OpenSUSE Hardware :: Using The Nouveu Driver Or The Nvidia Binary Driver?
Mar 12, 2011
How do I check if I'm using the Nouveu driver or the Nvidia Binary driver? I thought things were running nicely with the free driver because I had compositing working on my dismal graphics card... But scrolling in firefox is slow/laggy so I tried installing the binary driver with 1click install. But I restarted and still have the same problem. I think I might still be using the nouveu driver? Actually, scratch that last sentence. I just did lspci -v and got this output:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV37GL [Quadro FX 330/GeForce PCX 5300] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device 310e
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Having upgraded to kernel 2.6.38 in wheezy, you now have to blacklist the nouveau driver as just uninstalling the packages don't seem to be enough as it is with squeeze. The latest nVidia 270 driver makes my GPU run over 10°s hotter. The 264 driver in the Debian repo has the same effect. I can't install the 195 driver (which I know is ok with my GPU), for some unknown installation error (error 1 during compile).
I have a GeForce 7950GTX on my Dell laptop. The hardware is ok, as the temperatures are much lower with squeeze, and I have cleaned inside the laptop.
Is anyone else having any issues with excessive heat with nVidia? Could this be a driver or a kernel issue?
And why did I have to blacklist the nouveau drivers even though they weren't installed?
There is one thing missing (I think) a clear guide to clearing out Nvidia and replacing it with nouveau. For all but hardened gamers, nouveau on 11.4 delivers. It also removes one more barrier to what I think is the intended goad of Tumbleweed.The problem IMHO is not that there are no clear guides. The problem is there are too many. No sooner does one person do a guide (that is clear) and someone else who does not like some point writes another guide that they think is more clear (but in fact is less clear in other aspects). And this goes on ad infinitum.IMHO we have too many guides - many of which are sufficient clear ... but the VAST number only serves to confuse users more.
Having typed that, IMHO this is NOT a Tumbleweed specific issue, but its MUCH WIDER in scope and hence does not belong as a discussion in this Tumbleweed thread.
I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on an old small form factor PC with an AMD Sempron 2400, 1GB RAM, and an nVidia 5200 graphics card 128MB. OK, so a low-spec machine (but that's the great thing about Linux right? Don't need high-end h/w) but it works just fine, except that it can't play full HD (1920x1080) MPEG-4 video. Very jerky and lots of dropped frames. Same in both Movie Player and VLC.
I can't afford to increase the RAM and as it's a SFF I can't just swap the mobo and CPU for something faster so I'm wondering whether getting a higher spec graphics card would make any difference?I'm using the nVidia proprietary binary driver (latest version) and searching the forums I found a post where someone said that the nVidia driver needs at least a 512MB card for HD video.A colleague has a higher spec nVidia card (7600 IIRC) that he'll sell me, but before I spend any money, is this likely to improve things? How much does the graphics card affect performance, or is it simply a case of the machine overall just isn't high enough spec?
i installed the new beta 10.04 and it seemed right after the install and update that both nvidia hardware drivers were automatically install together. i deactivated both drivers. one driver showed the nvidia 173 driver and the other one showed "current" nvidia driver.
after a restart i then tried to activate the 173 driver. system required a restart. so i did. system booted to a black screen. i believe its at the desktop but i am unable to see it. i tried to hit esc at the boot screen to enter the grub menu but that didnt work.
Can do nothing with the PC. New install of 10.04 and was prompted to install Nvidia driver. Did so. Rebooted, now have nothing except a thin line at top of screen. How can I remove this driver when I see nothing?
The freeze's on my machine only appears when i monitor the temperature of the gpu. Normally i use gkrellm to monitor temperatures including the gpu temperature. When i stop gkrellm there a no more freeze's on my system. Then i started nvdock which also monitor the gpu temperature and the freeze's are back. Stopping nvdock make the system working normally. I have done a few reboots now, warm and also cold starts und everything works normal.
