Can't boot, can't update

I have upgraded from SuSE version 11.3 (which worked well) using zypper
dup.  Unfortunately, an earlier post regarding resolution of a CPU crash
during boot turned out to be premature, as it is now intermittent.  When
booting, the system: 
(1) UDV reports a CPU crash (on-screen dump) 
(2) if the computer is reset (turned off, then on again), it will
eventually either boot up normally (rare) or display a screen with a
very wrong resolution setting.  Repeatedly rebooting will eventually
tease the system into normal operation, but it usually takes several
attempts.  Several Grub parameters have been tried but don't seem to
make any difference.  The display adapter is an Intel 845G for which a
/etc/dhcpd.conf file has been configured.
(3) Once operating, the system cannot update, either using zypper up or
the Gnome GUI update manager.  Running zypper update from root yields:
GLib-GIO:ERROR:gdbusconnection.c:2279:initable_init: assertion failed:
(connection->initialization_error == NULL).  After several such
messages, the update proceeds, but locks up with: 
Retrieving: timezone-2011b_2011c-1.2.1_0.3.1.i586.delta.rpm [0% (0
B/s)]
Interestingly, the download of timezone data often continues up to 74%,
then stalls. Initially, the timezone file begins to download, but stops
at 74%.  The B/s then counts down to zero.  The download attempt will
time out, then continue to retry until manually aborted.
The GLib error can be supressed with su - root, but update still fails
with the timezone download.
Any help appreciated.


All seems normal until it reaches a time


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3/19/2011 4:36:03 AM
Did you give any though to doing a new install?

If that were my machine, even if I managed to get it working, I'd never
be content with it., having all that history


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3/19/2011 5:06:01 AM
I'd rather resolve the issues with the display driver and update
manager.  The rest of the system seems ok (it has been used to send this
message).
A reinstall is a good 12 hour project, with reconfiguration and
re-installation of an admittedly few applications.


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3/19/2011 7:36:01 AM
12 hours
Heavens above!

I have a fairly simple install too but a couple of hours is more than
enough.

Re Your issue. If you boot to level 3 is the network still down?


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3/19/2011 9:06:02 AM
Init 3 brings me to a terminal prompt.  The network seems to be
functional, (ping shows response to another computer in the LAN here,
and so Internet should also be accessible) but attempts to run firefox
indicate a screen is not defined, and startx brings up a desktop in an
invalid screen resolution.
12 hour install is not unusual by the time one spends teasing programs
that need special configuration and interface (access to a printer
though another computer for example) in a Windows workgroup network. 
Try installing Irfanview with the proper desktop icon, for example. 
Turns out one has to manually install the icon file and then reconfigure
the launcher.  To get the Intel screen driver to work (at least in 11.3)
it is necessary to install dhcp.conf, which was borrowed from a working
system (after hours of configuration) and transfer the file from a
terminal.  Could be the dhcp.conf file is not identified properly in
11.4, and that is what is wrong with the 11.4 installation.  A number of
other special stunts are needed to get a SuSE Linux OS operating
properly on the Dell computers here, and the stunts change with each new
release.
With the accolades presented on the OpenSuSE page for 11.4, I thought
I'd see if some of the particularities would disappear, but....  It does
seem to run faster when it is working.


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3/19/2011 10:06:02 AM
One curiosity, I notice in the System Monitor screen the report of two
CPU's, even though the system has only one processor.  It is a Pentium 4
with 512MB memory.


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3/19/2011 10:36:01 AM
You can't run a graphical firefox in level 3

My thought was considering your comment
> (3) Once operating, the system cannot update, either using zypper up or
> the Gnome GUI update managerThat you could try running updates from level 3

You can run yast like this BTW
'Boot to Level 3, then Yast and More....' (http://tinyurl.com/yam9x9f)


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3/19/2011 12:36:01 PM
On 03/19/2011 05:36 AM, hbco2 wrote:
>
> One curiosity, I notice in the System Monitor screen the report of two
> CPU's, even though the system has only one processor.  It is a Pentium 4
> with 512MB memory.

