Why the hell do they put Cheapsh@'*t 32 bit operating sytems on 64 bit machines??..
Not clear how this is relevant...Did you install 32-bit or 64-bit SUSE?
Note: there is nothing wrong with a 32-bit OS on 64-bit hardware---it should work fine.
As to the main issue:
What option for bootloader did you select during installation?
What exactly happens at bootup?
Can you boot from the SUSE install disk and get to the installed version that way?