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This guide will help you configure the proprietary nvidia module under openSUSE 11.1. I will not be covering the open source nv module included with Xorg because its configuration is normally handled automatically by openSUSE.
NVIDIA provide their own license for their driver. You will need to read and accept this license before proceeding. You can read this license here.
While this guide is mainly focused to laptop users there isn't any difference for desktop users.
It is highly recommended that you first run a full update for your openSUSE installation to ensure you have all the latest packages installed.
openSUSE provides a very easy way of installing the NVIDIA driver. All you need to do is click on the following link and follow the on screen instructions:
Install NVIDIA driver via 1-click
or if you need to use the legacy driver for older card use the following:
Install NVIDIA legacy driver via 1-click
And to configure openSUSE to use this driver follow these steps:
1. Load up a terminal window if you are in the graphic interface.
2. Switch to the root user by entering the command “su -” (without the quotes) and typing in your root password
3. Run the following command, his should detect and automatically configure openSUSE to use the nvidia driver.
You should now be using the NVIDIA driver.
Normally after installing the nvidia driver with the steps above your xorg.conf file should have automatically been updates to use the newer driver. If this did not happen or for some reason it has reverted then, as root, enter the following command:
This will switch you back to the nvidia driver.