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Work arounds for the mysterious openSuse 10.2 lock-up on Dell

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Since I installed openSuse 10.2, I’ve had an extremely annoying problem. The problem was that mostly when I started my machine, the booting process would jam at the place where it says “Activating Device Mappings” or “Loading Kernel Modules”.

I’ve asked about this twice on the opensuse official forums, they are aware of this, but they say the occurence is so rare that it never got investigated! Sometimes it used to happen that openSuse 10.2 would keep continually hanging at the boot process, that I would simply restart into Windows.

However since I removed Windows from my laptop, it was imperative for me to find a solution, and I have! Big Grin

There are three primary work arounds to avoid the mysterious lockups:

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