This is not helping you, I am sure, but I've installed Suse 10.1 myself, on my lap top.
Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pro
1024 MB RAM
Intel 945 GM
Mega WideScreen, baby
.....and I did not have any problems at all. Everything just worked.
I am too a newbie, and very unsure about a lot of things, so I just did what the screen told me to do.
Hope you get it right. This is a gooood OS