I am about to eat a large slice of humble pie after my last thread about receiving SuSE Linux 8.1 for Christmas.
Having had no luck installing onto my laptop I decided to have one more go and put it onto my main machine. I had previously had a lot of trouble with SuSE Linux 8 and was never able to connect to the internet due to it not being able to configure my BT ISDN card. With Taran's kind help I was able to uninstall it and get back to XP.
With heart in mouth and all data saved to CD I put the installation disk in the drive and rebooted. Linux installed quickly and relatively easily. I configured the ISDN card and tried the 'net. Nothing! Tried all sorts, still nothing. By this time I was beginning to sweat a bit! As a last resort I elected to try CAPI drivers instead of the recommended ones. All sorts of dire warnings appeared but with nothing to lose I ignored them and went ahead.
I connected to the BT servers first time, with Linux coming up with the lovely sentence "We are connected" in the script. The royal "We" I assume!
So there we are. Despite my earlier gloom, Linux does work. Now I've got to try to learn how to use it.
To anyone else thinking of installing it may I give one tip. Make sure you know exactly what components are in your computer and watch the installation routine like a hawk. While Linux will successfully identify most of your hardware be especially careful of your graphics card and monitor settings - make sure they are right.
As to the laptop, the story will continue.....