In case of anyone having the same problem, I've found a workaround that at least allows the mini to be used.
Boot from usb with lubuntu (lubuntu.net), press repeatedly and rapidly three or four times, the wifi key on your keyboard, and check that icon of networkmanager (it takes a few seconds to unlock and afterwards it shows and permits you connect to the wireless networks in range).
Now shutdown and remove the usb stick, and boot normally into opensuse, taking care of never disable wireless through the networkmanager switch.
In case you don't know how, download unetbootin from unetbootin.sourceforge.net and lubuntu iso from lubuntu.net.
If there is a better method known to you, please update this post. Thank you.