[SATLUG] Problems starting X

Lance Schneider schneider.lh at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 21:10:49 CDT 2012

I have a system with a similar video card, same vendor. I had major
difficulties with X that I could never overcome using that card in a Redhat
Enterprise Linux 5.x install. If you find a work-around please, let me know.

On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com>wrote:

> I recently put together a new system and installed openSUSE 12.1 (64-bit),
> and it seems to be having trouble when it tries to start X.  I can see the
> initial boot menu options (Default, Failsafe, Boot from Floppy), but when I
> select the default option, the screen goes black, I can see the little
> round cursor do it's thing for a few seconds, then I might see something
> like a character-mode cursor in the lower left corner of the screen.  By
> that point, the system is locked-up -- I can't switch to a CLI log-in
> screen, or anything else for that matter.  I checked the X logs, but I
> didn't see anything that might suggest what's going on, and I don't know
> where else to look.
> However, if I pick the Failsafe option (or include "x11failsafe" as one of
> the boot-up parameters), I can get it to start-up and it seems to work ok.
> I've checked the X wiki and the openSUSE forums, but nothing seems to be
> on-point.
> I really consider using the "x11failsafe" parameter just a band-aid and
> that the real problem is still there, so I'd like to figure out how to fix
> it.  Can anyone give me some recommendations?
> The system specs for the system are as follows:
>    ASRock 990FX Extreme/4 motherboard
>    AMD FX 8120 CPU
>    8 GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
>    EVGA e-GeForce 7100GS (nVidia-based) video card
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