Bug #4433


Green screen on startup, but nothing else

Added by Brandon Warhurst almost 9 years ago. Updated about 8 years ago.

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I was trying to install OpenIndiana onto a an old Shuttle SS51G with
2GB of ddr. It has a Celeron 1.7 GHz. I know this system is ancient at
this point. I think I bought it in 2006 or 2007. At an rate, OpenIndiana
gets past the first two questions about keyboard and language. If I use
the normal boot option, it starts to move to graphics mode, then flashes
the watch/pointer several times before settling on a Green background
with just the pointer. I can move the pointer around, but nothing else
happens. If I use the text install, it appears to install, although I appear
to not be able to get the disk working due to it being a 3TB disk and a
32-bit OS (I don't know if there is a solution for that, but I haven't found it).
At any rate, the graphical install just never completes. I know the setup is
likely old, and I suspect this kind of a bug won't get much attention (and
that's fine, I understand if the 32-bit stuff is getting crusty), but it DOES
say to report any issues with not being able to use the graphical setup.

I wanted to use the svcs -xv, but it doesn't appear that I can use any of these things.
There doesn't seem to be any kind of report. At any rate, I logged in with the default,
but at this point, I don't know where else to go for the install, because I don't know what
else needs to finish, or what else needs to be done. As I said, it does say to report when
this occurs.

Actions #1

Updated by Brandon Warhurst almost 9 years ago

I forgot to mention that it was the latest 151a8 install that this was occurring on. It has been a long time since I've used a Solaris command line, so if there is something I can do or a log I can look at that would help, let me know. I checked for X logs and anything in the system.log, but I didn't find anything there.

Actions #2

Updated by Jason Matthews over 8 years ago

I see the same behavior on a new Dell r720.

Actions #3

Updated by Garrett D'Amore over 8 years ago

  • Project changed from illumos gate to OpenIndiana Distribution

This is a problem with openindiana, rather than underlying illumos.

You might have some look switching to another non-graphical install to see what is happening, perhaps enabling SSH. The OI folks may have more advice.

Actions #4

Updated by Ken Mays about 8 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Closed
  • Assignee set to Ken Mays
  • % Done changed from 0 to 100


1. Use VESA driver during bootup.
2. Disable splash screens in GRUB and when booting X.

Optional: use X -configure to test and setup your Xserver environment


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