Metrax it has been suggested that perhaps there is an issue for you with the 2.6.34 kernel version that comes with openSUSE 11.3. I have in fact upgraded to kernel 220.127.116.11, and it is working very well. It is easy to upgrade your kernel, but I don’t think you can switch to ACHI mode from IDE and still have a working system. It might be worth a try though, even to retest in the IDE mode. Look at my thread on the kernel compile and install instructions.
S.A.K.C - SuSE Automated Kernel Compiler
You may also want to know how to maintain more than one kernel version, which allows you to drop back from a kernel that is not working for you:
Yes, it is possible to keep both your old and new kernels. You need to change how YaST Software Management works with kernel updates, to allow you to maintain both the old kernel and the newer kernel.
edit the file /etc/zypp/zypp.conf to say:
## Packages which can be installed in different versions at the same time.
## Packages are selected either by name, or by provides. In the later case
## the string must start with "provides:" immediately followed by the capability.
## kernel - just packages whith name 'kernel'
## provides:multiversion(kernel) - all packages providing 'multiversion(kernel)'
## (kenel and kmp packages should do this)
## Valid values:
## Comma separated list of packages.
## Default value:
# multiversion = provides:multiversion(kernel)
**multiversion = kernel-desktop**
If you use KDE, you can use the menu Run Command:
kdesu kwrite /etc/zypp/zypp.conf
The file zypp.conf has a whole lot more in it than the small portion shown above. You are adding only the line shown in bold (and it will not be in bold in your file after being added. So be careful not to mess anything else up. caf 4926, posted a page from Software Management showing how to then select the added kernel, though this is from the newer openSUSE 11.4, in beta testing right now.
After making the change, restart your computer and then do the following after you are logged back into openSUSE:
menu / System / YaST & Enter Root User Password, then in YaST Select:
Software Management / View (top Left) / Package Groups / Multiversion Packages
There will be a listing for your loaded kernel. Now select the Versions Tab. Notice on the versions tab that instead of having a Bullet to select, where only one bullet can be active, you now have check blocks and more than one check can be selected.
Now when you select more than one kernel to be loaded, each installed kernel will have two (or more) entries made in your grub, menu.lst file. Thus allowing you to select both the old and new kernel loads. If you install a new kernel and normally install a binary video driver, the hard way, you must reinstall the video driver for each new kernel that you install.
I hope that some of this information might prove helpful to you. Consider that you might just need to stick with openSUSE 11.2 until version 11.4 comes out next year.