Hi there bwalsh!!
Welcome to LQ.org. I doubt that you problem is related with dual booting system: They both use it's own boot loader and runs from different partitions, so don't you worry about that
Well, try the follow:
- boot up SuSE and let it do all the booting process. X will try to start and will fail as you've described above. Login as root when you reach the prompt (type "root", without the quotes. The password is the same you've chosen during the installation). When done, type at the prompt:
That'll call up SuSE's X configuration. You will need to re-enter monitor, graphics card and input devices again (just as you did when you've installed it). That should work.
I would also assume that this problem you have is due to a wrong shutdown of SuSE. To shutdown a .nix system, fire up a console/terminal and
- Login as root:
- Shutdown or reboot:
shutdown -h now
That will halt (h) the system. If you want to reboot, replace "h" for "r". That shall do it.