Apologies to all non-French speakers, but my struggles with openSuse 11.0 installation continue. I installed it onto a standard PC with a 1 TB hard drive with a single partition containing Microsoft Windows XP Professional. I accepted the default partitioning the install recommended and created a single user named barney. The install seemed to go fine but when I came to use the system at random intervals my keyboard suddenly died. I know there is not a physical fault with the keyboard as it works fine when I log in as root. It is connected to the PC through a KVM switch and also works fine on 2 other PCs running Windows NT4 and 98 on these other machines connected to the same KVM switch. I have to maintain some legacy Windows applications on these machines, but otherwise am trying to switch totally to Linux for reasons of speed, security and stability.
Rebooting as user barney after keyboard death did not revive it. The only practically useful advice I was given on these forums was to log in as root and create a new user. So barney1 was created and for a couple of days this worked fine until random interval keyboard death. Next barney2 was created and now I am up to barney6 after barney5 lasted a whole two weeks! In all this time I have only been using Firefox for Internet browsing, Okular for pdf viewing, and OpenOffice for new file and presentation creation. I have never tried to edit any of the configuration files.
The other advice here has been to check my xorg.config file, whose contents I have posted leading to conflicting opinions as to whether or not it needs editing. As a relative newcomer to Linux, I am trying to learn how to use it productively. I live in Buckinghamshire, UK, about 25 miles NW of London. My local Linux Users Group has a website that has not been modified since 2005 and does not seem to hold meetings any more.
Can anyone suggest how I could persuade an openSuse 11.0 guru to look at my system in person so that I could get a stable installation up and running? Otherwise who knows, I may have to return to the Windoze fold…
My e-mail address is <firstname.lastname@example.org>.