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Old 03-15-2004, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question SuSE nvidia users... how do I install the latest drivers?


I found the instructions on installing the latest drivers for nvidia cards not only confusing but full of bad grammar... not that mine is any better

is there one amongst you who can step me through the install for SuSE 9.0 Pro? thx
 
Old 03-15-2004, 12:33 PM   #2
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You can use YOU (YaST2 Online Update) to install the nVidia driver very easily! or if you can't get that (although it's a cake-walk, very point and click) you can download the driver from nvidia.com. when you install it make sure you're X Server isn't running. You need to either hit... what is it, ctrl+altF1, or change the runlevel of the X Server to 2, and then reboot. Either way make sure you are logged in as root. once you are in a text-only mode you can follow nvidia's instructions to install the file, run Sax2 if you wish to edit the xfree86config file, or you can do it manually, if you use SaX don't be worried about that bug that says 3d support isn't supported, 3d is ALWAYS on once the nvidia driver is installed, but there is a bug in the driver that never says it is!
 
Old 03-15-2004, 06:58 PM   #3
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I get a message that says I need to download a commercial driver from tha nvidia website.... is that the message?

How do I get to runlevel 3?
 
Old 03-15-2004, 07:14 PM   #4
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I just tested to see if I had 3D acceleration by installing Q3... It aint there... sounds like I'll have to do this by hand... the drivers are on the desktop... what do I do from root?
 
Old 03-15-2004, 09:22 PM   #5
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Get to runlevel 3 by becoming root and give the command "init 3". Then do:
/home/Thaidog/Desktop/<nvidia_driver_file>

Make sure the file is executable, though...if it's not executable you can either chmod it or do:
sh /home/Thaidog/Desktop/<nvidia_driver_file>

After it installs, you can start up Sax2, change the video driver from nv to nvidia, enable 3D acceleration, and you're good to go. There's weird bug with that last bit, though...if you go back to sax later it will tell you that 3D acceleration is not enabled...this is untrue.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 04:08 PM   #6
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Quote:
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After it installs, you can start up Sax2, change the video driver from nv to nvidia
I can not find where in sax@ you can change the driver... but I finally got the driver installed! Where can I change the driver?
 
Old 03-16-2004, 04:15 PM   #7
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all you have to do is click on the graphics card part, and switch it to another manufactuer for a second, and then go back and select your nvidia card, and click next, once you have done that the next screen should show you what card is installed and nex to it it should say "nvidia" for the driver file instead of "nv" or "mesa"
 
Old 03-16-2004, 05:20 PM   #8
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all you have to do is click on the graphics card part, and switch it to another manufactuer for a second, and then go back and select your nvidia card, and click next, once you have done that the next screen should show you what card is installed and nex to it it should say "nvidia" for the driver file instead of "nv" or "mesa"
Well if you aren't the hacker

Thanks for the help! I'm doing another freah install real quick...
 
Old 03-18-2004, 08:54 PM   #9
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I have this exact same problem, however... If I get sax2 to accept the nvidia driver instead of nv, the test screens don't work... I get a little bit of intermittent monitor flipping, but no display.

I have tried both 4496 and 5336 versions...

I can do "sax2 -r" to get the nv driver back, but no nvidia.

This is SUSE 9.0.

I have an ECS K7S5A Motherboard with SiS 735 chipset.

Any ideas at all?

-Howie

Last edited by howieu; 03-18-2004 at 09:06 PM.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 10:57 PM   #10
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you might want to try and set your screen resoultion and color settings just a smige lower, sometimes when the 3d acceleration is enabled it sets the refresh rates too high for your monitor, also you might want to make sure you have the right monitor selected, and if it's not there make sure that you have the correct vales entered in the user defined part that way it won't go above the settings that your monitor can handle.
 
Old 03-19-2004, 08:35 AM   #11
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Yeah, tried that, actually. Still a no-go....

640x480 doesn't work...

-H
 
Old 03-21-2004, 08:31 AM   #12
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Solved

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...threadid=10590
 
  


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