Suse 11.1 - Dell, G33 Video Card, Boot Issues

I’ve struggled with this issue for the past 8 hours, finally resolved it, and wanted to share.

I just upgraded to Suse 11.1 from 11.0 on a Dell Vostro 200 with a Intel G33 video card. 11.0 has always worked great for me with no problems.

After a clean install, booting into Suse 11.1 generated a blank screen after user login and shutdown my monitor, but the box was still running. I needed to power-down and power-up the box to get back in.

On KDE(3.5), I was only able to run 11.1 in Failsafe mode. I could run 11.1 on ICEWm or TWM, but not my choice of session types.

I was finally able to resolve the problem by changing my driver designation in my xorg.conf file from ‘intel’ to ‘vesa’ as below:

Section “Device”
BoardName “G33”
BusID “0:2:0”
Driver “vesa” <—CHANGED
Identifier “Device[0]”
Screen 0
VendorName “Intel”
EndSection

I can’t take credit for this as the solution was offered on a forum(possibly this one, but I’ve only visited a dozen forums in the last 8 hours and can’t remember which one had the suggestion).

Hope this helps.

That’s interesting. I am using the same as yours and have it working with my setup. Here is my xorg.conf.

Section “Files”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/local”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/Type1”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/URW”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/Speedo”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/PEX”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/latin2/Type1”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/japanese:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/kwintv”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/truetype”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/uni:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/CID”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/ucs/misc:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/hellas/Type1”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled”
FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/xtest”
FontPath “/opt/kde3/share/fonts”
InputDevices “/dev/gpmdata”
InputDevices “/dev/input/mice”
EndSection

Section “ServerFlags”
Option “AIGLX” “on”
Option “AllowMouseOpenFail” “on”
Option “ZapWarning” “on”
EndSection

Section “Module”
Load “dbe”
Load “freetype”
Load “extmod”
Load “glx”
Load “dri”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver “kbd”
Identifier “Keyboard[0]”
Option “Protocol” “Standard”
Option “XkbLayout” “us”
Option “XkbModel” “microsoftpro”
Option “XkbRules” “xfree86”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver “mouse”
Identifier “Mouse[1]”
Option “Buttons” “5”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option “Name” “ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse”
Option “Protocol” “explorerps/2”
Option “Vendor” “Sysp”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
DisplaySize 380 290
HorizSync 29-82
Identifier “Monitor[0]”
ModelName “VIEWSONIC VX2245WM”
Option “DPMS”
Option “PreferredMode” “1680x1050”
VendorName “VIEWSONIC”
VertRefresh 50-75
UseModes “Modes[0]”
EndSection

