sorted after 3 hours sweating and cursing over the computer after work last night. mixed and matched the instructions from about 3 different sources on how to compile the drivers, finally got it working just past midnight last night.
any chance of including support for suse 8.1 in the next .run file??
by that time it's possible that SuSE will have released 8.2 via ftp though (tight git that I am)
thanks for your help