I downloaded the latest version of opensuse 11.1 (Live GNOME CD) and burnt it to a CD. Then I set up my Desktop (Pentium 4, 2 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD(Samsung), intel 845 Motherboard with onboard graphics, Monitor: LG E700SH - a bit older h/w but nevertheless works fine) to boot from the live CD.
It shows GRUB options properly, but when I select Live CD GNOME, it runs till the step “Creating X configuration …” and then the monitor starts to blink. It displays vertical and horizontal coloured lines while blinking. (It seems to me that it tries to detect the monitor/display hardware by setting various options. Just a guess.) I waited for 15-20 mins, but it never stops blinking. I tried various modes like VESA, 800x600, Failsafe Setting, even Text Mode, but in all cases, it stops at the same point.
On the contrary, on the same machine I have OpenSuse 11.0 installed from Live CD (KDE) without any issues. I was able to boot properly from the opensuse 11.0 Live CD. It detected all the hardware properly and I am still using it. I wanted to try out the GNOME version so I downloaded the latest CD image with an intention to install it on my desktop. But since the Live CD itself doesnt boot, it am helpless. It looks like in the new version of OpenSuse, the X configuration doesnt work properly for my hardware?
BTW, I did a media check and it passed (MD5 checksum shows properly).
Please dont ask to to download DVD image as I have limited bandwidth internet connection.
It took 2 days to download the CD image.