problems installing opensuse - display|USB wifi adapter|shrinking win partitions


after not really being happy with fedora and ubuntu I wanted to try opensuse. But I got 3 major problems:

-somehow yast thinks my display is bigger than it actually is - so I cannot see the lower end of the display. Swithing the resolution to 1280x1024 did not help. The only thing that helped was switching to text mode. That’s OK … but - maybe there is a better way? It’s quite uncool cause I first had to find out howto.

USB wifi adapter:
-I got a Realtek RTL8191SU which is not detected at all in yast. Any way to get that little adapter running during installation? fedora did the magic without asking … I would appreciate if yast could access the web through this adapter already when installing opensuse because it would help me not having to get a long wire … Is there any way to get that driver into the system? Unfortunately here: is no driver for the latest kernel …

shrinking win partitions:
-well … I got windows on my PC and I partitioned it the way I want it to be. Cannot see any reason why yast does not give me an option to just keep the sizes as they are? I mean - there is approximately 250GB empty space on the hdd. Does opensuse need the space within the first xGB? Basically my Win setup is as follows: Win C - 100GB in the beginning of the hdd (which yast wants to resize to about 80GB - which I don’t want to) and then there is empty space (approximately 250GB) where I want Linux to be installed. After that there is a logic drive with 3 partitions - yast wants to resize one of them because there seems to be some space ATM. That’s it. How to get yast not to resize my partitions?

I would appreciate answers to these questions to get the pc running …

Thanks in advance

So video problem might require knowing what video card??? Maybe something about the monitor used. What is the native resolution of the display???

That 250 GIG is where? ie none partitioned space??

Generally Windows will take up the whole drive with it’s partition(s) To install a second OS you must provide non-partitioned free space. The installer will use that or recommend the reduction any partition(s) that are using up all the space. In any case the openSUSE installer allows complete control (advanced/expert option) but you do have to follow basic partitioning rules that all OS’s must follow.

WIFI The drivers are provided by the manufacturer so it is not a “Linux” problem I’d make sure that you have the kernel-firmware installed. It should have the latest proprietary firmware but if the maker does not provide the stuff it can not be included. Maybe only deal with manufacturers that support Linux.


thanks for the reply.

I solved this - don’t remember exactly what the option was but there was one option that enables me to see everything.

sorry - forgot to mention: yes - the space is unpartitioned. As I said - and a bit more in detail (even I am not using Linux - I am able to partition a hdd - plus: “Windows is using all space” is not true - Windows does ask in the installation process about partitioning - the same way linux distributions do - the user has the choice to use whatever space he likes):

primary partition: Win C - 100GB
unpartitioned space (approximately 250GB)
extended partition with 3 further Win partitions

I guess if I don’t like opensuses resizing of my win partitions I gotta partition the hdd myself. The only thing is that I am a noob concerning this. I got 16GB RAM - any suggestions how to partition the space? It would be great if Linux would only take 1 further primary partition because this would enable me to install another Windows if necessary. Do I need to format the partitions also before installation? Which format? Would I rather put Lunix in the extended partition with the later win partitions or only have 1 primary linux partition?
I still don’t see any reason why yast suggests to decrease the size of my windows partition while there are 250GB unpartitioned space.

well … I know that is not lunix fault but this USB wifi connector was less than 20 bugs and works for more than 2 years now - I don’t think the linux compatible hardware could hit that price. Saying that is mean - I know … on the other hand: how come fedora could do it out of the box (not sure about that but I think ubuntu did as well)? Tried playing around with adding another network adapter a bit but it did not help unfortunatly … Probably I gotta get the cable first …


It won’t do a thing unless you let it. You have the option to stop the install and edit the recommendations to your licking.

I was speaking of pre install Windows you of course tell Windows where and how much disk to use

You need 3 partitions but you have two already in use the Windows main and the extended. in legacy partitioning you can only have 4 primary partitions. So yes something must be adjusted.

Well it is not the price of the item it is the support given. Some manufactures are better then others. Did you install the kernel-firware?? note that this is proprietary stuff and if you may note the name of the distro is opneSUSE. It ships with only open source programs you must add the proprietary stuff. In any case you need to connect and do the full update since the actual 13.2 code on any DVD is about a year old now. Lots has changed