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Old 02-28-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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NVidia Card: Driver from slackbuilds.org or NVidia installer?


I am building a new computer and have picked up an Asus NVidia gts450 to finally get some 3d acceleration. Before I get the whole system setup I am a little curious to know how many slackware users install kernel/driver/libvdpau from slackbuilds.org and how many use the NVidia installer?
 
Old 02-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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andrew.46, I used the standard nVidia installer and everything worked fine. Although I don't recommend this on distributions that have it in their package manager for good reasons (it may interfere with something), but the nVidia installer didn't seem to mess anything up on Slackware for me.
 
Old 02-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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i use the native NVidia installer as well on my system and it's working fine.
 
Old 02-28-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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I've used both methods with great success.

They both work well.

The advantage of the SBo option is that it maintains the original libraries and allows you to switch between the NVidia binary driver and the stock xorg one.
 
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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More recently I have been using the native nVidia installer without any problems. A minor point is that the 64-bit version will offer to build 32-bit compatibility libraries, which I personally do not use, but may be important if you are running 64-bit with multilib.
 
Old 02-28-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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I've used both but I prefer the SlackBuild for the reason noted above and because I'd just rather have it be handled by pkgtools.
 
Old 02-28-2012, 11:57 PM   #7
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There are two good reasons to not use the binary NVidia installer:
  1. it doesn't install vdpau, and doesn't coexist as well with a vdpau installation as the SlackBuilds.org package does
  2. it creates an xorg.conf that isn't right for Slackware (details here)

King Beowulf's SlackBuilds get the process right.

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Old 02-29-2012, 12:25 AM   #8
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  1. it doesn't install vdpau, and doesn't coexist as well with a vdpau installation as the SlackBuilds.org package does
Interesting, I am especially after vdpau which I imagined was installed as part of the nVidia binary driver...
 
Old 02-29-2012, 12:46 AM   #9
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Interesting, I am especially after vdpau which I imagined was installed as part of the nVidia binary driver...
It's not installed by the binary NVidia driver.

See this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ersion-908430/

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Old 02-29-2012, 12:54 AM   #10
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OIC, well it looks like I may very well stick to the slackbuilds.org versions but maybe also with a version bump to NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-296.20.run. It will be a new system so I can afford to break it a few times anyway .
 
Old 02-29-2012, 02:43 AM   #11
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Hi

Like thegato, I use SBo SlakcBuilds to have it handled by pkgtools.
I build vdpau + kernel + driver in one run thanks to sbopkg and its queue files.
I bumped kernel + driver to 295.20, and vdpau-video to 0.7.3, on my Slackware64 current Multilib with AlienBob's KDE 4.8.0, it runs fine.

Cheers
 
Old 02-29-2012, 11:30 AM   #12
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More recently I have been using the native nVidia installer without any problems. A minor point is that the 64-bit version will offer to build 32-bit compatibility libraries, which I personally do not use, but may be important if you are running 64-bit with multilib.
The annoying thing is that there doesn't seem to be a command-line option to disable their installation, However, it's not well advertised but they also make a non 32bit version of the installer available. NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.20-no-compat32.run

I've been using this for some time now as I prefer a pure 64bit system.
 
Old 02-29-2012, 11:47 AM   #13
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The annoying thing is that there doesn't seem to be a command-line option to disable their installation, However, it's not well advertised but they also make a non 32bit version of the installer available. NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.20-no-compat32.run

I've been using this for some time now as I prefer a pure 64bit system.
Code:
nvidia-installer --uninstall

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Old 02-29-2012, 12:34 PM   #14
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nvidia-installer --uninstall
Thanks but I was talking about disabling the compat-32 libraries on install, not uninstalling the whole driver. The solution is to use the no-compat32.run file instead as I indicated above.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 02:28 AM   #15
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Thanks to all who replied. I have built the new computer and installed the 3 packages from slackbuilds.org and I am very happy with the result .

Off-Topic: Some may be interested to hear that I used the AMD FX-8150 chip for this computer which has copped some criticism from reviewers but promises great things from Linux now and in the future. I look forward to my first run encoding with this monster chip!
 
  


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