LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Suse/Novell
User Name
Password
Suse/Novell This Forum is for the discussion of Suse Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
LinkBack Search this Thread
Old 10-26-2006, 06:24 PM   #1
flatstan
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London UK.
Distribution: Open SuSE 11.4 & 12
Posts: 144

Rep: Reputation: 15
NVidia Driver problem.


I was working through the Jem Report on my SuSE 10.1, {Ge Force 3 Card}, using the Gnome desktop. I have both Gnome & KDE Desktops installed & both working OK.
All went well with the Jem Report instructions, until I installed the NVidia driver, using instuctions found on the NVidia website, ie use YAST to find & install - X11-video-nvidia & also nvidia-gfx-kmp-default.
I did this successfully but on reeboot the command line screen came up not the GUI. I can log on OK but I don't know how to get to the GUI screen from there.
Can anyone help please.
Should I uninstall this driver, if so how.
NVidia gave these instructions, specificaly for SuSE 10.1, where did I go wrong?
 
Old 10-26-2006, 06:26 PM   #2
weibullguy
ReliaFree Maintainer
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Distribution: Slackware-current, Cross Linux from Scratch, Gentoo
Posts: 2,676
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 204Reputation: 204Reputation: 204
I'm not familiar with the Jem Report so I don't know what, exactly, you did to your system. But, did you try startx from the CLI?
 
Old 10-27-2006, 12:13 AM   #3
J.W.
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Distribution: Mint
Posts: 6,642

Rep: Reputation: 69
To start X, enter the command
Code:
startx
Personally I suggest installing the nVidia drivers manually rather than through YaST. Just go to the nVidia site, download the driver, and install the drivers per the instructions. Can you provide more detail on what you're seeing
 
Old 10-27-2006, 04:36 AM   #4
joint
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: openSuse 10.2
Posts: 87

Rep: Reputation: 15
I had a Similar problem, couldn't get "Sysinfo" (because of a warning wich was saying that nvidia-gfx-kmp-default couldn't be installed), so, i downloaded and ran the Nvidia-***-.run, did "Sax2 -r", configured it, and that's it; 3D activated.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 04:47 AM   #5
Sp1t
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Suse 10.2
Posts: 68

Rep: Reputation: 15
When you get to login, log in as root then:

init 3
tiny-nvidia-installer --uninstall
tiny-nvidia-installer --update
.....follow instructions onscreen
sax2 (change frequencies and resolution to suit your monitor)
init 5

If the kernel is updated later, you'll have to do this again.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 05:09 PM   #6
flatstan
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London UK.
Distribution: Open SuSE 11.4 & 12
Posts: 144

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
NVidia Driver

Thanks all.
I tried startx, this resulted in almost a full screen of info, basicaly it said:-
Warning (EE) error, (NI) not implimented (??) unknown
Log File "/var/log/xorg.o.log
Using config file"/etc/x11/org.conf
Fatal module nvidia not found
Fatal server error
No screens found
Then further down the screen:-
2 screens found but not suitable.
As I said there was lots more but I can't type it all.

I tried init 3, then followed your "tiny-nvidia-installer--uninstall" instructions,
this resulted in :- command not found.
Does this clarify at all ?

If I download the nvidia driver as suggested, how do I install it from the CLI.
Thanks.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
weibullguy
ReliaFree Maintainer
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Distribution: Slackware-current, Cross Linux from Scratch, Gentoo
Posts: 2,676
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 204Reputation: 204Reputation: 204
What do the lines in this file /var/log/xorg.o.log that are preceded with (EE) say? I'd bet that /etc/X11/xorg.conf has something similar to the following in the "Device" section
Code:
Identifier      "Card0"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
If you changed the part in red to "nv" it might work and you'd have GUI until you straightened out the nVidia driver issue.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 05:31 PM   #8
OldAl
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Location: Canberra, Australia
Distribution: Kubuntu "Feisty",openSUSE10.3
Posts: 93

Rep: Reputation: 15
NVIDIA and suse 10.1

Quote:
Originally Posted by flatstan
Thanks all.
(
If I download the nvidia driver as suggested, how do I install it from the CLI.
Thanks.
You can install NVIDIA driver only after you switch of X system. The recommended way is to switch to root (su followed by root password) and issue the command:

init 3

You are then in console. Log in as "root" with your root password. Then cd to the location of the downloaded "NVIDIA driver...run" and type:

sh <NVIDIAdreverName>.run

and follow instructions on the screen. However, note that you have to have gcc installed and the package with kernel source. Read carefully instructions on the screen.

I and an old foggie and newbie in Linux, but succeeded to install the NVIDIA driver OK. The trouble I have is that the screen display is not centrally located on my LCD screen and the Yast GUI option to adjust the location is inoporative.
(I did not use the "tiny-drive" at all as its latest version, installed after the NVIDIA driver, stopped the NVIDIA driver in its tracks.)

Are you confused? I know that I would be..

Regards,

really old Al.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 03:49 PM   #9
Sp1t
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Suse 10.2
Posts: 68

Rep: Reputation: 15
Do you still have the "nvidia*****.run file? Run it again using the --uninstall option, then run sax2. That should hopefully restore the old driver. Reboot. If it still goes to CLI, try startx.

If that works, open yast software management and search for nvidia. One of the selections should be tiny-nvidia-installer, make sure that is installed.

