I'm new and have questions

Hello Everyone,

I just downloaded and burned openSuse gnome 64 live cd and it booted and all that I have figured out to check has worked with out any configuring on my part other than I had to enter my password for wireless router(seriously, you couldn’t handle that for me too?). The only problem so far is I can’t enable desktop effects. It says that my current hardware config doesn’t support it. Is this a default on the live cd? Will I be able to do it if I install?

Computer is a HP dv71135nr/ amd turion x2 du cor mob rm70 4g ram

Anyone know if this default on live cd or any other ideas.

This is my very first linux try, so be gentle man.


Welcome to the openSUSE forum.

The fact that your experience was good with the live cd - it’s likely all will go reasonably well with the install. I should say, the DVD would be my preferred method of install.

Graphics and Wireless are probably the 2 most contentious issues with most Linux Distro’s. You can check the HCL for hardware compatibility:
Hardware - openSUSE
The list is not comprehensive as it requires users to fill it in.

Or post your device info here and we will see what advice we can offer. Enjoy;)

Hi welcome to forum.
Problem could be your grahic card.
Post your question in the hardware section to be properly addressed.
State your graphic card type or specification and maybe one of the members can give you an advise.

Welcome to the openSUSE forums.

There are three parts to making desktop effects work.

  1. Your graphics card
  2. The appropriate graphics card driver
  3. The appropriate software for effects

The live cd does not include #2 for Ati or Nvidia graphics cards.

Will you be able to get desktop effects when you install? Yes, you should be able to but they will not happen automatically. Be advised there are two main programs that provide desktop effects (these types of programs are called “compositing window managers”). One is “Compiz” the other is “KWin”. If you continue to use GNOME, Compiz is the most common choice. Conversely under KDE, KWin is the most common choice. You can only use one at a time, but if you have both installed you can freely switch between them - I’m not sure why you would do that, but like most things in Linux you have the capability to do so.

One forum user here has reported that KWin works better than Compiz for the particular graphics hardware you two both have. That was in early February. The post also has a link to a tutorial that helped that particular person install the drivers they wanted. You don’t have to do it like them, but you can. Again - often you have options in Linux, including how to solve problems.

For future reference, it appears your computer has an “ATI HD 3200” graphics card. If you have graphics issues in the future, you should mention the manufacturer and model number. Knowing the manufacturer and model of your graphics chip is often very important in solving issues with graphics or video. It’s one of those ‘help me so that I can help you’ pieces of information. Lastly, “X2” means “dual core” for AMD processors. That might save you some typing down the road.

Good luck and don’t be afriad to ask for more help :slight_smile:

Hey thanks alot everyone,

I’m probably going to install as soon as I get a carrier for my second hd. This runs fast even from cd.

ReferenceSeete, I’m not sure where to find the manufac and model # info.
Could you describe please?

Thanks again,

Probably just google it and
HP - Pavilion Laptop with AMD Turion™ X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-70 - Bronze/Chrome - dv7-1135nr

it quotes in spec
ATI RADEON HD 3200 graphics RS780M

Prior to installing, don’t forget to check out our new users guide:
NEWBIES - Suse-11.1 Pre-installation – PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums

Da ,

I knew it was ati and thought I put it in my first post with other info. Thought maybe was asking about something more.
Sorry bout dat.

I just seen from the forum header “PLEASE do not post for help here”. I’ll try the info you guys gave and tinker around a bit after I install see if I can figure it out. If not I’ll post in hardware.

Again thanks all

caf4926 is right, I used a search engine to find out what graphics chip your computer had. But that information (complete or partial) is typically availble in a number of places. The box the machine came in probably lists it under an entry named “GPU” (aka ‘Graphics Processing Unit’) or simply “graphics”. Your operating system can also tell you in an area typically called “System Info”, “Hardware Info” or “Computer Info”. Finally, many computers are labelled with a sticker identifying the gpu manufacturer. That sticker may say “ATI Radeon Graphics” or “Graphics by Nvidia”.

It was very helpful that you provided the model number of the whole machine - otherwise it would have been difficult or impossible to determine what graphics chip you had without further questions. For a number of manufacturers, 1 or 2 characters makes the difference between a variety of models. For example, the HP dv7-1100 series includes almost 200 models. Had you left off the “nr” at the end of the computer model, I’d have to choose between 3 different computers named “HP dv7-1135” - one of which carries a graphics card by a different company.

I don’t say all of this to make Linux help sound daunting (most problems are solvable and asking questions is good!). I just want you see why the information is helpful to folks…who want to help :). Don’t worry though, if you ask a question and helpers need more information - they’ll be sure to ask you for it, and often they’ll include instructions on how to find it. And if they don’t…ask :wink:

Good luck with openSUSE, I hope you enjoy it and the forums.