SAPPHIRE 100243L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card
Hauppage WinTV HVR 1600 MC Model 1388
I’ve successfully installed 13.1 on two or maybe three other machines without problem, but this one fails in some way I don’t understand. The install process seems to run okay up to the point where you are supposed to reboot the system and let it finish up the installation routines. It cannot reboot. It gets as far as the green lizard screen and stops dead.
On the console, it seems to be running at least one maybe more traceback routines, but most of it scrolls off the screen. The last interesting line is:
9.214457 Fixing recursive fault but reboot is needed!
If left long enough it sometimes adds something about a USB port.
Another strange thing it does: if I boot into a rescue session from the install disk – and I haven’t been able to figure out how to do anything useful from there – when I attempt to shut down it goes into this strange looping behavior where it seems to be saying something about a USB port number X shutting down, followed immediately by several lines that seem to indicate that USB X+1 is now loading the Logitech optical mouse that’s plugged into the system. This sits for a long time, then that number shuts down and the next one (+1) registers the mouse. Over and over, I’ve seen the count go as high as a hundred and something.
I would give you the exact messages, but they’re a little tedious to copy in longhand.
I’ve seen some references to problems with this distribution related to the Radeon graphics driver, but I never get far enough in this process to do anything about that.
I would appreciate and suggestions to get this working,
At reboot type a e to go to grub edit mode find line starting with linux. go to the true end of the line. it will be wrapped. (press end key is easiest) enter a space and nomodeset. press F10 to continue boot
If that works you will be using a generic driver so you will probably want to install the propritary driver for the video card/chip
If Intel video chip then run updates the driver that ships may be buggy for some cards the update correct that.
not sure if its related but on a clean openSUSE13.1-32bit-liveCD kde install
a similar event occurred
kdm was failing to load correctly
problem solved by changing the font, it had been set to sans serif by default,
booted 100% of the time after selecting DeyaVu Sans (preferred)
font changed in
-----Fonts, all changed
NB 1. at first, a cold start was found impossible, warm start only successful after 3 or 4 attempts,
NB 2. failsafe start used a totally unreadable font in the terminal messages so could not be used
ALSO, is there anyway to capture the steam of console messages that are produced when I try to boot this system and it fails? There’s no obvious way to get them when the system freezes part way through. I’ve attempted to immediately reboot the machine using a USB live system (Linux Mint), and then mount the original root drive and, e.g. try to find a useful file in /var/log/ but nothing seems to be helpful. Is there any way to capture all the info that streams past the screen when I’m trying to start it?
The problem is that there are no key sequences that will do anything because the system is at this point frozen. Dead. Shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the choir invisible. Sort of thing. Which is why I was trying to access the boot log from outside, so to speak, using a LiveUSB system.
I should have mentioned this to start, in case it’s a clew for someone. This exact system ran for a year or so without real trouble on an older Ubuntu release – Pangolin, as I recall – before I made the rookie mistake of trying to update it to maintain support.
Have you tried the “noacpi” boot option or recovery mode already?
If one of those would work, you could try to update your system, maybe the problem is already fixed.
There have been 3 kernel updates already for 13.1 f.e.