Finally, heeding Carlos advise to be patient and after actually READING the awesome guides provided here by our awesome contributors, I actually did succeed in getting a 11.4 / win7 dual boot up and running.
I used caf’s guide and posts discussing Partition Magic, etc., One Click Multi-Media Install & posts, and of course following proper repository set ups as suggested for newbies such as myself. All updates provided are complete as well.
I must say, the ONLY reason I have win7 is for internet tv using Windows Media Center and the wireless set up for the Intel Wireless Display option, which is nice for doing group training sessions having to show my desktop / presentation, etc. HOWEVER, I absolutely do not like win7. It is terribly slow at boot up compared to 11.4, and I have gotten accustomed to the speed and efficiency, stability, and sheer awesomeness of openSUSE and Gnome over the last year or so.
I must thank all the devs, and contributors here on this forum for such a great experience. I had to reload win7 which took 5 hours, and only all of about 40 minutes to get 11.4 up and running with all updates. 11.4 is very fast for me,btw.
I only have a few problems of which I will address in appropriate threads. But a summary right now would be as follows:
full screen video for youtube
gnome 3 preview, at attempt to log in, then takes me back to log in again, and again, etc. So I uninstalled it for the moment. (I liked the empathy integration, but LOVED the previous layout of the gnome shell that came with 11.3, so I am a little disappointed in the current incarnation of gnome shell). Is there a way to get the version back that came with 11.3, but then with the empathy integration that is in the current version? (I am probably way over my head asking that question. lol)
I am not able to get my webcam working for google talk. sound and microphone working, but not the camera. I read in a post that perhaps need to get a 32 bit version of GTalk, or something.
Lastly, I am not covinced yet I have the right configuration for my video card / driver. It all seems fine, but the fonts are weird at times or cut off, very little flickering here and there.
and a halt beep or buzz at shut down.
Things I have not yet tried are skype, again, I read that the 32 bit may be the way to get there too, and I have not tested out multi-media other than just youtube vids.
I realize this post should have gone under chit chat, and I appologize. If anyone has any tips on the above supposed issues, please feel free to PM me, or reply to an appropriate thread I will post for each individual issue tomorrow sometime.
In closing, finally…I LOVE openSUSE, 11.4 seems to be running fantastic for me so far, and I am certain the above issues are only my lack of understanding. I look forward to learning from all of you either directly or from your contributions you have made in previous posts.
One final comment, my wireless worked straight away! I see some people having problems with 11.4 and I did not have any issues on that.
Thank you all!