After that, all being well, make sure you are connected to the internet then hit ctrl/alt/f1, which should take you back to CLI. Then follow my previous instructions.
 
Old 10-29-2006, 01:37 AM   #10
OldAl
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Location: Canberra, Australia
Distribution: Kubuntu "Feisty",openSUSE10.3
Posts: 93

Rep: Reputation: 15
NVidia Driver problem

Thank you, Sp1t. I am impressed by your knowledge and willingness to help.

Yes, I still do have NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8776-pkg1.run driver (I should call it NVIDIA-xxx.run for short).

However, my system was not functioning properly with the old driver. With the old driver I had flickering of the screen and resolution could not be better than 1024x768. So the attempt to restore it back does not seem attractive.

I have partitioned my hda into many partitions (hda1 to hda14 with hda1 Win system and hda2 with Win data on Fat32; two other partitions are reasonably large with Reiser FS and are used for data that is shared between all suse Linux installations. Oh, and one small partition, hda14 is the boot partition for grub. Other partitions are for / of several Linux installations.)

So I am ready and willing to install another suse10.1 and do some experimentation with it.

As I have had some difficulty with NVIDIA with every suse installation, I would love to resolve it for suse 10.1. As I do think you know NVIDIA and suse10.1, I would like to ask you what is the purpose of

tiny-nvidia-installer ?

You see, I did have to install the NVIDIA-xxx.run twice. After the first installation, it worked fine, though it was "off-centre" and would not respond to attempts to move it with sax2 invoked via Yast. Then I installed tiny-nvidia-something. I am not sure what that "something" was, as I don't really remember, but I think it was the "tiny-nvidia-installer". That screwed up the system to the pre-installation of NVIDIA-xxx.run state. So I installed the NVIDIA-xxx.run the second time. PC now runs with 1280x1024 resolution, but off centre.

I think that the install and reinstall did not do much good to the system, so I intend to try NVIDIA installation with a fresh install of suse10.1.

Thanks again for your advice. I would appreciate to hear about the purpose and the proper use of the "tiny-nvidia-installer"

OldAl.
 
Old 10-29-2006, 08:31 AM   #11
Sp1t
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Suse 10.2
Posts: 68

Rep: Reputation: 15
As is suse's want, they do a lot with linux in their own way, and sod the way that the rest of the linux community wants to do it. tiny-nvidia-installer just does what it says - it downloads the latest driver from NVidia and installs it. I've tried downloading the nvidia-****.run before, but couldn't get it to work with suse (or slack for that matter) but whenever I've used tiny (three machines, three different cards now) it works perfectly.

I would give the instructions in my previous a try - the --uninstall option works on tiny too, so you could always remove it and go back to reinstall your original driver if it doesn't work.

I don't know a great deal about Suse, but this is one area I had a lot of trouble with, and researched a lot until I got this solution.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 04:13 AM   #12
OldAl
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Location: Canberra, Australia
Distribution: Kubuntu "Feisty",openSUSE10.3
Posts: 93

Rep: Reputation: 15
Thank you again Sp1t. I have freshly installed suse 10.1 and will test the tiny-nvidia-installer RSN.

I am writing from this new installation on a flickering screen. Ah, suse and NVIDIA is not the greatest combination.

Thanks again,

OldAl.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 07:06 AM   #13
dth1
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Stoney Stanton - England
Distribution: openSuse 13.1 64 bit
Posts: 324

Rep: Reputation: 32
the command is:-

tint-nvidia-installer --update

NB - note the space after installer
 
Old 10-31-2006, 02:18 PM   #14
cybertaz
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2006
Distribution: SuSE 11.0
Posts: 118

Rep: Reputation: 15
I use SuSE 10.1 and a NVIDIA 6600gt card. I have had no problems. I am currently running 8776 drivers. What card are you using and do you have a 64 or 32 bit CPU? If you have a 64 bit make sure you use the AMD64/EM64 drivers.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 05:02 PM   #15
sliding
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2006
Location: Eefde - the Netherlands
Distribution: Suse 10.1
Posts: 13

Rep: Reputation: 0
I am using Suse 10.1 on a AMD Athlon64 X2 and MSI K9NGM mobo with nVidia Geforce 6100/nForce410
I first tried to install the nVidia driver with Yast, but that did not work.
So I first started to install the nVidia Linux AMD64/EM64T Version: 1.0-8776 run package
from init3. But that hung on the installer screen.
From the NV forum I got the hint to try the newest (beta) version via the archive link

NVIDIA Quadro Plex Driver
Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T)
Version: 1.0-9626
Operating System: Linux AMD64/EM64T
Release Date: October 13, 2006

This installed without any problem and I have a splendid high res desktop on
my Sony GDM-F520 21" monitor running at 1280x1024 / 85Hz and 16 million colors
on the mobo's internal graphic chip.
 
  


Reply

Tags
driver, install, nvidia


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
nVidia driver problem GardarS Linux - Hardware 11 11-02-2005 12:20 PM
Problem with NVIDIA driver Gonto Mandriva 4 04-11-2005 05:33 AM
nvidia driver problem OstaX Linux - Hardware 5 11-26-2004 06:34 AM
nvidia fx5600 loads vesa driver instead of nvidia driver saburo62 Linux - Hardware 3 05-04-2004 03:59 PM
Nvidia driver problem wslyhbb Mandriva 17 02-24-2004 02:40 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:12 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration