SuSE 11.4 boot issues, does this help?

Still having difficulty starting 11.4. Must repeatedly turn off power and restart the system to get past what appears to be a conflict between disk and video buffer allocation. Once past this first blockage, the system sometimes comes up in an incorrect screen resolution, requiring yet another reboot. Eventually, with enough reboots, the system will configure correctly. Note this system (Dell 3000, Pentium 4, Intel video, 512 MB) operated without incident using 11.2 and 11.3.

Here is a snapshot of the screen from a successful IPL.

If the system is blocked, it is apparently due to a problem with the third line.

Still don’t know why the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file does not define the monitor, and/or why it is only intermittently found to configure the monitor. However, while a successful IPL still shows an undefined monitor in Control Center->Display, the various resolution definitions defined by xorg.conf are selectable in the Display panel.

A KMV switch is in the system, I have not connected the monitor directly to the CPU.
Note this same issue was previously discussed in the thread “Can’t boot, can’t update.” The xorg.conf file can be found in the Linux pastbin there.
Hope this helps.

KVM’s can throw strange problems. Here I have mouse problems unless I switch to the other machine when rebooting. I come back after the boot process and the mouse works well. Note this effects all OS’s Windows etc and all hardware I have tried. If I boot ether machine with it being in KVM focus the mouse shows strange lockups and other problems at some point. I have not seen monitor problems but then I use a xorg.conf file that tells the OS what my monitor is. Hardware detection through a KVM seem iffy.

Boot with ‘nomodeset’ and it might help :wink: Then you can troubleshoot the system (enable or disable ‘KMS’ depending on whatever your plans are) and so on…

  • quite a lot to that! If I use a KVM (and I only have this with ‘old-fashioned’ X configs, currently), I only use the KVM to switch the monitor…switching the keyboard and/or the mouse is just trouble for very little reward, considering the price of an extra mouse and keyboard. It can get a bit cluttered, though…

Thank you for the suggestions.
Have tried ‘nomodeset’ and a number of other options, none have made any difference. Use of a KVM switch allows four computers and their noise to (1) be located away from the workplace, and (2) to be readily available from one screen, mouse and keyboard. Systems are selected from the keyboard. IHMO, having a number of computers provides a great operating advantage. When one computer stalls in a “thinking mode”, another is readily available to do something else. The only thing missing is a good utility that allows exchange of copy and paste buffers through the network. ‘Remote Clipboard’ ( works extremely well with Windows systems but haven’t found a way to configure it yet with Wine.

The jpg doesn’t help. If it was after a boot to a bad resolution vs a good resolution IMO it might help. Neither does telling responders to go get the link from a prior post when you could have pasted it for us.

Your /boo/grub/menu.lst should always have the “nomodeset” option when using an /etc/X11/xorg.conf solution.

Sometimes I had a problem with resolution during boot because the monitor was on another PC when Linux was booting, as if there wasn’t a monitor attached. I haven’t had that problem in awhile but you can check if it boots correctly while the KVM linux has the monitor vs when KVM linux doesn’t have the monitor during boot.

After wasting my time looking for old suse pastes from a multiple errors topic, your xrandr -q showed a VGA1 using 1280x1024 60.0 as the primary resolution.
That should be true for each boot. You can run xrandr -q after each boot to verify you are using that mode (asterisk at 1280x1024 60.0) or if something has changed.

Finally, you can try correcting a bad resolution by issuing

su -c "xrandr  --output VGA1  --mode 1280x1024"  

I use a file called Saved_stuff.rtf on a drive that’s shared rw to all systems (either CIFS or NFS). As *.rtf, a common document format, it handles html, jpegs, png, links, etc. I paste something into it and I can open it on another system to get what I pasted. Works real time, just save before opening on the other system.

On 2011-04-01 20:06, hbco2 wrote:

> any difference. Use of a KVM switch allows four computers and their

Yes, and it also causes problems.

You absolutely must try without it. Only if the problems persist without
that thing in the way, come back :stuck_out_tongue:

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)

Thank you for your attention.