USB Boot of 11.1 fails finding /etc/fstab

The title pretty much says it all. I’m trying to install openSUSE 11.1 on my Dell Mini 9, which lacks an optical drive. I’ve tried multiple USB sticks, each time with the same results. Every time I try, the startup script can’t find /etc/fstab, and crashes. It seems to be trying to mount /dev/sdb, which i have no idea what it is in the context. Any help would be great, as I’m close to tears trying to figure this thing out.

Just to add, I’ve tried every method i could find, including UNetBootn and the method on the opensuse wiki.