Sound and diplay problems

I’m a newbie to Linux entirely, running a Dell Inspirion 8100. I just installed openSUSE, but the display uses only about half of my monitor, making it kind of a pain to use. I’ve run it through the display and monitor settings a few times, to no avail. I’m told that the highest resolution that I can use is 800x600, which I know to be very false.

Also, my sound card, a ESS maestro-3 that came with my computer, isn’t responding. When I run it through Yast, I’m told that it cannot be configured to my system because the kernel module cannot be loaded.

Thanks.

for your resolution I think that you have to install the driver also do a full update that might fix your sound problem

I think you need to install alsa-firmware for the ESS maestro-3 to work. There is general guidance here:
SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

Note after installing alsa-firmware, it is quickest to reboot your pc to unload and reload the alsa modules.

Thanks, that got my sound working perfectly. How exactly do I get the run program to install drivers?

Huh?

You want to do what now?

Some openSUSE linux basic concepts:
Concepts - openSUSE