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Old 11-01-2005, 03:17 AM   #1
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How do I install nVidia 3D driver on openSUSE10.0?

I followed the instructions below:
"It is recommended to use YOU (YaST Online Update) for (re)installation
of the nvidia driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.
Inside YOU enable "Installable and Installed Patches" for "Show Patch
Category" and select "Download NVIDIA(r) Graphics Driver" from the
patches list (usually at the bottom of the list). Note, that you need
to mark it as "Update" (right mouse click) if you already installed it
before and the driver was uninstalled - for any reason. Proceed as
usual now. After YOU has finished restart your Xserver (i.e. logout
from your Xsession) and you're fine."

I used YOU for initial installation. According to YOU, this should have been a 10mb download. It downloaded only, (not 10mb size). After finishing, I logged out and back in. No nvidia 3d. Rebooted with same results.

I started YOU again, toggled "Installable and Installed Patches", marked nvidia graphics driver as "Update", and tried again. Still got only

As I understand it, this is the script to run after booting to level 3 (without starting x-server), and logged in as root user. Not sure I want to do that yet, as I don't know if it requires re-compiling the kernel. I also checked /etc/X11/xorg.conf and saw in Section "Device" for nvidia graphics card that Driver is still "nv" and not "nvidia", so nothing is borked yet.

I get no bootup errors that I can see, but the text scrolls pretty fast.

Do I need to add an installation source, or what? I'm baffled.
Old 11-01-2005, 03:56 AM   #2
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Have you tried running "sax2" in runlevel 3.
Old 11-01-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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I have tried to download the nvidia driver for linux with you without sucess.

Just donwload th driver from and follow the instruction given by the readme file on the same side.

Old 11-03-2005, 03:04 AM   #4
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Thanks to redazz and Keruskerf├╝rst for your replies.

Redazz, I haven't run sax2 @ runlevel 3 because that's part of nVidia's instructions to do after re-compiling the kernel.

Keruskerf├╝rst, the quoted instructions I followed are from nVidia's SuSE "howto" page. I'm trying to install from YaST in order to avoid having to re-compile the kernel if it's upgraded in the future. Anyway, that's what nVidia says.

I browsed SuSE's user forums and found instructions to do a wget of the from a different URL than the one I used, then edit a line in the script. That's supposed to do the trick. In any event, I'll be back whether this works or not.
Old 11-03-2005, 04:04 AM   #5
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As far as I know, the patch will always appear as in YOU, but the driver is actually installed. Running sax2 is just something I do to make sure that the driver is installed okay and that 3d is enabled. You don't need to run manually at all.
Old 11-03-2005, 02:37 PM   #6
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FWIW, I used YOU in SUSE 10.0 and it worked exactly as it was supposed to. The only thing I would add to the Nvidia instructions to make things clearer (to someone who has never done this before) is that at the opening screen you need to confirm the Install Updates Manually checkbox is chosen and then click Next to go to the screen when you choose the updates. I also used the "Update" rather than the "Download" choice. It did not show as an icon change, but that may be a difference as well.

Let me add that although the Nvidia "download" seemed brief, my DSL became active for a very long time while "installing" the NVIDIA drivers. It seems that most of the actual download occurs during installation.

Last edited by Cogar; 11-03-2005 at 02:39 PM.
Old 11-03-2005, 04:19 PM   #7
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for any kernel without kernel re-compiling (?)
1) download driver from
2) if in GUI, open terminal window and run
#init 3
4) su to root
5) cd where nvidia driver is
6) run (32-bit):
#sh -q
#sh -q
if you have 64-bit OS (driver version will change in time)
7) when installation is complete and you are at cli again run
#modprobe nvidia
8) run sax2
#sax2 -m 0=nvidia
9) condifure:
run sax2 test at the end
10) when you are done with sax2, edit xorg.conf for additional optimization

#vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf
11) save changes and restart X or computer

that would be all
Old 11-04-2005, 12:39 PM   #8
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Follow this link to a thread I started to summarize most common SuSE display issues.

Hope you find this link helpful.
Old 11-08-2005, 09:58 PM   #9
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Thanks for all your help. I fixed the problem with the GeForce2 "legacy" card by using nVidia's installer and by copying a bash script to /etc/init.d/boot.local. (See CL-1's thread about the GeForce2 card.)


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