System data: AMD P2 X4 940, Nvidia GTS 250, openSUSE 11.3, Nvidiadriver 256.44, Gigabyte Mainboard GA-MA78G-DS3H rev.2,8GB RAM, KDE 4.4.95,
I'm setting up Suse 11.2 on PC w/ an Nvidia GT 240. I used the 1-click installation, found it didn't work, then discovered this thread saying the 240 requires the newest beta driver, 195.30, which is not available yet in 1-click and has to be manually installed.
However, that driver is no longer available on Nvidia's download site, either through their menu or the direct link given in the forum thread:
Unix Drivers Portal Page [URL]
Nor do I see it in the Nvidia repository.
why it was removed? Is there a major problem with it? If not, any idea how I can get it?
And if I can find an install it, I assume I need to first uninstall the 1-click version?
I've got 11.3 going and I am mostly enjoying it. I was thrilled when I noticed that with KMS, I could see the boot process and the other vterms on my external monitor. Sadly, the nouveau driver doesn't seem to work for KWin/KDE compositing/desktop effects. Additionally, VDPAU was no go.
So, I set the nomodeset option for grub and chanked the KMS option in the sysconfig settings. The nvidia driver now works (along with composite/VDPAU stuff).
That being said... knowing I could have my external monitor work in those other areas of use is really bugging me.
I don't know much about KMS... is there any process (or if not, foreseeable future) where I could use KMS and the nvidia driver?
I get this error on enabling nVidia repo and downloading driver from YaST.
Switching the use of "nv" driver of X.Org to "nvidia" driver of NVIDIA ------------------------------------------------------------------------ head: cannot open `/etc/X11/xorg.conf' for reading: No such file or directory SaX2 generated xorg.conf not available! grep: etc/X11/xorg.conf: No such file or directory
Nvidia adress: [URL].. The new driver installed and no problems here this driver is better then the 260.19.04 with Sauerbraten and Nexzius a bit higher fps The readme gives all the cards for this driver to much to put here.
You can get the 64 bit version 270.41.19 of the nVIDIA proprietary Video Driver from this link:[URL]..
And the new video driver from nVIDIA no longer is outputting any error message when it is installed as was the case with 270.41.6. So, it is worth a try I do believe to go with the new version. I have a bash script that can be helpful in installing this driver if you would like to use it. Read about lnvhw from here: LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3
I installed on my laptop NVIDIA driver from the opensuse repository. After restart i am not geting the GUI.The screen blinks while booting and finally ends in command line login. Error shows that gdm lasted for only few seconds. Max number of try exceeded.
HP pavillion ZV5000 64b processor NVIDIA GEForce4 440 64m
I have installed SUSE 11.3 and I am using KDE4. I also installed the font "misc-console".
After installing the NVIDIA driver 256.53 the font misc-console becomes useless because it is displayed so much slanted that it is imposible to read. However, if I disable the NVIDIA driver (by replacing "nvidia" with "nv" in xorg.conf), then it works fine. It also works fine in KDE3 and the NVIDIA driver. So, it seems to be a combination between NVIDIA and KDE4. A lot other fonts are also overly slanted and unreadable (like "Sony fixed", "misc fixed", etc.).
If I launch konsole from a terminal, I receive the following warning:
konsole(6928) Konsole::TerminalDisplay::setVTFont: Using an unsupported variable-width font in the terminal. This may produce display errors.
Is there a way that I can use "misc-console" without having to uninstall the NVIDIA driver? I'm just used to this font for my terminal.
The same happens whether I install the driver manually or through YAST, 32 or 64 bit. The video card is NVIDIA 8400GS, the system Athlon 64 4400+
I've got, from Nvidia, the 64bit driver for my card. After typing, sudo sh <filename>, I get, cc not in your path. What do I need to do, is this a C compiler? Isn't gcc already installed by default. I just installed OpenSUSE within the hour. Totally new to SUSE, and almost new to Linux. Just trying to give several distros a trial run.
