Wednesday, February 6, 2008

SLES10-sp1 hangs during installation in VMware?

I recently installed three SLES10-sp1 64-bit virtual machines in VMware. The install went just fine until the very last step (the configuring devices screen I think it's called). Upon reaching this screen my screen would go completely black and stay that way--I even left it black for an entire weekend.

The solution is to simple go through the entire install as you normally would. When the screen goes black, swith to an alternate console (press CTRL+ALT+F2 for example). If this doesn't switch consoles, reboot the machine, wait for the install wizard to come back up and then switch to a different console.

Once you have a new console just remove the /var/lib/YaST2/runme_at_boot file, which is the file that loads the installation wizard when you reboot, then reboot again.

The installation step you miss is where you would set your monitor, 3D acceleration, and screen resolution. So, once you have rebooted simply run 'sax2' as root to configure the stuff you missed.

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