Text mode installation in (U)EFI mode

Hi together,
When I boot the 13.1-DVD iso image dd’ed on USB stick[1] in EFI mode, I see a completely different intial screen which doesn’t allow me to choose text mode installation (only “installation”, “rescue mode” and media verification) - this isn’t mentioned in any official installation guide (both reference and quick start) which has a hugh time wasting potential and is just sadist by the guide authors (who must have some insight in what they are writing about and maybe even tested their instructions…)!! Is there any way to install OpenSUSE 13.1 in EFI in text mode?

-Kalle


[1] as described on http://activedoc.opensuse.org/book/opensuse-reference/chapter-1-installation-with-yast. The instructions are under the live image section, no one can know if they apply to the DVD image (and no one can know if they don’t)

Why do you need to install it in text mode? The UI installation does not mean the actual installed OS needs to include any GUI elements nor will it install any if you choose a minimal server installation.

You can try passing the kernel parameter textmode=1 to force the installer to start in text only installation mode.

On 2014-09-13 15:16, krichter wrote:

> - this isn’t mentioned in any official installation
> guide (both reference and quick start) which has a hugh time wasting
> potential and is just sadist by the guide authors (who must have some
> insight in what they are writing about and maybe even tested their
> instructions…)!!

The writers are mostly volunteers, and often not the ones that do the
design. And not necessarily they have tested themselves all the
situations, perhaps only a few.

For instance, I have no UEFI hardware at all. When I contribute
documentation, I can not comment anything on that type of setup, so
somebody else must volunteer and contribute what I can’t write. If there
are no volunteers, then you will not see that documentation completed.

The people that design the installation system are, normally, not the
ones that write the documentation (few developers write documentation
unless at gun point, and when they do, it is often unintelligible - with
honorable exceptions). So often the writers have to find out for
themselves how things work, and this can take up years, by which time
the documentation is obsolete.

> [1] as described on http://tinyurl.com/lf48pkf. The instructions are
> under the live image section, no one can know if they apply to the DVD
> image (and no one can know if they don’t)

As you can see yourself, the docu refers to CDs, and the live CD images
do not fit on CDs, so… And the documentation does not document UEFI at
all, only a short “tip”.

So please, do not blame the writers, they do what they can. Do you
volunteer? :wink:


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)

If you are havering video compatibility problems you can edit the grub menu by pressing e then add nomodeset to the linux line a the true end of the line (it is long and wraps)