When we expect a new rpm from current 195.36.15 nvidia driver? And if it is possible someone to get my a link to this rpm,build for my. like step by step "How to build rpm from nvidia source driver.All this is because i don`t like to install after every update!
* My Graphics card is a NVIDIA Geforce 7900 GTX. I am running OpenSUSE 11.2. I have attempted to install the Propriety NVIDIA Drivers (without success). I have added the repository to YAST, then proceeded to install the NVIDIA software.
I then proceeded to reboot my computer into "init 3" mode. I ran the nvidia-xconfig tool as described in the openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users site I then proceeded to type "startx" and it failed to load.
when i trying to install NVIDIA drivers i get compile error:
NVIDIA: calling KBUILD... test -e include/linux/autoconf.h -a -e include/config/auto.conf || ( echo; echo " ERROR: Kernel configuration is invalid."; echo " include/linux/autoconf.h or include/config/auto.conf are mis sing.";
I read over the installation instructions given here. However, they make reference to two versions: openSUSE 11.3-IA32 and openSUSE 11.3-AMD64. I have a 64-bit Intel system; are these instructions only for AMD chips, or do they refer to something else?
install the drivers for the gt440 card. i have tried following the instructions on the SUSE web site but each time when my computer reboots i lose the display all together and all i get is a login prompt in the console,
I'm using a Dell Precision M65 portable workstation, often plugged to a docking station and with an external monitor attached. The graphic card is an nVidia Quadro FX 350M. I've been using openSUSE 11.2 until recently (with KDE 4.3.5). Then, during a routine update, the nVidia driver was upgraded from version 260.19.44 to 270.41.06. Desktop effects stopped working, and even after disabling them, some applications (presumably relying on direct rendering) do not work properly. I decided then to install openSUSE 11.4. The problems remain, with the additional issue that I can't switch anymore between the external monitor and the laptop display. I've tried several options using nvidia-settings; the original configuration when the system was working was "TwinView", "Cloned".
Direct rendering is still on: Code: phoebe:~ # glxinfo | grep -i rendering direct rendering: Yes but glxgears, for instance, while giving very high FPS, produces only a black window instead of the usual rotating gears.
The problem seems similar to the one cited here: openSUSE:Most annoying bugs 11.4 - openSUSE However, in my case, it appears with a driver newer than 270.29, so I am not sure this is the same issue. I also tried to follow the advices given here: SDB:NVIDIA troubleshooting - openSUSE without success.
I also noticed that my card (Quadro FX 350M) is no longer in the list of supported cards for that driver (the closest I could find is Quadro FX 360). But, again, it may not be relevant for this issue. So, at this stage I'm considering downgrading to the previous version of the driver (260.19.44). Before doing that, however, I thought to check for configuring options I may have missed.
Summary of HW/SW: Model: Dell Precision M65 CPU: Intel Core2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz Graphic Card: nVidia Quadro FX 350M Driver: NVIDIA 270.41.06 OS: Linux 220.127.116.11-0.5-desktop i686 [openSUSE 11.4 (i586)] + KDE 4.6.00 (4.6.0) "release 6"
The problem started with: Driver: NVIDIA 260.19.44 OS: Linux 18.104.22.168-0.8.1-desktop i586 [openSUSE 11.2 (i586)] + KDE 4.3.5 and were absent with: Driver: NVIDIA 260.19.44 OS: Linux 22.214.171.124-0.8.1-desktop i586 [openSUSE 11.2 (i586)] + KDE 4.3.5
dkms is a facility which lets you to install drivers as module and it'll compatible with kernel upgrade.Driver will live as its source code in system,so after each kernel upgrade , driver module will recompile itself to work properly with new kernel.I read about dkms , but I have no experience to configure it by myself. I want to install nvidia driver using dkms,but I don't know how and where I can find source code of nvidia driver.