Your CPU probably implements HT. That counts as a second processor even though 
that capability is mostly Intel hype.
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3/19/2011 1:48:26 PM
hbco2;2308048 Wrote: 
> Init 3 brings me to a terminal prompt.  The network seems to be
> functional, (ping shows response to another computer in the LAN here,
> and so Internet should also be accessible) but attempts to run firefox
> indicate a screen is not defined, and startx brings up a desktop in an
> invalid screen resolution.
> 12 hour install is not unusual by the time one spends teasing programs
> that need special configuration and interface (access to a printer
> though another computer for example) in a Windows workgroup network. 
> Try installing Irfanview with the proper desktop icon, for example. 
> Turns out one has to manually install the icon file and then reconfigure
> the launcher.  To get the Intel screen driver to work (at least in 11.3)
> it is necessary to install dhcp.conf, which was borrowed from a working
> system (after hours of configuration) and transfer the file from a
> terminal.  Could be the dhcp.conf file is not identified properly in
> 11.4, and that is what is wrong with the 11.4 installation.  A number of
> other special stunts are needed to get a SuSE Linux OS operating
> properly on the Dell computers here, and the stunts change with each new
> release.
> With the accolades presented on the OpenSuSE page for 11.4, I thought
> I'd see if some of the particularities would disappear, but....  It does
> seem to run faster when it is working.

IMHO,  the cpu crash or whatever interferes with the boot.   The
Xorg.0.log looks clean no problems, preferred res  1280x  whatever
right? 
Try booting with your installation DVD into Rescue Mode  
Then run fsck on all of your partitions.    
Reboot check for errors in  /var/log/messages, boot.msg,  dmesg and 
Xorg.0.log 

man fsck


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3/19/2011 6:36:01 PM
I am attempting to download an image of the 11.4 installation disk.  I
have upgraded via zypper from 11.3 and bypassed generating a DVD.  In
another post, the suggestion of correcting the screen resolution seems
to work "xrandr -s 1280x1024+0+0."  However it is not permanent, and
attempting to make it default in the Monitor management window of
Control Center yielded "Cannot set monitor to default setting."  That is
likely due to the fact that as far as the Monitor panel reports, there
is no monitor defined.  Is there a manual way to define a monitor?  
Doesn't the (installed by me) file dhcp.conf do that?
TIA


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3/20/2011 10:36:02 AM
On 2011-03-20 11:36, hbco2 wrote:

> is no monitor defined.  Is there a manual way to define a monitor?  
> Doesn't the (installed by me) file dhcp.conf do that?

No, that file is for automatically getting an IP from the dhcpd server in
your lan.

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Carlos
3/20/2011 1:50:06 PM
On 2011-03-19 05:36, hbco2 wrote:

> (3) Once operating, the system cannot update, either using zypper up or
> the Gnome GUI update manager.  Running zypper update from root yields:
> GLib-GIO:ERROR:gdbusconnection.c:2279:initable_init: assertion failed:

I think I saw an update related to that, don't remember for sure.

However, it is possible to update manually: you have to download the rpms
from the update repo (zypper at least works to the point of giving you the
list, so that's some thing).

So you manually download the updates with a browser, then install/upgrade
them with command line "rpm".

The patches come in three versions, if I remember correctly: full, delta,
and... patch? The later needs the original rpm to rebuild locally the rpm,
it is more intricate to install manually.

Then reboot (or verify "zypper ps"). Hopefully zypper will run now.

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Carlos
3/20/2011 1:50:07 PM
hbco2;2308628 Wrote: 
> I am attempting to download an image of the 11.4 installation disk.  I
> have upgraded via zypper from 11.3 and bypassed generating a DVD.  In
> another post, the suggestion of correcting the screen resolution seems
> to work "xrandr -s 1280x1024+0+0."  However it is not permanent, and
> attempting to make it default in the Monitor management window of
> Control Center yielded "Cannot set monitor to default setting."  That is
> likely due to the fact that as far as the Monitor panel reports, there
> is no monitor defined.  Is there a manual way to define a monitor?  
> Doesn't the (installed by me) file dhcp.conf do that?
> TIA
Pls  read this topic thread about setting the max resolution.  It
should answer some questions for you before you proceed.   After you
have read through the threads please provide more information about your
video card and monitor.    

