Recently I was installing openSUSE on my mums computer (ok, it was 10.3, but nevertheless
I think my post belongs to this list, as I know nothing like this will be changed for a
released version but it might happen for a future version).
So the situation: Her computer is connected via VGA to a TV (yes, not computer screen).
The TV supports a resolution of 640x480@60Hz (it's ugly for all of us.. but she just
does not want to find a place for another ugly screen).
with this screen, the Grub Boot Menu is not showed but there is only flickering on the
screen. By knowing what keypresses are needed, I selected Resolution 640x480 for the
installation and the rest went smoothly after. Of course for after the installation I had
to give her a textmode grub (timing out in 2 seconds, as she'll never ever use
another entry.. they are for me ;) )
At what mode does the GRUB menu actually operate? Is this mode mandatory for some reasons
or could we reduce it? The main approach should be to go as low as possible at the
beginning and increase with sanity as much as possible later... but not being able to see
the first screen to select resolutions or start the installation can be quiet an issue (of
course first question was: but windows worked on this computer, why is this happening).
Nevertheless: she's a happily converted user... all she ever does is starting
firefox, play some nifty flash games and use Thunderbird for mailing and pidgin for IM...
so she's perfectly happy (after the installation once passwd).
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