Ok i didn't post enough info but I was in a hurry:
My desktop specs:
Compaq Presario SR1803WM,
Intel Celeron D @ ~3.2 Ghz
1024 MB of RAM (2 x 512 MB)
A very evil and crappy ATI Radeon Xpress 200 built in.
A fairly old Compaq Presario MV500 crt monitor.
The install of Suse 10.1 appeared to go just fine, but instead of showing me a graphical login screen, it's just a garbled up mess of random colors, but I can move a whitish block around with the mouse. That's all I can do at the "log in" screen. The only way I can get in is through the CD boot disk, under the Rescue option. Both normal boot and fail-safe boot give me a bad screen, but fail-safe boot appears to work and then quits, giving me a black screen with weird lines randomly placed across.
My main problem is that I can't print out any tutorials--I have no printer here that functions, and I can't seem to use "yum" command in the rescue mode. I might be able to copy a big file to a CD while working in Windows, and then copy it off a CD during rescue mode into suse linux. I'm hoping that there is a better way to fix this than downloading a 52 MB file from ATI's website. I've got dial-up
Edit: I am alone in this. No google results have helped me because everyone else with this problem is somehow able to use "yum" and connect to the internet and even boot into some non-rescue mode.
Maybe it is something wrong with windows. One time I was playing my N64 emulator, in full screen mode as usual, and I noticed that the full-screen started having extremely roundish sides and it looked weird but didn't disrupt gameplay so I ignored it. But then after that day, when I restarted the PC, the splash screen of the BIOS was the same roundishness. But once I logged in to Windows desktop, the screen display looked normal. But everytime I play a game in full-screen it looks weird with round sides. Is this a virus that has affected the BIOS? I am almost tempted to delete Windows if I could get Wine and Suse Linux working.