Where's ma Windows?: A story about a newbie lost in Linux

So here’s the deal-doh. I recently got a new banging whiz laptop and decided to wait to get windows. As a result, OpenSUSE found it’s way to my new laptop. When the OS finally booted up I was almost immediately lost. I finally managed to find Firefox (sarcasm) and decided to try and download Java and Flash. Everything went ok until it finished downloading. Then the archive manager pulled up and I had no idea what to do. Short story long: I have no idea what I’m doing, and I have issues.

Without further do, can someone help me;

-Figure out how downloading programs (Tar’s, RPMs, through Terminal, through the Web) works
-Figure out how to get audio out of my speakers and out of my card
-Figure out how to download drivers for my system
-Figure out how to get HDMI to work

**System Specs: Sager (Clevo) P670SA
-i7 4720HQ
-Nvidia 965M

-(0) Lynx Point High Def Audio Controller
-(1) Haswell High Def Audio Controller

-Linux 3.16.7-7
openSUSE 13.2 “Harlequin”
XFCE Desktop Enviro.

P.S: I have tried reading the instructions but it doesn’t click with me. I’ve also tried to fix my audio and driver issues with no luck. I’d like to learn about it as I’ve always wanted to try Linux, and finally I have the chance. Also this thread can be found on the laptop section as-well because I didn’t know which place was more appropriate.******


It is nice that you are so exited about openSUSE. But please, somewhere inside your post are, more or less hidden, a few questions.

It is much better to start a separate thread for each question/problem. Each in the (sub)forum that fits them best. And each with a good telling title that will draw he attention of the people you need help from.

And then, inside such a post, please provide as much information as possible about what you have (like openSUSE version, desktop used, versions of software), what you did (preferable copied/pasted computer text), what you got (well that can be copied/pasted in the same sweep) and what your problem with it is.

Oh yes, when you want to talk about your experience in general (no specific technical question), we have a General Chitchat forum.

An early stab at a few noticed things…

The laptop specs look really nice, but you left out installed RAM.
If your system isn’t challenged relative to what you want to do (or at at least for a couple weeks or so), ie >4GB RAM without trying to do something <really> intensive like running multiple virtual machines, heavy encoding, etc. I’d recommend you re-install with the KDE Desktop instead of XFCE at first. KDE is very heavy on what many people consider extras, but they might be helpful at first. If KDE isn’t what you you want long-term, you can either re-install or install the XFCE Desktop side by side with KDE to ease your transition to the other Desktop when you feel like it.

With KDE installed, you’ll find it easier to setup displays like HDMI. I use LXDE instead of XFCE as my lightweight Desktop and they have a lot of similarities, so I’m very aware of the extra effort to get things like HDMI (and other displays) connected if you’re new.

The KDE menu is much better than the lightweight Desktops, which may or may not create menu items to easily find and launch apps. Yes, if you’re running something like XFCE it’s more important than usual to know how apps are installed, how to find them (yeah!) and how to launch. All intermediate stuff a beginner has to learn. So, install and run KDE which is more complete supporting apps until you get to the next level.

Audio settings like about 90% of everything system-related can be found in YAST. YAST is the unique openSUSE tool that can do most of what you’re asking about, so spend some time exploring this tool. Although there are command line alternatives that might allow you to find and do things more efficiently you don’t have to know those special commands to do what you want <now> as a beginner by using YAST to do things like configure your audio and other I/O devices, install/uninstall/find software, configure your system. You’ll find YAST can do practically everything the Windows Control Panel does plus a lot more.

And, another plug for KDE… It has its own applets and routines that enhance what is “linux basic” so may solve your audio problems more easily like your video output issues.

Drivers today on a modern Linux system are largely distributed as part of the mainline kernel so unless you run into a somewhat unusual problem you won’t have to deal with driver and firmware issues (whew! - It’s still a headache but less often than 3 yrs ago).

As hcvv suggests,
Post specific problems and/or search the Forum specific to your issue.
So, for instance for your audio problems read the stickies in the Multimedia forum which contain some basic steps for common problems, then search for anything specific to the audio hardware (yes, in Linux you need to get the specific technical hardware and versions, not common names) and then if you still have problems,
Post with details. Describing what you tried. Describing your results.


This is one of a double post… Please do NOT double post.

Also ask only one thing per thread as several people here ask you.

This one (and the other one) are CLOSED. Awaiting for new better place/formulated threads.