piix ata_generic processor fan xennet xenblk" /boot/initrd-4.4.87-25-default 4.4.87-25-default
I: *** Including module: bash ***
I: *** Including module: systemd ***
I: *** Including module: warpclock ***
I: *** Including module: systemd-initrd ***
I: *** Including module: i18n ***
I: *** Including module: drm ***
I: *** Including module: plymouth ***
I: *** Including module: kernel-modules ***
I: *** Including module: resume ***
I: *** Including module: rootfs-block ***
I: *** Including module: suse-btrfs ***
I: *** Including module: suse-xfs ***
I: *** Including module: terminfo ***
I: *** Including module: udev-rules ***
I: Skipping udev rule: 40-redhat.rules
I: Skipping udev rule: 50-firmware.rules
I: Skipping udev rule: 50-udev.rules
I: Skipping udev rule: 91-permissions.rules
I: Skipping udev rule: 80-drivers-modprobe.rules
I: *** Including module: dracut-systemd ***
I: *** Including module: haveged ***
I: *** Including module: usrmount ***
I: *** Including module: base ***
I: *** Including module: fs-lib ***
I: *** Including module: shutdown ***
I: *** Including module: suse ***
I: *** Including modules done ***
I: *** Installing kernel module dependencies and firmware ***
I: *** Installing kernel module dependencies and firmware done ***
I: *** Resolving executable dependencies ***
I: *** Resolving executable dependencies done***
I: *** Hardlinking files ***
I: *** Hardlinking files done ***
I: *** Stripping files ***
I: *** Stripping files done ***
I: *** Generating early-microcode cpio image ***
I: *** Constructing GenuineIntel.bin ****
I: *** Store current command line parameters ***
I: Stored kernel commandline:
I: rd.driver.pre=ahci
I:  resume=UUID=38b9ce86-f26e-462e-b5c7-8b37565afe73
I:  root=UUID=4d21173c-1822-4c24-bd55-1f909d962ed5 rootfstype=ext4 rootflags=rw,relatime,data=ordered
I: *** Creating image file '/boot/initrd-4.4.87-25-default' ***
I: *** Creating initramfs image file '/boot/initrd-4.4.87-25-default' done ***

Hm, really no one has an idea?

MBR and GPT are two different things MBR is a boot method GPT is a partitioning method. The old partitioning way is DOS. The new boot is EFI. When doing these low level type changes it is far easier to reinstall. The new Intel CPU/GPUs can be a problem and may require a newer kernel.

Thanks for the answer. Yes, I have noticed the incompatibility between the Kaby Lake and the 4.4 Kernel of OpenSuse. From what I have read it should have been fixed with the backported kernel modules. I did anyway install the kernel

Linux SUSE-01 4.13.9-2.ge7d7106-default #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Oct 23 09:44:25 UTC 2017 (e7d7106) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I did the change of MBR/DOS to GPT/EFI because it is the first time that I have been in touch with an UEFI BIOS. So the main reason was to boot the system in UEFI-only mode. So it was a bit of education. The system is running pretty good. Fast and (what I can say after 10 days) reliable. The only things that do not work are:

  1. YAST -> BOOTLOADER (freezes if going to tab “kernel parameter”)
  2. PC-speaker (line out is working, system beeps at POST so I asume speaker is connected corretly)
  3. YAST → Hardware (stalled at “Framebuffer”, the same with “hwinfo --framebuffer”)

So beside the experiences I had with moving the system from an older hardware to a new hardware just by swapping the disk, I also want to solve this problems.