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Re: [opensuse] Installing openSuSE v11.1 on T21 -- Revisited
  • From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2009 14:27:53 -0500
  • Message-id: <49650239.60100@xxxxxx>
On 2009/01/07 19:40 (GMT+0200) Stan Goodman composed:

I posted the earlier phases of this adventure here about a month ago, and
have since "progressed", but always with similar results in the end.

It quickly became clear that the DVD drive had failed in the middle of the
installation, and I replaced it. Using the Installation DVD, I ran the
installation-media verification routine, and found that it was defective
(I have checked the iso file's MD5 code before I burned it), so I burned
another and verified it successfully. I then installed v11.1 from this
valid DVD.

Installation and configuration proceeded normally, but instead of
rebooting to present me with a finished system, it stalled with a dark
screen and unblinking cursor in the upper-left corner. A five minute wait
convinced me that it was going nowhere.

On many systems that blinking cursor is the result of missing boot code in
the MBR, or the lack of a startable/active primary partition that has a
properly installed boot loader. Better systems instead of that nothingness
will provide a message to the effect that nothing bootable is available.

Any idea how much happens before you reach the blinking cursor? Can you tell
from disk activity that it does things for a while before halting? Possibly
there's a problem related to your video chip.
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=336302 might apply

(Two previous installations with the unverified DVD got further than this,
in one case bringing up a finished system which I was able to use for the
rest of the evening, but which failed to boot the following morning.)

In order to try diagnose the reason for all this, I installed Windows XP,
using the entire 20GB HD. This installed faultlessly, and ran perfectly,
even after two shutdowns and reboots. I interpret this as meaning that I
do not have a hardware problem.

At the moment, the only thing I can think of is that the partitioning
scheme I chose is inadequate, because that's the only thing that has not
been tested. I have partitioned the HD as follows (from the beginning of
the disk):

Primary /boot 560MB ext3 (GRUB)
Logical Swap 560MB Swap
Logical / 8GB ext3
Logical /home 10GB ext3

I doubt the partitioning has anything directly to do your trouble, but if you
repartition in the future, note that your /boot is stupidly big for a 20G HD
with only one installed OS. 70G-100G is more than plenty for any sane normal
user. OTOH, but sure you have enough swap. If you want to STD, you need at
least as much swap as your installed RAM. If you might ever install more RAM
than you have now, be sure to use that amount.

I don't know what else to examine, and would be very grateful for comments
and advice.

On http://en.opensuse.org/Linuxrc roughly halfway down you'll see
kexec_reboot. Yours might be a machine that should be blacklisted but isn't.
Try disabling it.
--
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he
is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata *** http://fm.no-ip.com/
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