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Old 05-23-2004, 06:44 AM   #1
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NVidia driver installation instructions!

Hi everyone!! I finaly made my nvdia grafik card work properly by installing the nvidia drivers. Beqause I noticed many threads mentioning problems with the current driver installation, problems that I had myself also, I thought it would be a good idea to submit a thread with some step-by-step and detailed instructions (for newbies). All of you that know the basics of unix you can skip this details! Anyway. Thats it:

1) You have to download the proper nvidia driver from

2)Open a konsole and login as root by typing su and then your password.

3)We need to stop X-server running so type init 3. Now go to the folder which
the downloaded driver was saved by typing cd /* (at * put the location you have saved the driver).

4)Type sh followed by the driver name. In my case sh Now you can see the nvidia installer. Accept the license agreement by choosing Accept. The driver is installed in your system but we must make some changes to make it work.

5)Change runlevel (to start X-Server) by typing init 5. Open a konsole and login again as root. We have to edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config (the name of the file some times differs from distribution to distribution so if you can't find the specific file look for a similar one). Before we edit the file we need to make a backup by typing cp /etc/X11/XF86Config /etc/X11/XF86Config.old. If s.thing goes wrong you can overwrite the edited file with the original one by typing cp /etc/X11/XF86Config.old /etc/X11/XF86Config

6)Open the file with you favourite editor. (For newbies : I use vi editor. To open the file type vi /etc/X11/XF86Config. In vi you can insert charachters by pressing the ins(ert) button once and you can replace charachters by pressing it twice. If you want to save the file and exit press esc and type ":qw". If you don't want to save the file and exit just press esc and then type ":q"). Locate at section "Device"
the line Driver "nv" (or Driver "vesa") and change it into "Driver nvidia". At section "Module" insert Load "glx".Finaly remove the lines Load "dri" and Load "GLcore" if those appear. Save the file and you are ready!

Restart linux and watch carefully when you login to the Xserver. If the driver is installed succesfully the nvdia splash screen will appear for a second of time (restart linux not only the Xserver beqause you won't be able to see the splash screen). You can also check it out by trying to run a 3d application.
If you have SUSE don't try to enable the OpenGL. There is a bug in Sax2 that doesn't let you choose that although the OpenGL is already enabled.
I don't know if the same solution has been mentionded before but just in case.... I hope it helped some people
Old 05-23-2004, 08:00 AM   #2
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...and for those of you who don't want the logo, you can add another line in xf86config or xorg.conf in the device section where you just typed 'nvidia'. Add this line:

Option "NoLogo" "1"




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