'11.4 max resolution 1024x768 - how can I raise it?'
(http://tinyurl.com/4vt3sfu)


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3/20/2011 11:06:03 PM
Regarding boot freeze, have the same problem that is described in the
message "11.4 Boot Freeze."  I have to restart the system several times
to get past the CPU crash.  Unfortunately, the resolution of removing
redundant Linux versions won't apply here, as only one version (default)
is installed.

hbsv:/home/mcair # cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Mon Mar 21 00:52:06 PDT 2011
# THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader
# Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in
/etc/sysconfig/bootloader

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,2)/boot/message
##YaST - activate

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name:
linux###
title openSUSE 11.4 - 2.6.37.1-1.2
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.1-1.2-default
root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part3
resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part5 splash=silent
quiet showopts vga=0x303
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.37.1-1.2-default

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name:
failsafe###
title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.4 - 2.6.37.1-1.2
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.1-1.2-default
root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part3 showopts apm=off
noresume nosmp maxcpus=0 edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off
processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.37.1-1.2-default

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name:
windows###
title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name:
floppy###
title Floppy
rootnoverify (fd0)
chainloader +1

Secondly, regarding wrong resolution settings once a Linux OS is
booted.  I had hoped to redefine the resolution using xrandr -s
2048x1024+0+0, but receive the error "No Display Defined"  I tried a
variety of options, but xrandr responded with the same message.  After
repeated reboots, the 'display' is found, somehow, and
results in the following:

hbsv:/home/mcair # xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 1024, maximum 2048 x 2048
VGA1 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
0mm x 0mm
1280x1024      60.0*+
1400x1050      60.0  
1280x960       60.0  
1024x768       60.0  
800x600        60.3     56.2  
848x480        60.0  
640x480        59.9     59.9  

Are there any further insights into why the boot stalls with udev? Is
there a way to define a monitor?  These seem to be two separate issues.


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3/21/2011 9:36:02 AM
On 2011-03-21 10:36, hbco2 wrote:
> Are there any further insights into why the boot stalls with udev?

Have you managed to update?

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Carlos
3/21/2011 1:38:08 PM
No, pondered your suggestion to manually update, and don't have enough
information to establish a procedure.  Are you suggesting the use of an
ftp file manager to open the update repository and find several files
related to timezone, including a patch to the update (?), apply the
patch to the update (don't have any idea how), then manually perform the
update.  Don't know how to do that, either.  Maybe it is an rpm, that I
can install.  Frankly, can't see how the download process is somehow
affected by a timezone update.

I spent a good part of the weekend on this project, one effort was
attempting to download a 11.4 install image so that I can run fsck as
recommended in a previous response.  The most successful attempt
resulted in "File too large to store" or some similar error.  After
three attempts, was obligated to stop as have many other demands on
time.  Perhaps I can use a fsck from a 11.2 install disk.

Perhaps the suggestion of a new install was the wiser, or simply put up
with the broken system until more time is available.  Thank you for your
suggestions!


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3/21/2011 8:36:03 PM
Regarding dhcp.conf comment, my mistake.  The screen parameter file is
really /etc/X11/xorg.conf, not dhcp.conf as mistakenly identified.  Here
is an extract, which provides screen/adapter definition information. 

Section "Monitor"
DisplaySize  337 270
HorizSync    29-65
Identifier   "VGA1"
ModelName    "1280X1024@75HZ"
Option       "PreferredMode" "1280x1024"
VendorName   "--> VESA"
VertRefresh  50-60
UseModes     "Modes[0]"
EndSection

The Display Unit is a Westinghouse LCM-17v2 SL.  The computer is a Dell
3000 (Intel P4 processor, 512MB memory).  It is operated through a Rose
SPM-4UB KVM switch.


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3/21/2011 9:06:02 PM
Section "Device"
BoardName    "845 G"
Driver       "intel"
Identifier   "Device[0]"
Option       "monitor-VGA" "VGA1"
Screen       0
VendorName   "Intel"
EndSection


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3/21/2011 9:06:02 PM
On 2011-03-21 22:06, hbco2 wrote:

> The Display Unit is a Westinghouse LCM-17v2 SL.  The computer is a Dell
> 3000 (Intel P4 processor, 512MB memory).  It is operated through a Rose
> SPM-4UB KVM switch.

Bypass that switch, maybe it recognizes the monitor that way.

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Carlos
3/21/2011 9:33:07 PM
On 2011-03-21 21:36, hbco2 wrote:
> 
> No, pondered your suggestion to manually update, and don't have enough
> information to establish a procedure.  Are you suggesting the use of an
> ftp file manager to open the update repository and find several files
> related to timezone, including a patch to the update (?), apply the
> patch to the update (don't have any idea how), then manually perform the
> update.  Don't know how to do that, either.  Maybe it is an rpm, that I
> can install.  Frankly, can't see how the download process is somehow
> affected by a timezone update.

