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Is this a new install?
Have you used YOU to install the drivers previously and are you trying to update to a newer version?
Also, you cannot install the nvidia drivers without the kernel source installed. If you have the CD's, open YaST2, go to install/remove software, Advanced Developement, and make sure kernel-source is installed. If this was a FTP install you may have download the kernel source, this was not included in the ftp install.
"can I uninstall the drivers safely in this manner too?"
If you mean uninstall them using YaST like removing a package - no.
But, you can use the .run program to install new drivers over old or re-install drivers that have stopped working due to a x-server upgrade or kernel update through YOU. You still need to have the kernel-source installed and run from the CLI (no X running anywhere).
If you have successfully installed the drivers before using Yast Online Update (YOU) then navigate to /usr/shere/doc/nvidia where you should find a EULA and NVIDI-Linux-x86-1.0-4363.run (or whatever version you have). Once you verify that it's there, quit X, navigate to that folder and run sh blah-blah.run and everything should be fine. - OH, and you have to run sax2 before the drivers will work.
II. SuSE Linux Desktop (SLD)
SuSE Linux 8.2 with update kernel or self-compiled kernel
1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source' package with YaST2, update it - if not
already done - via YaST2 Online Update (YOU) and configure it then
with the following commands:
make cloneconfig && make dep
2) Use the nvidia installer.
I'm happy to report that it works nicely with
SuSE 8.2, Quadro900, @ 3520x1200 using Twinview on Samsung SyncMaster 240T + Dell 20" LCD (both using DVI interface).
The SAX2 bit didn't work for me either. boot into level 3 (if you don't know the incantation, then try using the 'failsafe' from the grub menu.
SAX2 might've been nice enought to save the original /etc/X11/XF86config file, if so restore it.
Edit the XF86config file. Look for a "Device" section (i.e. headed by
There may be more then one Device section. There should be one with either
Replace a line like
if it exists.
Then, scroll back up to
It should look something like
Load "dbe" # Double-buffering
## comment these two out when using nvidia's "nv" driver
# Load "GLcore" # OpenGL support
# Load "dri" # Direct rendering infrastructure
Load "glx" # OpenGL X protocol interface
Load "extmod" # Misc. required extensions
Load "v4l" # Video4Linux
Load "record" # X event recorder
## You only need the following two modules if you do not use xfs.
Load "freetype" # TrueType font handler
Load "type1" # Adobe Type 1 font handler
Yet another newbie in need of help. I thought I'd just add it to this thread since it's about NVIDIA drivers. I went through all the steps in the stickie'd thread, everything seems to work until I try and change my screen resolution above 800-600. When I go to System Settings -> Display...It shows NVIDIA Geforce4 MX (generic) & the driver is nvidia. Any ideas?
I'm using Redhat 9.0. I have an AMD Athlon 1600 cpu & a Verto GeForce4 MX 420 video card.