Configuring a NVIDIA graphics chip for SuSE-OpenSuSE 11.0

Author(s)

Bill Giannikos

Introduction

This guide will help you configure the proprietary nvidia module under SuSE-OpenSuSE 11.0. I will not be covering the open source nv module included with Xorg because its configuration is normally handled automatically by OpenSUSE.

Licensing Issues

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.

Notes

While this guide is mainly focused to laptop users there isn't any difference for desktop users.

Prerequisites

You should run a full update for your SuSE installation to ensure you have all the latest packages installed.

Installing the NVIDIA driver

SuSE 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 SuSE 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 SuSE to use the nvidia driver.

sax2 -r

4. Reboot

You should now be using the NVIDIA driver.

Troubleshooting

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:

sax2 -r

This will switch you back to the nvidia driver.


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configuring_a_nvidia_graphics_chip_for_suse-opensuse_11.0.txt · Last modified: 2009/02/12 04:06 by billg
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