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Troubleshooting if SUSE Linux Installation Won't Start

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Posted: 6 Aug 2004

Applies to: SUSE Linux

Here's a nice little tidbit that can help you figure out what's wrong if you have installation problems with SUSE Linux. For example, when booting from the SUSE Linux CD/DVD, if no image is displayed or the installation hangs at a later stage (before the installation settings dialog appears), no error messages are displayed so it makes it tough to imagine what's happening.


Keep the Shift key pressed while booting. In this way, the rudimentary hardware detection of syslinux (the boot loader used on the CD/DVD) is suppressed.

Instead of a graphical boot menu, a text-based boot menu should be displayed.

Select the option that starts the installation. In SUSE Linux 9.1 the option is "linux".

Ideally, the installation will proceed without any further problems. But even if this is not the case, you should now be able to see any error messages while loading the kernel.

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