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Fix VMWare Graphical Installation Problems When Installing SUSE Linux

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By Aaron Gresko

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Posted: 1 Aug 2005
 

Problem

When installing a SUSE Linux distribution in VMWare, the graphical install either fails to start and sends the install to text mode or the graphical YaST screen is split into four sections in the display.

Solution

This is a problem with the frame buffer in VMWare. Alternatives to the problem are doing a text-mode installation or doing a VNC installation.

The graphical installation can be run successfully though by using the x11i boot option when starting the installation. The solution is to force the installation to use a simple frame buffer device instead of an autodetected device.

At the installation menu, select Installation and on the boot options line enter x11i=fbdev.

For additional information on using the x11i parameter, see http://support.novell.com/techcenter/sdb/en/2001/09/snwint_bootparameter.html.


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