I posted this question a month ago but had to go
to London and didn't resolve the issue, but I hope
you will bare with me on this one. Over this last
month I have been trying, but no solution.
I have a new AMD64 laptop from TPG, but TPG
are very secretive about the contents of the box
and refuse to discuss Linux (though it makes no
sense to sell a 64 bit machine with XP ! )
However, XP tells me that the screen resolution is
1280 x 800 at 60 Hz
and the adapter is an SiS, model:
on PCI bus 1, device 0, function 0
64 MB of the main RAM appears to be used for the video
The problem is that
1. SuSE 9.1 install starts properly (full screen, good quality
graphics with menus, edit boxes etc.
2. internet connects and tests correctly
3. downloads latest SuSE updates automatically
4. lots of software appears to be correctly installed
5. system reboots from hard disk
6. requests, and achieves, setup for root and for a user
7. system reboots and requests loggin
8. system then says that it cannot determine monitor characters,
and asks if I want to configure manually?
Note: up until this point the system has had zero problem with
displaying windows, graphics etc. Something in the initial SuSE
code "gets it right".
8.(cont) If I configure manually or not the system then jumps into some
ridiculous mode of 0 x 0 pixels.
Thus, it appears that the SuSE programmer requests the screen
dimensions, and receives 0 x 0 and fails to check the values, and
simply attempts to use 0 x 0, thereby sending the system into
convoltions. I can only switch off the electricty at this point.
When I try to reboot from the hard disc everything goes well
until the system gets to the loggin screen whereby the screen
promptly jumps into convoltions again.
Booting with F2 setting the screen dimensions does not help.
How can the initial part of the SuSE code get the screen perfectly
correct while the latter part stuffs it up?
Any ideas on how to interrupt the boot process and set the
Any ideas on how to get SuSE to fix this bug?