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How I fixed openSUSE 11.1

Posted 02-08-2009 at 11:16 PM by Ixthusdan

I had three initial problems running openSUSE 11.1 in my system. First I have a motherboard with full SLI (not soft SLI), 4G of RAM, an AMD dual core processor and two Nvidia cards with 7300GS video chips.

The following problems occurred:
1) When I attempted to engage SLI, I lost all video.
2) I could not get Compiz with Emerald to work or even try to work.
3) My virtual machines would not run.

The fix:
1) The openSUSE kernel (maybe?) loses the primary video card and runs from the secondary card. I discovered that with the latest Nvidia drivers, I had to switch where my monitor was plugged in over to that card and then I had to change the bus number in the device section of xorg.conf to the secondary card. After these changes, the heads up display option became available and I had SLI.

2) I found that I had to use the developer rpm's of all Compiz and Emerald to get it to work properly on the system. I uninstalled all original Compiz and reinstalled the new rpm's. KDE 4 does have some nice toys, but I prefer Emerald and Compiz. Check out these links:

3) I switched to the latest release of xVM Virtualbox from Sun. My machines all came back up. The Virtualbox rpm's with the distro did not work. Perhaps they work with new machines, but I already have machines running.
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