Unable To Log In After Fresh installation.

I installed opensuse 12 and am stuck at the log in screen. I did a re-installation so probable it’s to do with tmp files
because I tries selecting session as KDE-Desktop but didn’t help.
Need assistance how to proceed.

Hi, welcome to the forums,

To help you, we need more info. What medium did you install from? Which desktop chosen? What do you mean by login screen, is it a graphical login screen, or just a console and a login prompt?
And, the hardware? Specially the video card.

Thank you.

Installed opensuse 12.2 from DVD. Selected KDE and gave 20GB to /, 250GB to /home (media previously used in Win are here), 2GB to swap, 20GB to /var.
Hardware. HP pavillion DV 4, 4gb ram.
Graphics: Intel media accelerator 4500MHD.

Thanks. Partitioning seems OK (personally I don’t mount /var separately, but that’s not related to the issue.

Remains my question: are you seeing a graphical login screen, or does the system boot to a console login prompt.

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> I installed opensuse 12

there is no openSUSE 12, there is a 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 Beta–which of
those do you have?

> and am stuck at the log in screen.

what do you mean ‘stuck’?
if you type can you see what you type?
does the mouse pointer move along with the mouse?
are the Num or Caps lock LEDs on the keyboard flashing?
can you hear the fan running in the machine?
see the hard drive light blink?

is this log in screen green? or a black with white letters? what does it
say, exactly?

during initial boot do you see a green screen where you can select
between a “failsafe” or other boot (perhaps you can select Windows??)?
if you select failsafe what happens?
what if you select Windows?

> I did a re-installation

does that mean you had 12.1 or 12.2 running okay for a while but then
had troubles and decided to try to fix it by reinstalling?

if so, what were the troubles you were having?

> so probable it’s to do with tmp files
> because I tries selecting session as KDE-Desktop

i don’t see the connection between temporary files and not being able to
select KDE! does that mean you usually run GNOME but had problems and
reinstalled openSUSE and KDE?

> Need assistance how to proceed.

tell us more detail and how you got to where you are, then maybe we
might know how to help.

and, tell us: is this your first Linux install (the answer to that helps
us know the level of detail to convey to you?

did you install on a machine already holding Windows? (which version)…

did you download the iso image from http://software.opensuse.org/, and
md5 or sha1 sum check it for correctness like explained here

did you follow the other hints on that page to make sure you have good
install media? then, once you had burned the install media did you boot
from it and self-test it like you see here: http://tinyurl.com/3qde66h

openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobile” of operating systems!

Sorry about that,
The system boots to a log in prompt. When I type the correct name and password it goes dark a bit
for a sec then returns the same log in promt. Despite selecting session as either KDE desktop or fail safe.

Thank you,
I installed version 12.2.
At the green log in prompt screen am able to select failsafe alright but still unable to log in because it won’t accept the user and password.
I totally chucked Windows so can’t really select that.
Caps are off,fan is on and the light is blinking, no problem.
I did install at first and when refused to accept password i though i had mis-typed so I re-installed.
I previously had Ubuntu running alongside win7.

Hope this helps…

So, you do arrive in a graphical login screen. Otherwise the screen wouldn’t go blank, and in the console you cannot select a desktop. Which brings me back to the partitioning and the separate mounting of /var . To find out what happened, make the desktop start crash until back in login screen, then hit Ctrl-Alt-F1. This will bring you to the console. Login with username and password and do

su -c 'tail -30 /var/log/messages'

it should say something about the KDE session not being able to start.


Thank you.

Yes I’ve done that. Gave the list of failed log in attempts saying user wasn’t known to the underlying authentication module.
Up till this successful “root login on tty1”

And you can login with the same username and password ( i.e. not root ) in the console?

250GB to /home (media previously used in Win are here)

What does this mean? When you install a new Linux without previous Linux, that must be created anew and thus nothing is there. Can you explan?

I tried logging in with the user name I gave in installation “steve” plus the password
but it said wrong login info.
Only when I log in as root and give the same password it accepted.

That could be the culprit, is this an NTFS ( Windows ) partition? If so, stop here, that’s not going to work. Linux needs to set permissions on files and folders, which is not gonna work on NTFS.

Hello hcvv,

That partition has media files: books, movies, and music that I used to access using previous operating systems: Win and Ubuntu.
It has no OS ever installed in it.
Hence I did not format it while doing the installation, I simply set it as /home and mounted.
That’s what I meant.


Yes it is a Windows partition. And there are some files in there I wouldn’t want to lose.
So do i do a fresh install and how do I go about the this partition.

Backup the files you want to keep to external (USB, Cloud) storage, install, choose ext4 to be the file system for /, /home and /var . Follow procedures as before. When done, inspect the folder structure as created in /home/steve, then move the backed up files to their new destination. That’s the most elegant one.

If you don’t have those options, reinstall, and let the installer shrink the windows partition, hence creating room for /home. But before that I’d love to see output of

fdisk -l

TIP: booting into KDE from a KDE LiveCD makes things much easier, since you can use Firefox to login to the forums, and copy output from a terminal window.

I am not able to boot from the liveCD at the moment but here:
The output:

fdisk options: change partition table;list partition table; give partition size in block

Option:Sector size (512,1024,…); Compartible mode; print; display units…

Is that any helpful?

No, we need the exact output, that’s why I suggested the LiveCD. Generating the output when booted from the DVD is no problem, problem is for you to get it posted here.
Rather then moving on on that trail, choose the backup, reinstall, (with formatting /home with ext4), restore path.

FYI you can NOT use NTFS file system as the home partition. It simply does not work.

On 2013-01-21 16:16, MrSteveBala wrote:

> Is that any helpful?


Log into text terminal, then run the command

fdisk -l > somefile.txt

Then paste the contents of that somefile.txt here, inside code tags.
Advanced editor, ‘#’ button.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 “Celadon” (Minas Tirith))