Solved - Can not install any linux distro
Greetings to all,
I have attempted to install the top ten major distributions (and their recommended alternatives) as posted on distrowatch.com without success:
I am reasonably certain the reason for this problem is a failure to use the correct display drivers. Immediately after the boot loader executes, the display corrupts.
I know it gets to the desktop because the start-up sound for the various distributions I attempt does eventually execute.
I have scoured numerous forums & attempted several troubleshooting suggestions, all to no avail. To save some time, here is what I have tried so far:
- install in text mode
- install in video safe mode
- install in VESA mode
- install in compatibility mode
- install in kernel safe mode
- install with swtiches (nomodeset, nosplash, noacpi, noapi)
- verify the disc checksum
- install a 32 bit or 64 bit distro
- install from discs, flash memory, graphical installers
The specs of the machine I am attempting to install on are posted here:
If anyone can help, I would like to install the latest version of OpenSUSE as this is the distro my instructor will be using in an upcoming college course I will be taking.
Thank you in advance to anyone that can help.
Ubuntu 11.04 installed successfully - sort of ;)
I installed the latest version of ubuntu successfully from USB key.
I jiggered around with the options in the F# menus. The display corruption still occurred.
I then edited the boot parameters command line with the nomodeset, noacpi, & nosplash switches. This worked as I was able to view the entire boot & install process.
What is interesting to note is that I tried this method before with other distros (mepis, mint, open suse) without success.
It would have been nice to get OpenSUSE on so that I could follow along with it in my upcoming college course. I guess beggars can't be choosers ;)
The outstanding issue now is a WiFi driver failure, but that is a topic for a separate forum post.
Thanks to everyone that replied. Have a pleasant day.