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SUSE 10.2 installation problems


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Hi everyone,

Before I begin, let me start by informing you that I am really new to partitioning and installing operating systems and things like that, so if/when anyone gives me suggestions, please explain it as if you were explaining it to a child. I may not be able to follow completely, so please bare with me...and thanks! :whistling:

Problem:
I downloaded the DVD iso for SUSE 10.2. I downloaded the boot disk for it, and burned it using an ISO burning program. Threw it in the drive, booted up, and it seemed to be working fine. The only issue I had while installing was that it said that it could not load the graphical interface because either my system has less than 62MB RAM (I don't remember the exact number, but nothing large) or it could not read the "X server". I really have no idea what that meant, and I have 512 MB SDRAM (specs below)... so I just kinda shrugged it off and let it go with just the plain text installation.

As far as I was aware, everything seemed to go just fine. I set up the partitions and such and let it install. I decided to go with GNOME. The only thing I did not realize until after it was installed was that it never asked me to set a password for root or gave me the option of setting up other users. Basically, I installed it, but I cannot get into it. I decided that there was a good possibility that I had missed something or accidentally did something wrong, so I re-installed it. I did this 7 times with no avail. It went with the plain text installation each time I have tried. I tried the different installation options included with the package, but still got nowhere.

If anyone has any ideas as to what caused this or what a solution could be, I would really appreciate the input!


Here are some basic system specs:

CPU Type: Intel Pentium IIIE, 500 MHz (5 x 100)
Motherboard Name: Asus MEW-AV (4 PCI, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video)
Motherboard Chipset: Intel Whitney i810
System Memory: 512 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type: Award Medallion (12/07/99)

If you need to see anything else or want any other info, I will be more than happy to cooperate. Sorry if I forgot to include anything that I should have. I really appreciate the help!

Thanks in Advance
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[edit]Forgot to mention I installed GNOME not KDE[/edit]

Edited by silencedmessage, 11 January 2007 - 06:19 PM.

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The Xserver supports the X-windows program which is a kind of rudimentary GUI which the full GUI uses rather as a kernel. Something you might try is taking a stick of memory out and seeing if it recognizes the full 256mb.
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Thanks for the suggestion!

Quick question before I proceed, you do mean try reinstalling the system with just one stick of the 256 mb?

I also still have two sticks of 128MB with nothing wrong with them (i just decided to upgrade a few months ago) Do you think that would make any difference?


Thanks again

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You can get some strange problems if you have slighly different types of memory in a machine, so it's often a good idea to simplify and just have one brand or type. Also check your memory in BIOS Setup to see how much it sees and if there is any configuration problem.
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The bios always reads as 511 MB ram, and it is the same exact type of RAM as what was originally installed in the machine (2x128MB SDRAM) the only difference being the size. All of the sticks are even from the same company. I don't know if that is really the problem, but it is definitely worth checking out. I will not have time to try it tonight, but I will get back to you as soon as I get a chance!!!

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