I don't know how many updates you have pending, I thought you would have
more than "timezone". But let's assume you wanted to update "timezone"
manually, as an example. And assume you have the 64 bit version.

You point a browser to:

> [URL="http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.4/rpm/x86_64/"]http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.4/rpm/x86_64/[/URL]

And see the available updates. There are two related to timezone:

Code:
--------------------
> [   ] timezone-2011b_2011c-1.2.1_0.3.1.x86_64.delta.rpm                              14-Mar-2011 01:20  180K   Details
> [   ] timezone-2011c-0.3.1.x86_64.rpm                                                14-Mar-2011 01:02  328K   Details
--------------------

The easiest to install (manually) is the second one. Click on it, or
download using wget, whatever. Get it. Run "rpm  --upgrade packagename",
done. I believe it is also possible to do:

Code:
--------------------
rpm  --upgrade
http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.4/rpm/x86_64/timezone-2011c-0.3.1.x86_64.rpm
--------------------

in one step, but without a local copy of the rpm.

In this case, both versions of the package have a similar size, on others
there is a 10 or 100 fold difference.

How can a delta rpm be installed? I don't remember, but I did it once with
the help of the man page. :-)

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Carlos
3/21/2011 9:33:08 PM
hbco2;2309194 Wrote: 
> Regarding boot freeze, have the same problem that is described in the
> message "11.4 Boot Freeze."  I have to restart the system several times
> to get past the CPU crash.  Unfortunately, the resolution of removing
> redundant Linux versions won't apply here, as only one version (default)
> is installed.
> > 
Code:
--------------------
  >   > 
  > hbsv:/home/mcair # cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
  > # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Mon Mar 21 00:52:06 PDT 2011
  > # THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader
  > # Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader
  > 
  > default 0
  > timeout 8
  > gfxmenu (hd0,2)/boot/message
  > ##YaST - activate
  > 
  > ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
  > title openSUSE 11.4 - 2.6.37.1-1.2
  > root (hd0,2)
  > kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.1-1.2-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part3 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts vga=0x303
  > initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.37.1-1.2-default
  > 
  > ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
  > title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.4 - 2.6.37.1-1.2
  > root (hd0,2)
  > kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.1-1.2-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part3 showopts apm=off noresume nosmp maxcpus=0 edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
  > initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.37.1-1.2-default
  > 
  > ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
  > title Windows
  > rootnoverify (hd0,0)
  > chainloader +1
  > 
  > ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: floppy###
  > title Floppy
  > rootnoverify (fd0)
  > chainloader +1
  > 
--------------------
> > 
> Secondly, regarding wrong resolution settings once a Linux OS is
> booted.  I had hoped to redefine the resolution using xrandr -s
> 2048x1024+0+0, but receive the error "No Display Defined"  I tried a
> variety of options, but xrandr responded with the same message.  After
> repeated reboots, the 'display' is found, somehow, and
> results in the following:
> 
> hbsv:/home/mcair # xrandr -q
> Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 1024, maximum 2048 x 2048
> VGA1 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y
> axis) 0mm x 0mm
> 1280x1024      60.0*+
> 1400x1050      60.0  
> 1280x960       60.0  
> 1024x768       60.0  
> 800x600        60.3     56.2  
> 848x480        60.0  
> 640x480        59.9     59.9  
> 
> Are there any further insights into why the boot stalls with udev? Is
> there a way to define a monitor?  These seem to be two separate
> issues.  
11.4  Freeze ?  I'm supposed to remember those details? 

Re:  boot issue could you post an fdisk -l   and /etc/fstab output?

Re: Screen.  Easy way.  roughly 
1  Shutdown PC, connect PC to DVI on monitor and boot.  
2  Add nomodset to grub command. 
3  When in suse use proprietary software of vga to generate clean
xorg.conf.  

