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Re: [SLE] 9.3 install on Compaq 3017CL notebook hangs or fails to find hard drive
  • From: James Wright <jwright@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 10:48:13 -0400
  • Message-id: <428DF8AD.6020702@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


Randall J. Parr wrote:
Cristian Rodriguez wrote:

2005/5/17, Randall J. Parr <RParr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

Have Compaq Presario 3017CL notebook with SuSE 9.2 installed and running
fine.

Trying to install/upgrade SuSE 9.3.

When booting from the DVD and selecting "Installation", the system hangs
while "Initializing".


try installing it on text mode,same functionalilty no graphics.


GUI-mode, text-mode, no difference.

After selecting "Installation", the system boots off the DVD, the boot messages look normal, the YAST GUI comes up and looks fine, with "Initializing" showing in the large right hand window, a small window flashes "Probing Mouse" which disappears almost immediately, and the system then hangs at "Initializing...".

I have tried with acpi=off; the YAST GUI then comes up, keyboard selection, language selection, TILT no hard drive found.

I am assuming there is some boot option I need to use with this machine but I am unable to find any listing of the available boot options.

The system can boot and run Knoppix 3.6 and 3.7 Live CD's just fine.

The system has had SuSE 9.1 and then SuSE 9.2 installed without this kind of problem. The system currently has the original XP and SuSE 9.2 installed and running on it. The SuSE install uses Reiser (the default SuSE 9.2 option).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

R.Parr, RHCE
Temporal Arts


Just some ideas, turn off every option in your BIOS. Unplug your mouse. Unplug any hardware not necessary to install. Don't be afraid to unplug any internal hardware. Also, check your media. It may be defective. Clean your DVD drive. Try setting your HD to Master rather than cable select. You need to minimize anything that may cause error or cause your system install to make a choice. It seems odd that it won't install for you. Are you installing over the 9.2 or XP, or are you creating a third partition, or on a second HD? If you are installing on a second HD, remove your original, and install 9.3. Then put your 1st HD in and adjust Grub or Lilo accordingly. Good luck.

James W.

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