Skip to main content

openSUSE 10.3 live CD video workaround

I had been running Ubuntu 7.10 since it came out in October 2007, but when Ubuntu 8.04 came out a few days ago I decided to see how the openSUSE distribution had progressed since I last checked it in version 10.1. I downloaded the 10.3 live CD via Bittorrent and burned the ISO to disc.

When I tried to boot to the CD, I was chose openSUSE 10.3 from the menu. What I got was a black screen with a large colored block that seemed to be my cursor. I rebooted from the CD, changed the video mode, and tried again; same thing. I broke out the ol' command line with Ctrl + Alt + F1 and tried some things there, but had no luck. I couldn't even get the live CD to run to see if I wanted to install it.

Fortunately, I found the Techzone blog post OpenSUSE LiveCD results in blank Screen which described how to get around this video problem:
  1. at the menu, select openSUSE 10.3
  2. under boot options, type "3", and press Enter
  3. at the login prompt, type "root" as the username, and press Enter
  4. type the command "sax2-vesa", and press Enter
  5. you'll get a dialog box asking if the video configuration is acceptable
  6. you'll be returned to the console, where you should type "init 5" to boot into the now-functional GUI.
Now I'll just have to see how openSUSE 10.3 compares to Ubuntu 8.04 on my old HP Compaq NX6125 notebook.


Popular posts from this blog

The difference between burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas

I love Mexican food, but I'm embarrassed to admit that I always get confused between burritos, wet burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas. Here are the descriptions, with the differences in bold and pictures following each description.

A flour tortilla wrapped around a filling (meat, beans, vegetables, etc)

wet burrito
A burrito that's covered in red chili sauce and cheese. Because of the sauce covering, it looks like an enchilada, but it's made with a flour tortilla, whereas the enchilada is made with a corn tortilla.

A burrito that's deep-fried. Sometimes covered with cheese or another topping.

A corn tortilla wrapped around a filling, covered with chili pepper sauce

Wikipedia: BurritoWikipedia: ChimichangaWikipedia: Enchilada

Edit scanned documents with Word 2007

Office 2007 includes support for converting scanned documents to editable text using OCR (optical character recognition). To get your text from a paper document to Word 2007:
In the Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.Find Microsoft Office, click it, and click Change.In the Office Installation Options window, expand Office Tools, click Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and select Run from My Computer from the dropdown.Click Continue or Next until you reach the end.You can now scan documents and convert the scanned images to editable text:
From the Start Menu, find Microsoft Office, then select Microsoft Office Tools, then click Microsoft Office Document Scanning.Choose your preset and options, then click Scan.The scanned image should open in Microsoft Office Document Imaging. To perform OCR and open the editable text in Word, click Tools, Send Text to Word.You can now edit and save the scanned document as a Word document.

My LASIK laser eye surgery experience

Yesterday was a turning point in my life; I had laser eye surgery (LASIK)! Here's a brief summary of my experience.

When I was 16, I barely passed the eye exam at the DMV, so they told me I had to see my eye doctor. Being a self-conscious geek, I opted for contacts over the stereotypical glasses. Although they were fine for most of the day, my contacts always dried out around 8 or 9 PM. My friends will tell you they got sick of my complaints that "my eyes feel like corks!" and "these contacts feel like sandpaper!"

Over the years, I've tried more than 10 different types of contacts, including extended wear, overnight wear, and high-moisture contacts. For a while, I even had contacts with bright blue artificial irises to cover my natural grayish ones. I got a lot of compliments, but they didn't help with the dryness.

I decided to put an end to the suffering this year. LASIK isn't cheap; reputable surgeons charge about $2000 per eye. It hurt to max out my…