Hard way 
1 Reboot 
2 As in 2 above 
3 use terminal to  run gtf 2048 1024 60   and generate a modeset line
for that resolution
4 update /etc/X11/xorg.conf by adding the modeset line from gtf to your
monitor section.  Yours will be different from 

ModeLine       "1680x1050_60.00" 147.14 1680 1784 1960 2240 1050
1051 1054 1087 -hsync +vsync
Option         "Preferred Mode" "1680x1050_60.00"


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3/22/2011 12:36:03 AM
bsv:/home/mcair # fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9726 cylinders, total 156250000 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x41ab2316

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1              63    58058972    29029455    7 
HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2       153244035   156248189     1502077+   5  Extended
/dev/sda3   *    58058973    96132960    19036994   83  Linux
/dev/sda4        96132961   153244034    28555537   83  Linux
/dev/sda5       153244098   156248189     1502046   82  Linux swap /
Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 2029 MB, 2029518848 bytes
17 heads, 32 sectors/track, 7286 cylinders, total 3963904 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1              32     3963903     1981936    6  FAT16

=================

/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part5 swap                
swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part3 /                   
ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part4 /home               
ext4       defaults              1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2JD6V6E-part1 /windows/C          
ntfs-3g    users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
/dev/sda1	     /mnt/SONYVAULT       auto       noauto,owner,kuzo     0
0
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults          
0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto            
0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto            
0 0
usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto            
0 0
devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5   
0 0


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3/22/2011 9:06:02 AM
Regarding nomodset and ModeLine, would an xorg.conf from SuSE 11.2
suffice?  The xorg.conf-11.2 file worked in 11.3 and it is installed in
/etc/X11 on this 11.4 system.  xorg.conf apparently defines the monitor
when it is recognized by the operating system, although recognition is
intermittent.  Intermittent in the sense that it takes several computer
on-off cycles/reboots to establish a working linux system.  As
mentioned, either CPU timeout dumps appear as text after a udev failure
(udev stalls), or the system comes up with an incorrect resolution set
for the screen.  Or the system boots normally (as it has and I am using
it at this time).
The xorg.conf file can be viewed at 'SUSE Paste'
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3/22/2011 9:06:02 AM
robin listas

I have tried to manually upgrate timezone.  I was able to find the
files (including the delta).  Unfortunately, I installed the timezone
update before applying the delta.  Apparently the delta should have been
applied first, as attempting to run the rpm after yielded an "already
installed" error.

At any rate, there must be something wrong with the file system, as
attempting other updates yielded the same problem.  Downloading a wine
update, for example, reached 98% before the B/s counter slowly decreased
from 300+ B/s to 0.  I skipped that update, but ran into several others
in the list of 38 updates.

I notice in fdisk-l the announcement "Partition table entries are not
in disk order."  I wonder if that might be the problem.


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3/22/2011 9:06:02 AM
On 2011-03-22 10:06, hbco2 wrote:
> 
> robin listas
> 
> I have tried to manually upgrate timezone.  I was able to find the
> files (including the delta).  Unfortunately, I installed the timezone
> update before applying the delta.  Apparently the delta should have been
> applied first, as attempting to run the rpm after yielded an "already
> installed" error.

I think you misunderstood. It is either the rpm from the update repo, or
the delta. One of them, not both.


> At any rate, there must be something wrong with the file system, as
> attempting other updates yielded the same problem.  Downloading a wine
> update, for example, reached 98% before the B/s counter slowly decreased
> from 300+ B/s to 0.  I skipped that update, but ran into several others
> in the list of 38 updates.

I don't know about that. I would try to manually apply all the updates I
could, just in case one of them helps. Anything related to udev, glib, etc.


> I notice in fdisk-l the announcement "Partition table entries are not
> in disk order."  I wonder if that might be the problem.

No, that doesn't matter at all.

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3/22/2011 1:33:06 PM
On 2011-03-22 10:06, hbco2 wrote:

> As
> mentioned, either CPU timeout dumps appear as text after a udev failure
> (udev stalls), or the system comes up with an incorrect resolution set
> for the screen.  Or the system boots normally (as it has and I am using
> it at this time).

Considering you are connecting your display via a switch, I would remove it
temporarily and try.

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3/22/2011 1:33:07 PM
hbco2;2309837 Wrote: 
> Regarding nomodset and ModeLine, would an xorg.conf from SuSE 11.2
> suffice?  The xorg.conf-11.2 file worked in 11.3 and it is installed in
> /etc/X11 on this 11.4 system.  xorg.conf apparently defines the monitor
> when it is recognized by the operating system, although recognition is
> intermittent.  Intermittent in the sense that it takes several computer
> on-off cycles/reboots to establish a working linux system.  As
> mentioned, either CPU timeout dumps appear as text after a udev failure
> (udev stalls), or the system comes up with an incorrect resolution set
> for the screen.  Or the system boots normally (as it has and I am using
> it at this time).
> The xorg.conf file can be viewed at 'SUSE Paste'
> (http://www.susepaste.org/88895509)  Yes if you're satisfied with resolution 1280x1024.   I thought you
wanted 2048x1024.  

