Installation starts in text mode

  • 7001689
  • 21-Oct-2008
  • 08-May-2012

Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
openSUSE

Situation

Installation is selected from the initial boot menu and after loading the installation environment only the text based ncurses interface is displayed.

Resolution

This can be due to issues with the automatically selected graphics driver or the graphical settings being used for the installation. A boot parameter can be added to the startup menu that fixes the problem in many cases.

Boot up the installation DVD and when the boot menu is displayed highlight the "Installation" selection but do not press Enter yet.  Instead type in the following text which will be displayed in the "Boot Options" just below the selections:

x11i=fbdev

Now press Enter to start the Installation with this additional parameter.

If this still fails try to pick a lower or different resolution in the boot menu of the DVD.

Cause

The above mentioned boot parameter picks fbdev as the graphics driver for the installation. fbdev is the lowest denominator for graphics drivers, which should always work. The installation setup automatically detects the graphics card and usually uses the correct driver for that. With some cards, especially newer ones, this might not work and this workaround has to be used.

After the installation has finished a different driver can be installed to use a lot more features of the graphics card.

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