I have tried several different distributions of Linux, with no luck so far after several days of trial and error. OpenSUSE is my latest attempt, and I have some of the same trouble. I get ACPI errors at the first boot after installation, which is something I have got on the other distributions as well. I therefore select ‘e’, and add acpi=off as a boot option, and those errors are no more. Good! But, when the openSUSE load screen comes up, it halts at the last one of the three green dots, and stays there. I have also tried with the recovery mode startup, where more of the screen output is shown, and it then halts at the following message:
A start job is running for dev-disk-by\x2duuid-f35297db\x2d…35\x2d4f75\x2d9ad5c86a0111.device
I got USB errors when I tried Debian, which wouldn’t boot either. Could it be something similar going on behind the curtain here? The computer is a workstation with brand new hardware, and I suspect it could be a part of the problem.
Welcome to the openSUSE forums! “Brand new” means nothing to us, please describe in detail, at least processor type and/or graphics unit is needed to look for possible workarounds.
Also, you may need a newer kernel for “brand new” processors, try one of the Tumbleweed Live DVDs (no need to install) to test if that might be the problem.
I tried the install I have already done (Leap 15.1) with mce=off, but it still halts at the load screen. Then I tried the Tumbleweed Live iso from here: https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/tumbleweed
Tried to run the iso without installing, with mce=off, but it still freezes at the same spot.
I have also tried Ubuntu 19.10 just now, and there I get a stop with almost the same errors I had with Debian 10.2:
usb 7-6: Product: USB Audio
usb 7-6: Manufacturer: Generic
In Debian they were:
[7.356207] usb 7-6: cannot get ctl value: req = 0x83, wValue = 0xc00, wIndex = 0x1300, type 4
[7.356251] usb 7-6: 19:0: cannot get min/max values for control 12 (id 19)
Could these be lurking behind the openSUSE freeze as well?
I find these errors funny, as I don’t have any sound card installed in any USB ports.
If I try to run the Ubuntu installer with acpi=off and mce=off I get initramfs error, with the ‘no live medium’ message.
This is a machine at work, and I weren’t much involved with the picking of hardware. Installing Linux has been such a mess, but I hope it is possible to get working somehow.
You may have problems with the graphics card as well, since most work on the opensource nouveau driver is still in progress for the Turing aka NV164 chips: https://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/FeatureMatrix/
Let’s try something very basic: boot with the “mce=off nomodeset 3” boot options and see if you get at least a command line login.
If so, try “mce=off nomodeset” and you should get a minimal GUI; if so, you might be able to proceed with the install, then try to install the Nvidia driver following this page: https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers
Others might be required as well, specifically
Shortly (within a month?)
TW might be getting the 5.6 kernel(Merge Close which is finalization of what is accepted just happened) which is supposed to be introducing an enormous number of new “stuff” of all types… I’d guess that latest support for AMD CPUs is in the list.
This did it!
I was able to get into the simple GUI, and install the GPU drivers through Yast. Now I don’t even have to put ‘mce=off’ as a boot option to get started - which is maybe a bit weird considering I’m still running Leap 15.1? Anyway, I don’t care - it works. Big thanks to all of you!