A new problem needs a new thread.
Following the latest installation ( see this Partitioning of a (new) Windows 7 HD), a new problem arose after the install completed.
Environment: Gateway NV, i5-430, 4GB, 500GB HD (partitioned), Intel GMA
sda1,2,3 : the normal Windows 7 stuff
sda4: extended, containing openSUSE (sda5 (swap), sda6( / ) and sda7 (/home)
followed by about 115 GB empty.
11.3 x64 fails to boot in normal mode, yielding a black screen. Addition of acpi=off will allow boot to complete successfully ~10% of the time. However, the Intel GMA is not recognized. Research found this Graphics Card Driver for GMA HD Please, but, frankly, this is beyond me.
Failsafe boot completes successfully. However, in every case, the repos are “locked” by /usr/sbin/packagekitd, and never release. (By never, I waited up to 30 minutes).
Needless to say, this is a bit of a problem. However, there is a bright side: the liveCD (Gnome) boots, recognizes the Intel GMA, and works wonderfully. This begs the question: might the DVD install, which experienced some wrinkles during its two (2) attempts, have a problem that the liveCD does not have ?
In absence of any alternatives, I plan to restore the HD to original condition (as shipped), re-partition from the liveCD, and re-install. Any comments on any and all of the above remarks are appreciated.
BTW: I am writing this from the liveCD with Firefox. The sound card and wireless are recognized, but not configured in the liveCD environment.
PS: I have not had this much fun (seriously) in a few months! rotfl!