Hi snarvey, it seems that your problem is related with the configuration of your monitor. so you need to know the following specs: vertical and horizontal frequencies and display size. Look in the manuals of your monitor or you can google to find out.
Also, you have an ATI graphic driver, that means that if you want to use it with 3D acceleration you need the proprietary driver. Since this will complicate more your problem, you can delay this after you have X running. Then, you can use the "radeon" driver, in case this doesn't work, you can always use the generic driver "vesa".
From your post it's clear that sax2 is not going to help you do this task (This problem with sax2 is very common, I hope that it's fixed in SuSE 10.1). So you need to edit manually the X configuration file.
Don't worry, this is not difficult. You just have to follow these instructions:
1. Boot in failsafe mode, you must be in a console terminal. Log in as root:
Password: (Type your root password)
2. First you have to do a backup of the configuration file, type:
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
3. You need to use a text editor to edit the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf, you can use vim:
4. In the console you'll see the start of this file, you can use the up and down arrow to move. The next step is finding the Monitor Section, just press the down arrow until you see something like this:
DisplaySize 352 264
When you find this Section, it's time to change the specifications of your monitor. Type "i", in the bottom line you'll see the text INSERT, this means that now you can edit the file. Move with the arrows, use the Delete buttom to erase what you think is wrong. Put the correct values, please note the spaces.
5. Once you think this Section is correct, you need to find the Driver Section, you have to scroll down a little bit more until you see this section:
Identifier "ATI Graphics Adapter"
As you can see, I'm using the "fglrx" driver, this is the propietary driver that you may install after. For now, you have to make sure that you are using the "radeon" driver. Again change it carefully.
6. Once done this, you have to save the file. First press "Esc", and then press ":wq", please note that this command will appear at the bottom line. Then press Enter.
7. There you have your new xorg.conf file, ready to be used. Logout as root, and then log in as a normal user. Then type in the command line:
8. Hopefully, you'll go straight to KDE...
In case you still have problems. Try to use the generic driver "vesa" instead of the "radeon" driver. You have to edit again the xorg.conf file.
In case you can't start X. Please post the errors in the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log:
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep "(EE)"