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Problems with openSUSE 11.2 and the Kernel

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http://forums.opensuse.org – First, sorry for the vague title, but there is not enough room to list all of these minor problems I am having with my openSUSE upgrade. I followed the upgrade directions, found here, precisely. However, I am still experiencing some unusual problems, some I think I have resolved, but others are leaving me puzzled. Before I get to far into this, my working knowledge of *NIX platforms is decent, but I am no where close to expert or advanced. Problem 1 - KDE Profiles (resolved) The first problem I experienced was that my KDE profiles were all screwed up, buttons would not work, desktop icons were missing, applications would not start or would show horrid graphics, and the list goes on. Having run through a similar problem with FreeBSD, I decided to simply move my ~/.kde4 to ~/.kde4.orig and then do a forced reinstall of KDE4. This seems to have resolved the issue, I just have to recreate my profile, which should be relatively simple. Problem 2 - Sound Driver Shortly after my upgrade, I did have sound, but I had lost control of the volume. This is somewhat expected as with each Kernel update of Linux, I found I had to reinstall the sound drivers, Creative X-Fi. This never presented a problem as it was a 30 second process and very simple to perform (there were three commands, four if you include 'su -'). This time, I ended up running into an error, seen below: Code: make -C /lib/modules/2.6.31.5-0.1-default/build M=/home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00 make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.31.5-0.1-obj/x86_64/default' make -C ../../../linux-2.6.31.5-0.1 O=/usr/src/linux-2.6.31.5-0.1-obj/x86_64/default/.   CC [M]  /home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00/xfi.o /home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00/xfi.c:14:26: error: sound/driver.h: No such file or directory /home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00/xfi.c: In function ‘ct_card_probe’: /home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00/xfi.c:55: error: implicit declaration of function ‘snd_card_new’ /home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00/xfi.c:55: warning: assignment makes pointer from integer without a cast make[4]: *** [/home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00/xfi.o] Error 1 make[3]: *** [_module_/home/005/a/aw/awj071000/Documents/XFiDrv_Linux_Public_US_1.00] Error 2 make[2]: *** [sub-make] Error 2 make[1]: *** [all] Error 2 make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.31.5-0.1-obj/x86_64/default' make: *** [all] Error 2 This brings me to my third problem... Problem 3 - VMware Similar to the sound card, each time a new Kernel patch is applied, I have to recompile VMware Workstation 6.5 for it to work again. This is even simpler than the sound drivers as all I do is start VMware and it automatically recompiles. Now, when I go to start it, I receive the two following errors: This appears upon trying to start VMware Workstation... This appears when I click 'Install'... Problem 4 - Kernel... The previous two problems seem to be related to some underlying kernel issue that I have yet to be able to resolve. I have barely been able to change the error messages. So far I have forced a reinstall of almost everything kernel related that was already installed, plus I installed quite a few *-devel packages. I reinstalled 'make' and 'gcc' for good measure, but I am not getting anywhere. Any assistance in trying to get this resolved would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you need any additional information as well, but to start my computer is a Dell Precision 690 (64-bit). Thank you. (Distributions)