I was assuming that you were using KDE with terminal and file manager?
In that way you have root rights and can proceed accordingly.
But when you want to start not in a graphical KDE you can start in the console.
If you start with root as user with password, you have all rights.
And you can change rights as you want.
Anyway the command for changing rights is chmod.
Most used is chmod 755 and 777, but 777 means everyone has all rights.
So be carefull!
So in the end we don't know what you are doing in what terminal/console or GUI?
So what's the problem?
Just log-in as root on KDE, and you have all rights.
And all rights to change rights.
A warning note you should avoid running a GUI as root. If you must log in do what need to be done and logout. You can seriously screw things up in the GUI it is much better to become root via su - then log into the GUI as root. Or select File Manger Super user mode.
How are you mounting those additional partitions? Is this being done automatically at boot? I suspect you are mounting with incorrect parameters
This file controls where and how the default partitions get mounted.
The mounting is automatic at boot.
/dev/sda1 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/sda2 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/hdc1 swap swap defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto noauto,user,sync 0 0
/dev/fd1 /media/floppy1 auto noauto,user,sync 0 0
/dev/hdc2 /storagehdc2 ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdc3 /local/hdc3 ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hda1 /local/hda1 ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
I have not yet got to trying to change any permissions, not had opportunity.
Sure gogalthorp, that's true!
But you can re-log-in as root for a short time.
You don't need to restart suse.
And the things you are doing are the same as with su.
And the firewall is still active.
By the way, you can see what is being loaded at booting (after the kernel and initrd has been loaded.
Just hit the Esc key while you are booting.
And you get a text screen with everything what is being loaded and its status.
You can see all failures.