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Old 10-31-2004, 12:44 PM   #1
RaveR_SwE
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Lightbulb Nvidia Chipset Driver Problems on SuSE 9.1


Okay here is the description of my problem:

When i installed SuSE 9.1 it asked if i wanted to use system update. I choosed yes. A list of patches appears on the screen. I scroll down and i see Nvidia Chipset Drivers. I select it and start download it. It says that the drivers is installed but it doesn't seems so. When i move windows on the desktop it goes very slow and when i scroll down pages in Konqueror it also goes very slow. Another strange thing is that i can't change the screen resulotion , it's only one option, 1280 x 1024. So i tried to open YaST and configure the screen, but when i click the icon for screen settings all on the screen went black. Then i have to reboot to get the screen back.......


Please, Can anyone help me???
 
Old 10-31-2004, 02:55 PM   #2
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Nvidia chipset drivers...... isnt that the drivers for Nvidia motherboards ?
and you seem to be talking about a nvidia graphics card ?

www.nvidia.com to get the graphics card drivers.

drop to runlevel 3.
run the installer.
open /etc/X11/xorg.conf
replace Driver "nv" with Driver "nvidia"
restart X

thats how to install the Nvidia graphics drivers.
 
Old 11-01-2004, 01:53 AM   #3
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Okay Sorry

Okay, i mean graphics drivers, sorry my mistake .....

Well i have to try it out, but i have a few problems....
When i visit this page:
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

First i choose "Graphics Driver". New options appears on the screen. I choose GeForce and TNT2. New options appears on the screen. It's a list of
Operative Systems.

SuSE is a Linux OS so i have to choose between:

*Linux IA32
*Linux AMD64
*Linux IA64

One of the options is AMD64 but my CPU is an Intel Celeron so that must be wrong....

2 Options Left:

*Linux IA32
*Linux IA64

I think the second option is wrong because i don't have a 64 CPU, it's a 32 CPU....
I think thats the right drivers....

Okay time to download it!

Before click download i see this text:

"SuSE users: please read the SuSE NVIDIA Installer HOWTO before downloading the driver."

Well I have to read the "HOWTO".

I read this:

"It is recommended to use YOU (YaST Online Update) for (re)installation
of the nvidia driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update."

But i have already done that. It's also another option, something about "kernel update"
I read that the kernel must be installed and configured. I don't really now how to do this....
I've found this text at:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/sup...OWTO#025suse91

And if i try to follow your instructions....I dont really know how to drop to level 3 and when i click on the installer it wont open....

Please, Help Me....
 
Old 11-01-2004, 02:19 AM   #4
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You need to install the 'kernel-source' package before running the nvidia install program.

You need to do this without X windows running. A way to do this is with the root command 'init 3'.

The install program will compile and install the driver for you.
 
Old 11-01-2004, 04:08 AM   #5
RaveR_SwE
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Thank you for the answer, but i have 2 more questions.....

Where can i download the Kernel-Source Package for SuSE 9.1?
What is X Windows?

If somebody answer my questions i think my problem is solved.....

Please, Help Me!
 
Old 11-01-2004, 09:10 AM   #6
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Open up YaST2 and search for 'kernel-source'.

X-windows is the XOrg server. Previously suse used XFree86's x-windows server, but because they added requirements about including the authors names in the packaging, they switched to the XOrg offshoot.

Take a look at the description given on this rpm find page:
http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/se...mandrake&arch=

Perhaps your question was more general. How does X-windows defer from what you've been using? It was designed in an environment where many terminals may be hooked up to a mainframe computer. The programs run on the mainframe server, and the display is shown on the terminal. So it's designed from the ground up to work over a network. In other words, the program running may be on a different machine from where the person is using the keyboard/mouse and screen. So the running program makes requests of the machine with the display what to display.
So the X-windows terminal is for the graphics system the server, and the running program is the client.

If you are at your laptop computer, and it is networked to the desktop, you can start a secure shell session. You will get a console screen where you can enter commands. If you enter a kde or gnome program, the program will run on your desktop computer but be displayed on your laptop. So you can run a number crunching intensive program like blender from your laptop and not have to wait forever for it to generate a frame.

It's also possible to start a program without using the ssh shell, or to be at your desktop and start a program but have it display on your laptop.
blender -display laptophostname:0.0
will run the blender program and display it on the laptop.

However, there can be security concerns, so Linux uses an xauth program which has to be set up before you can do this.

You can also open up a separate display on the computer you are at now.
xinit -- :0.0 will start a new session on VT8. You can have a KDE session on VT7 and a GNOME session on VT8 for example.

About the <host>:0.0 notation. <computer hostname>:display:screen
The screen part is if you have a multihead system. So from the desktop, you can display a program on the 2nd desktop monitor. Or from the Desktop, display pictures out of the laptops tv out connector, displaying a slide show of artwork on the television, while you are answering emails!

Last edited by jschiwal; 11-01-2004 at 09:14 AM.
 
Old 11-01-2004, 11:49 AM   #7
RaveR_SwE
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In your reply you typed "Open up YaST2 and search for 'kernel-source'."

What do you mean with search....
When i open YaST2 i can choose between:

*Software
*Harware
*System
*Network Devices
*Network Services
*Security and Users
*Misc

In the left menu....

I don't know what you mean with "search".....

One more thing, why doesn't the drivers from YaST Online Update work?

Thank You For All Your Replys!
 
  


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