I have problems getting Suse 11.3 (32 Bit) running on my old computer.
On startup the screen turns black and the monitor goes to suspend, that’s it - no KDE.
Suse 11.2 is running fine on the system. (but see below)
Details of the system:
graphics card: ATI Radeon 9200, listed by Suse 11.2 as “RV 280 5960”
Monitor: Iiyama Vision Master 450 (CRT !)
OS: Suse 11.3 32 Bit installed from downloaded DVD (md5 sum checked) on a freshly formatted partition (no update)
(Suse 11.2 is still present (on another partition) and working)
Details of problem:
On installing the problem appeared after the (asked for) reboot of the system.
The reboot starts (/etc/init.d scripts seem to start executing), but then very early the monitor turns black and goes to suspend or standby. There were still HD accesses, probably due to install system running.
I tried to switch to a console (using Alt-F1…F10 and Ctrl-Alt-F1…F10) but there was no reaction at all. Also Ctrl-Alt-Del didn’t show any reaction.
I tried the complete install a second time, this time just with minimal changes to the suggested configuration: same effect. This time I let the computer run for a loooong time, in hope that the install system finishes whatever it has started. I then “rebooted” by power off/on.
(There was no reaction to trying to switch to console or Ctrl-Alt-Del)
On the next start I added “nomodeset” to the kernel options. With this X11/KDE still didn’t start, but I got to a console. (Monitor didn’t go to suspend)
There I tried to start ‘sax2’ in hope of being able to configure X11 by hand - but I couldn’t find it. (Not even in the sax2-tools package) Is it gone ? What is the replacement ?
I searched the net but so far only found:
SDB:Radeon - openSUSE
Which is for 11.2 and talks about sax2 - which I didn’t find.
and in the forum the thread No Graphical Output after Install which doesn’t offer a solution.
I dimly remember somewhat similar problems with 11.2 on that system. There I could start sax2 and get X11/KDE working.
This is my old computer (at my mothers place, to write some letters , show photos …), so
- I’m only there sometimes - it will take quite a time, until I can come back with feedback on your suggestions - sorry.
- My internet connection there is limited to a 28.8 KBit/s Modem. So big downloads aren’t possibly. (I can download on my main machine and carry them on stick)
I already rsynced the relevant (32 bit Intel) part of the Suse 11.3 patch repository and brought it by DVD. But I failed to apply the patches from yast at the console. How is this done in yast2 in curses-mode ?
Any ideas how to proceed ?
Regards and TIA