No worries …
I have to say this takes at most a few minutes, but that would be with an average user, and it could take SIGNIFICANTLY longer for a new user, who is still struggling with basics. … Actually, let me change that time assessment, … it may take 30 minutes or more for the software download if you have not updated any software as part of your install.
In essence what I would do (assuming that in Run Level 3 (the full screen ascii/text mode) that internet works) is boot to run level 3 by typing “3” (no quotes) at the grub/splash boot menu. That will place a ‘3’ (no quote) in the options line (with a space between it and the previous entry). Then boot the PC. It will take one to a full screen text display with a login prompt. Log in as a regular user with regular user password. Then type “su” (no quotes) to switch users to administrator/root (and enter root password).
Then very CAREFULLY enter the following to add the X11 / xorg software repository:
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/XOrg/openSUSE_11.2/ x11repos
note the difference between upper case and lower case and lower case and note the spaces (such as the one before the arbitrary name “x11repos” I made up).
That will add X11: / XOrg repository and call it “x11repos”.
Then type “yast” (no quotes) and navigate (using the tab, arrow and spacebar keys) to Software > Software Management and under there install the applications from the X11: / Xorg (ie x11repos) repository: Mesa, xorg-x11-driver-video, xorg-x11-driver-video-radeonhd, and xorg-x11-driver-input . Check the version numbers after you are done to ENSURE you update. You may get a message they are already installed, … if you do, then you likely made a mistake. Ensure you update them.
After they are installed, exit YaST. And then type:
zypper rr x11repos
… this is IMPORTANT ! You should not have that repos included 1 minute longer than needed after the updates are in place.
Its possible zypper will add many many other dependencies when this update is made. If so, go for a coffee or two while the update takes place.
After this is complete, reboot with:
shutdown -r now
and this time do NOT press “3”, and lets see how this works.