Re: reboots: 
How did you partition your drive and install 11.4? 
I assume your /home is on a seaparte partititon to avoid formatting
and losing your data?  
IMHO, you're had a bad install for some reason and if you back up the
/etc  configuration files, you could reinstall 11.4.  Then you could
restore your /etc/X11/xorg.conf, /etc/hosts*,  etc.


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3/22/2011 4:36:02 PM
The drive was auto partitioned by the 11.3 installation program. 
Upgrade to 11.4 was accomplished online through zypper after redefining
repositories.  There shouldn't have been anything unusual about the
install, but fair warning to anyone wishing to use online upgrade.  11.3
was running fine.
Am still trying to tease zypper update, but it is still stalling in an
attempt to download packages.  It downloads some completely, but others,
such as a wine upgrade/reinstall file downloads to 98%, then the B/s
counter slowly fades to zero. 
Yes, a reinstall seems ever more likely. As mentioned, after all the
fussing, it will likely be a 12 hour project.
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3/22/2011 10:36:03 PM
Finally managed to get an install disk and rescue system operating. 
Attempting to run fsck -p /dev/sda yields "bad magic number in
superblock while trying to open /dev/sda"
fsck -p /dev/sda2  yields "short read... could this be a zero-length
partition?"
No luck here either....


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3/22/2011 11:36:01 PM
hbco2;2310313 Wrote: 
> The drive was auto partitioned by the 11.3 installation program. 
> Upgrade to 11.4 was accomplished online through zypper after redefining
> repositories.  There shouldn't have been anything unusual about the
> install, but fair warning to anyone wishing to use online upgrade.  11.3
> was running fine.
> Am still trying to tease zypper update, but it is still stalling in an
> attempt to download packages.  It downloads some completely, but others,
> such as a wine upgrade/reinstall file downloads to 98%, then the B/s
> counter slowly fades to zero. 
> Yes, a reinstall seems ever more likely. As mentioned, after all the
> fussing, it will likely be a 12 hour project.
> Thank you for your attention. That sounds okay.   Can I refresh your status?    Solved:
GLIB errors
Resolution size at 1280x1024 and you're using xorg.conf from 11.3.

Unsolved:
Still long intermittent boot
Can't use zypper or YaST to update

Re: boot 
In your /etc/fstab it looks like there's a Maxtor 80Gb containing
/dev/sda partitions 
and a /mnt/SONYVAULT  defined as  /dev/sda1.  Is the SONYVAULT now
/dev/sdb of 2Gb?   If true, then change the /etc/fstab to /dev/sdb1

Re: Zypper
Have you run 
Code:
--------------------
     su -c "shutdown -Fr now" 
--------------------
 since installing 11.4?
Can you run 

Code:
--------------------
    
  zypper lr  -pD 
  zypper verify
  su -c  "zypper clean"
  su -c  "zypper refresh" 
  
--------------------
 Please paste the output from zypper lr (you can use 'SUSE Paste'
(http://susepaste.org) or use html [foo] wrappers [foo] replacing the
word "foo" with the word "code".
I don't have to write it but man zypper anyway. 
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3/22/2011 11:36:01 PM
/dev/sda3 yields the Linux partition.  No bad blocks.  Upon completion,
fsck reported the system had been changed (something about groups). 
However, upon IPL, looks like nothing has changed.  On to a reinstall
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3/23/2011 12:06:01 AM
GLIB errors persist, workaround is after setting su root, to set su -
root at a terminal prompt.
Resolution size 1024X2048 has always worked, but intermittently.  For
some reason, may be only chance or perhaps from an upgrade, once past
the udev block, the system boots to the proper resolution. 
SONYVAULT is a removable flash drive and now removed from the system. 
A windows partition exists, linux is apparently in /dev/sda3.
Just ran su -c "shutdown -Fr now" and rebooted, noted file system
checks, no errors.

Results of your requests can be seen at 'SUSE Paste'
(http://img.susepaste.org/31855928).  The tests were run under su root
(as opposed to su root/su - root).


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3/23/2011 12:36:01 AM
Just for the record, 'SUSE Paste' (http://img.susepaste.org/51474453)
shows the current attempt of zypper update.


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