Just in case someone out there does what I do and did what I did.
I ran suse 9.1
I run dual monitors, with twinview.
I have the gnome panel on the right (ie not the left) monitor.
I run e16 of course.
I upgraded to suse 9.2.
drawers on the panel now open on the left monitor, instead of above the
panel icon in the right monitor.
did some searching.
found known gnome bug.