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Old 10-04-2005, 08:47 AM   #1
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Question nVidia GeForce 6600


Hey folks,

I have recently re-installed SUSE 9.3 after having troubles after installing the nVidia drivers with YOU. Now I am scared to install this driver to make my graphics card work better even if SUSE recognized it, because when I move the windows they move really VEEERY slow (they seem broken windows...) or when I scroll down the websites with whatever browser (Firefox or Konqueror) it seems to have waves that go up... I don't know if I am clear explaining that...

The problem I had in the last installation is that after installing it SUSE can't boot properly: first of all it appear in full screen the nVidia logo, then a login prompt (I had setted it in automatic) and after prompting in there was a grey desktop with no icons, no system tray, no clock... if I click with the mouse anywhere there was a little list with the common commands (kill, xterm, delete and so on). I was unable to open my beloved KDE. I tried all, restoring the system, used the failsafe but with no results.

Do you have any suggestion to install the nVidia driver without crashing the KDE?

Thanks

G
 
Old 10-06-2005, 05:14 AM   #2
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Have you tried getting the drivers direct from nvidia? It's very easy to install. You need to shut down X, install the drivers, make any necessary changes to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, then restart X. Unless there are specific problems with your video card. I've got an FX5200 GeForce.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 09:22 AM   #3
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I have SUSE 10.0 x86_64 and GeForce 6600GT, downloaded drivers from http://nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp and read HOWTO ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/sup...nstaller-HOWTO

All OK! 3D Working with no problems.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 09:24 AM   #4
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Have you tried getting the drivers direct from nvidia? It's very easy to install. You need to shut down X, install the drivers, make any necessary changes to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, then restart X. Unless there are specific problems with your video card. I've got an FX5200 GeForce.
I have visited the nVidia website, and it reccomends to use YOU for all SUSE users...
If I want to download it manually, how can I shut down X to install the drivers? And how can I restart it?
I am sorry but I am pretty new in linux, particularly with hardware stuffs.

Thanks a lot

G
 
Old 10-06-2005, 09:44 AM   #5
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read HOWTO
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/sup...nstaller-HOWTO
As root type
$init 3

install drivers
$sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-7676-pkg2.run -q
(your downloaded driver installer may have different name)

and type
$sax2 -m 0=nvidia (0 is a digit, not a letter!)

All done!
 
Old 10-06-2005, 10:31 AM   #6
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I dont know if it's different for SuSE but in my case I downloaded from here, http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html the IA32 drivers unless you've got 64bit, then shut down X by typing 'init 3' in a console as root user, once you're at the prompt, cd to where you downloaded the nvidia drivers, and type (as root user) 'sh NAME OF PACKAGE.run'. Before you do any of this you need to have your kernel sources downloaded and installed because nvidia will need that to install. In my case I then used a text editor to change a setting in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, which was the driver in the graphics device section. Change the line:

Driver "nv"

to

Driver "nvidia"

Save the file, sign out from root user, and type 'startx' to restart the gui.

Last edited by simcox1; 10-06-2005 at 10:34 AM.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 05:40 PM   #7
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Hey folks, I have downloaded nVidia drivers from nVidia website... Installed additional packets particularly 'kernel-source' 'make' and 'gcc'. They seem installed, so I went out from X server and tried to install the nVidia driver. There was an advice that kernel-source isn't installed. Maybe I have installed the wrong packet... Can you help me please?
Thanks
G
 
Old 10-06-2005, 11:29 PM   #8
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Did you read the nvidia instructions for SuSE users -- J.W.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 12:15 AM   #9
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Unhappy Great!!! ... but........

Hey folks!!!

Thanks a lot for the help, I finally installed the nVidia driver... the problem was I forgot to update the kernel!!!!

Now the windows move more smoothly, phew!!!

But.... there's a BUT.... as I have installed the driver nVidia, KDE is still working perfectly, but I can't connect to internet anymore!!!!!

I took a look at resolv.conf and it has my provider's servername as normal, I connected my browser firefox to the router, and it connects to it and the status is 'connected'. My ethernet card seem working fine... so WHY can't I connect to internet??

When I try to open a website it says that the website doesn't exist, YOU can't check for updates... what's wrong?? My poor SUSE seems to be completely isolated from the rest of the world....

Help.... thanks a lot

G
 
Old 10-07-2005, 12:22 AM   #10
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It sounds like you don't have your default gateway set to the IP address of the router. You can make the changes in YaST. It will be in the setup for the network interface.

About your original problem, you were running a different window manager.

Last edited by jschiwal; 10-07-2005 at 05:06 AM.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 05:26 AM   #11
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Hey Folks!!

I wish to thank you all!!! Now Linux is perfectly working!!!!!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

CIAO
G
 
Old 03-15-2006, 08:00 AM   #12
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Hi,

I have been using Linux for a few days and i'm enjoying tinkering with Mandrake 10.1. So much so, i installed the latest xfree86 and now i get the same grey screen as Pitto.
I have tried to install the NVIDIA driver but it keeps telling me that no 'kernel source is installed'. How do i update the kernel as Pitto did above?

many thanks
 
Old 03-15-2006, 09:22 AM   #13
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Open a console, sign in as root (by typing su ). Put your dvd/cd in your drive, and type urpmi kernel . That should install the sources.
 
Old 03-16-2006, 04:04 AM   #14
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Thanks for replying so soon Sim!

I just managed to do that and the kernel-source loaded ok followed by the NVIDIA driver. Unfortunately, now i get a black screen at rl4 and when i get back to the command prompt i get the message that screens were available but the NVIDIA driver was unable to allocate an interrupt. Is there a way to manually assign interrupts in linux and to force the NVIDIA driver to accept one?
 
Old 03-16-2006, 06:36 AM   #15
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So you've got the kernel sources installed. And you've downloaded the official nvidia drivers, signed in as root, signed out of X, run sh NVIDIA etc etc.run , and the drivers installed ok. Did you tell it to automatically update your xorg.conf file, or did you do that manually? You can check by typing less /etc/X11/xorg.conf , and scrolling down to the 'Graphics Device' section near the end, and making sure it says

Driver "nvidia"

If everything is aok (?), then it's likely because you updated your XFree86. By the way, I'm pretty sure Mandrake 10.1 uses Xorg rather than XFree86, so that might be it.
 
  


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