Need help with update!

I installed a fresh KDE4.1 (11.1) and I am trying to update my system.

I used:

sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper lu
sudo zypper up

It loads a bunch of stuff but whenever it gets to kernel-default-base- it freezes.

If I restart the computer I get an error 15, and last time I had to reinstall SUSE to get rid of it. When I close out of the terminal and reopen a new terminal and try sudo zypper up again I get an error message like

System management is locked by the application with pid 4371 (/usr/bin/zypper).

Then I kill using

sudo kill 4371

and try to redo the update. When I do that I get this:

The following packages are going to be REMOVED:
  kernel-default-base libpulsecore4

Overall download size: 152.0 M. After the operation, 11.2 M will be freed.
Continue? [YES/no]: yes
Removing kernel-default-base- [0%]

but it wont go any further. It freezes there and then I have to start the whole proccess over again. I don’t want to reboot because I think it partially installed the kernel-default-base and I really don’t feel like fighting with another install. Are there any suggestions that anyone can give? I can’t seem to find anything online about this.


I should note that I can reboot the computer now, but I still cant get the updates to work.

I should also note that it really took me forever to install KDE. I had to reboot several times and restart the install because it would freeze up on random parts. Loading disk drives, poking linux partitions, and a few more I can’t remember off the top of my head kept freezing during the install. Could hardware issues be the problem? I’ll let you know my specs. if you need them. I really want to use SUSE, but it seems to be more of a hassle than anything else.

do rpmdb --rebuilddb and see if that helps

Thanks for the reply. What exactly will that do though? I assume it will rebuild the database files? But will that mean I will need to re-update again? I like to find out what something actually does before I enter it in. Thanks for your help.