Suse 11 boot failure - install does not work

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http://forums.opensuse.org – First of all i am complete newcomer to all things linux. I have a Dell Vostro 1000 laptop which initially had windows vista on. I did a clean install of Ubuntu which worked well but im now trying to change to an install of Suse. Ive tried installing several times but i can never get the installation to boot. When booting the loading screen gets about two thirds of the way through most of the time. I get an error message saying: "unknown username "root" in message bus configuration file - could not get password information for user "root". Eventually the system runs through to a command line login screen but has the following failed services in runlevel5: dbus rpcbind avahi-daemon network-remotefs nscd postfix I can't log in to the system using root and the set password. As an aside i ran the system repair tools and my partition dev\ext3 cannot be resized because it is inconsistent and if i try to boot into an installed system from the repair section of the disk it says "no linux root partition found" As i say i am completely new to linux and all the associated commands/methods. I am competent with computers however so following commands should not be an issue. (Distributions)