Thank you for your detailed suggestion and time.
I just did a clean install this morning. I had been trying since yesterday evening. (The solution was to disconnect the external USB Zip 250 drive, although it's never been a problem before.)
I will, however, keep your suggestions in mind, Steve. At this point, I am just leaving the KDE styles and colors at SuSE's default. (SuSE made some changes to these customization options and I cannot set up my system like I did in SuSE 8.1. I have tried with 8.2, but the options are just not there.)
Incidentally, I had three fans on the front of my case, over the main hard drive, but the bearings started to wear out and the fans became very loud -- so I got an Antec hard drive cooler with two fans and an LED temperature display. The gauge has two probes, one to attach to the hard drive and one to place inside the case. The display alternates between the temperature at each of these two locations. In addition, the fan is very quiet; it's well worth the $30 that I paid for it.