Recently, I’ve ditched my dependency on Windows XP and decided to switch to a Linux distro. I tried out Ubuntu first, and I must say, I was surprised at how quick and easy it was. Everything worked that I need to work, and I was happy. Then I realized I’m not a fan of GNOME and wanted to try something with KDE. I saw an article on OpenSUSE on Arstechnia and decided to give it a shot, and so far, I’m really unimpressed (probably due to my non-1337ness and having been using Windows since Win9x)
Sys Specs before I get on to my point. Intel Q6600, Nvidia GeForce 8800GT, 4GB of RAM, 320GB SATA hdd, 22" HannsG HG216D monitor.
I tried OpenSUSE 11.0 KDE 64bit, and was let down by how ungodly slow the live disk was running. I figured since it’s 64bit, it might take a little longer to work. Well, I guess KTorrent causes issues with specific system files from working, so that broke my OS instantly. Strike 1.
I re-install, get rid of KTorrent, no problems. My res was stuck in 800x600, I tried following what Nvidia’s site said, but I was still stuck in 800x600. I tried compiling the driver myself, but I failed at that because I don’t follow instructions properly or something. Strike 2 (mostly my fault).
Now, I have 11.1 KDE 64bit, I select the live option, and wait for a while for it to load. I’m thinking it’s going to work this time, but nope, strike 3 just occurred. Right as the GUI environment was about to load, my monitor says “out of range” and I’m shot into the command line. I figured maybe it was a fluke, so I type ‘startx’ in hopes that it’ll straighten itself out. It didn’t. I don’t understand how 11.0 loaded up the GUI, but 11.1 refuses to.
Somebody, please save me from this mess. I really want to make the switch, but OpenSUSE either hates me or nvidia. I’m going to go with the fact that it hates nvidia cards.