Hello again jefro,
The machine that won't display the Suse 12.1 desktop is my desktop machine. However, I acquired a laptop at Christmas and had thought of making it a dual boot machine, but before I could do anything about it the hard disc crashed and the laptop had to be returned to the supplier.
I have now got it back and, hopefully, it will last for more than a couple of days before crashing. The machine is a Toshiba Satellite Pro 2500K with 4GB RAM, a 500 GB hard disc and an Intel Core i3 2310M CPU running at 2.1 GHz.
I was proposing to use Gparted to make a 100Gb partition on the drive, create in it a Linux swap partition and another partition of around 50 Gb formatted ext4 and install Linux. I have never done anything like this before so I am prepared for it "all to end in tears" although at the moment, I don't see why it should. As I have absolutely no experience with openSUSE I was thinking of installing Ubuntu to begin with as I have used that a bit.