Section “Modes”
Identifier “Modes[0]”
Modeline “1680x1050” 184.27 1680 1792 1976 2272 1050 1051 1054 1096
Modeline “1600x1024” 174.46 1600 1712 1888 2176 1024 1025 1028 1069
Modeline “1600x1024” 161.18 1600 1704 1880 2160 1024 1025 1028 1066
Modeline “1600x1024” 149.25 1600 1704 1880 2160 1024 1025 1028 1063
Modeline “1600x1024” 136.36 1600 1704 1872 2144 1024 1025 1028 1060
Modeline “1600x1000” 169.13 1600 1704 1880 2160 1000 1001 1004 1044
Modeline “1600x1000” 157.40 1600 1704 1880 2160 1000 1001 1004 1041
Modeline “1600x1000” 144.66 1600 1704 1872 2144 1000 1001 1004 1038
Modeline “1600x1000” 133.14 1600 1704 1872 2144 1000 1001 1004 1035
Modeline “1400x1050” 153.77 1400 1496 1648 1896 1050 1051 1054 1096
Modeline “1600x900” 152.28 1600 1704 1880 2160 900 901 904 940
Modeline “1600x900” 140.62 1600 1704 1872 2144 900 901 904 937
Modeline “1600x900” 129.19 1600 1696 1864 2128 900 901 904 934
Modeline “1600x900” 119.00 1600 1696 1864 2128 900 901 904 932
Modeline “1280x1024” 138.54 1280 1368 1504 1728 1024 1025 1028 1069
Modeline “1280x1024” 128.94 1280 1368 1504 1728 1024 1025 1028 1066
Modeline “1280x1024” 119.40 1280 1368 1504 1728 1024 1025 1028 1063
Modeline “1280x1024” 108.88 1280 1360 1496 1712 1024 1025 1028 1060
Modeline “1440x900” 136.49 1440 1536 1688 1936 900 901 904 940
Modeline “1440x900” 126.98 1440 1536 1688 1936 900 901 904 937
Modeline “1440x900” 116.56 1440 1528 1680 1920 900 901 904 934
Modeline “1440x900” 106.47 1440 1520 1672 1904 900 901 904 932
Modeline “1280x960” 129.86 1280 1368 1504 1728 960 961 964 1002
Modeline “1280x960” 120.84 1280 1368 1504 1728 960 961 964 999
Modeline “1280x960” 110.95 1280 1360 1496 1712 960 961 964 997
Modeline “1280x960” 102.10 1280 1360 1496 1712 960 961 964 994
Modeline “1366x768” 110.19 1368 1456 1600 1832 768 769 772 802
Modeline “1366x768” 101.70 1368 1448 1592 1816 768 769 772 800
Modeline “1366x768” 93.37 1368 1440 1584 1800 768 769 772 798
Modeline “1366x768” 85.86 1368 1440 1584 1800 768 769 772 795
Modeline “1360x768” 108.75 1360 1440 1584 1808 768 769 772 802
Modeline “1360x768” 101.25 1360 1440 1584 1808 768 769 772 800
Modeline “1360x768” 92.95 1360 1432 1576 1792 768 769 772 798
Modeline “1360x768” 84.72 1360 1424 1568 1776 768 769 772 795
Modeline “1280x800” 107.21 1280 1360 1496 1712 800 801 804 835
Modeline “1280x800” 98.89 1280 1352 1488 1696 800 801 804 833
Modeline “1280x800” 91.61 1280 1352 1488 1696 800 801 804 831
Modeline “1280x800” 83.46 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 828
Modeline “1152x864” 104.99 1152 1224 1352 1552 864 865 868 902
Modeline “1152x864” 96.77 1152 1224 1344 1536 864 865 868 900
Modeline “1152x864” 89.56 1152 1224 1344 1536 864 865 868 897
Modeline “1152x864” 81.62 1152 1216 1336 1520 864 865 868 895
Modeline “1280x768” 102.98 1280 1360 1496 1712 768 769 772 802
Modeline “1280x768” 94.98 1280 1352 1488 1696 768 769 772 800
Modeline “1280x768” 87.97 1280 1352 1488 1696 768 769 772 798
Modeline “1280x768” 80.14 1280 1344 1480 1680 768 769 772 795
Modeline “1280x720” 95.65 1280 1352 1488 1696 720 721 724 752
Modeline “1280x720” 89.04 1280 1352 1488 1696 720 721 724 750
Modeline “1280x720” 81.68 1280 1344 1480 1680 720 721 724 748
Modeline “1280x720” 74.48 1280 1336 1472 1664 720 721 724 746
Modeline “1024x768” 81.80 1024 1080 1192 1360 768 769 772 802
Modeline “1024x768” 76.16 1024 1080 1192 1360 768 769 772 800
Modeline “1024x768” 69.71 1024 1080 1184 1344 768 769 772 798
Modeline “1024x768” 64.11 1024 1080 1184 1344 768 769 772 795
Modeline “1280x600” 79.00 1280 1344 1480 1680 600 601 604 627
Modeline “1280x600” 72.80 1280 1336 1472 1664 600 601 604 625
Modeline “1280x600” 66.74 1280 1336 1464 1648 600 601 604 623
Modeline “1280x600” 61.50 1280 1336 1464 1648 600 601 604 622
Modeline “1024x600” 63.20 1024 1080 1184 1344 600 601 604 627
Modeline “1024x600” 58.10 1024 1072 1176 1328 600 601 604 625
Modeline “1024x600” 53.78 1024 1072 1176 1328 600 601 604 623
Modeline “1024x600” 48.96 1024 1064 1168 1312 600 601 604 622
Modeline “800x600” 48.91 800 840 920 1040 600 601 604 627
Modeline “800x600” 45.50 800 840 920 1040 600 601 604 625
Modeline “800x600” 42.11 800 840 920 1040 600 601 604 623
Modeline “800x600” 38.22 800 832 912 1024 600 601 604 622
Modeline “768x576” 45.51 768 808 888 1008 576 577 580 602
Modeline “768x576” 41.66 768 800 880 992 576 577 580 600
Modeline “768x576” 38.56 768 800 880 992 576 577 580 598
Modeline “768x576” 34.96 768 792 872 976 576 577 580 597
Modeline “640x480” 30.72 640 664 728 816 480 481 484 502
Modeline “640x480” 28.56 640 664 728 816 480 481 484 500
Modeline “640x480” 25.95 640 656 720 800 480 481 484 499
Modeline “640x480” 23.86 640 656 720 800 480 481 484 497
EndSection

Section “Screen”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Depth 15
Modes “1680x1050” “1600x1024” “1600x1000” “1400x1050” “1600x900” “1280x1024” “1440x900” “1280x960” “1366x768” “1360x768” “1280x800” “1152x864” “1280x768” “1280x720” “1024x768” “1280x600” “1024x600” “800x600” “768x576” “640x480”
Virtual 2048 1200
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 16
Modes “1680x1050” “1600x1024” “1600x1000” “1400x1050” “1600x900” “1280x1024” “1440x900” “1280x960” “1366x768” “1360x768” “1280x800” “1152x864” “1280x768” “1280x720” “1024x768” “1280x600” “1024x600” “800x600” “768x576” “640x480”
Virtual 2048 1200
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Modes “1680x1050” “1600x1024” “1600x1000” “1400x1050” “1600x900” “1280x1024” “1440x900” “1280x960” “1366x768” “1360x768” “1280x800” “1152x864” “1280x768” “1280x720” “1024x768” “1280x600” “1024x600” “800x600” “768x576” “640x480”
Virtual 2048 1200
EndSubSection
SubSection “Display”
Depth 8
Modes “1680x1050” “1600x1024” “1600x1000” “1400x1050” “1600x900” “1280x1024” “1440x900” “1280x960” “1366x768” “1360x768” “1280x800” “1152x864” “1280x768” “1280x720” “1024x768” “1280x600” “1024x600” “800x600” “768x576” “640x480”
Virtual 2048 1200
EndSubSection
Device “Device[0]”
Identifier “Screen[0]”
Monitor “Monitor[0]”
EndSection

Section “Device”
BoardName “G33”
Driver “intel”
Identifier “Device[0]”
Option “monitor-VGA” “Monitor[0]”
VendorName “Intel”
EndSection

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier “Layout[all]”
InputDevice “Keyboard[0]” “CoreKeyboard”
InputDevice “Mouse[1]” “CorePointer”
Option “Clone” “off”
Option “Xinerama” “off”
Screen “Screen[0]”
EndSection

Section “DRI”
Group “video”
Mode 0660
EndSection

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “on”
EndSection