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If you have the hwinfo utility installed, from a console, run '/sbin/hwinfo --netcard'. That should identify the network card, tell you which driver is required, and whether or not the driver is active (bonus: also tells you the command to load the correct module).
Then run lsmod to see whether or not the module is loaded. If not, run the command from the output of hwinfo as directed above.
Then, if wireless is still not working, tell us what you have/have not done via Control Center - YaST - Network Devices to set up the wireless. It may help to read the SuSE System Administrator documentation in /usr/share/doc/manual.
A general rant about how long you've tried without success (at solving the problem) and having great success (at frustrating yourself) generally won't get solutions to problems. More definitive information is required.
I am not sure if this information is required, but the driver available from the HP website is only a Vista exe file... they don't have it listed under XP. I deleted Vista as soon as this arrived. It is a HP Pavillion G5056EA.
The blue network light has come on before when I did some firmware thing (sorry, but I can not remember which guide it was). However, it did find the wireless, but when it came to connect it tried to "configure" itself and got as far as 28%. On a reboot, everything had vanished.