Yes, I did an expert install both times and now I am in belief that that was the problem.
Here is my fstab:
brian@Inspiron:~> cat /etc/fstab
/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1600BEVS-_WD-WXE307H32559-part7 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1600BEVS-_WD-WXE307H32559-part9 swap swap defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 00
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 00
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 00
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 00
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 00
here is my fdisk -l
brian@Inspiron:~> sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x7a695750
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 9896 79488000 7 HPFS/NTFS < Windows Vista
/dev/sda2 9897 19457 76798732+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 9897 13812 31455238+ 83 Linux < Ubuntu Hardy
/dev/sda6 13813 16511 21679686 83 Linux < OpenSUSE 11 Gnome
/dev/sda7 16512 19188 21501952 83 Linux < OpenSUSE 11 KDE4 (running)
/dev/sda8 19189 19196 64228+ 83 Linux < Grub boot partition
/dev/sda9 19197 19457 2096451 82 Linux swap / Solaris
It isn’t that my partitions aren’t automounted, it’s that I can’t go to dolphin, nautilus, thunar, pcmanfm, Desktop>shortcut>device, etc to be able to mount a partition. They seem to be missing unless I go to the command line and mount them individually.
I have been very used to Ubuntu that has this feature of auto-detected partitions(and via GUI apps), does OpenSUSE not have that?
Also, I plug in an external hard drive through eSATA that holds my music. eSATA makes it appear as though it is an internal drive. However, it also does not appear anywhere unless I mount it through command line.
However, when I insert a usb drive, it pops up with a window asking me what I want to do (ie mount it)
Edit**: When I go to sysinfo:/ in Konqueror, it shows the drives, but when I click on them nothing happens and when I right-click on them, there is no option to mount them.