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    Dekkon0 NNTP User

    Default Could you guys make it any hard to install a Nvidia driver?

    Sorry, this isn't usually how I would like to write my first post on this site but this is irritating me.

    Opensuse 11.1 64bit/KDE 4.3 Mesa Driver Nvidia 9500

    As someone who vaguely knows there way around the console, this is puzzling me. I've installed Kernel-source, and everyother dependency and still I get compiling errors on some header file. I would take a screenshot, but yet, I have to be in the console to do anything.

    I see the many benefits of Linux, and would really like to migrate over but really you guys are asking for alot.

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    Default Re: Could you guys make it any hard to install a Nvidia driv

    Not impressed with your post

    Here you go:

    Alright so here is how to install the nvidia driver manually, in case the one in the repo doesn't work or u just want to use the latest.
    Go to Yast>Software>Software Management
    Search for and install if you don't have these

    make
    gcc
    kernel-source

    Now download the latest Nvidia driver:
    Place the file in your /home/username
    Now restart and at the boot screen, pause the boot by moving the down button, then move back up and clear any text in the boot arguments by holding backspace. Then just type the number: 3
    At the login
    Type "root" then enter and then your root password and press enter.
    now type
    cd /home/username
    *Now remember you can use the {TAB} key to auto complete
    so type:
    sh NVIDIA{TAB}
    and the whole file name should auto complete
    eg: sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.36-pkg1.run
    Follow the installer and let it compile the kernel module for you.
    Say Yes to everything
    Use TAB to move around
    reboot
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    Dekkon0 NNTP User

    Default Re: Could you guys make it any hard to install a Nvidia driv

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Not impressed with your post

    Here you go:
    Neither was I.

    I was following the instructions here: NVIDIA/The hard way - openSUSE

    which look very similar to yours. Also, Thanks for telling me about the {TAB} trick, didn't know that. I'm gonna install the 32bit of opensuse and take that route, as I feel I might have a few more problems with software, such as Flash, not opensuse's fault; I understand that.

    Thanks for your help,
    and I apologize for my post.

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    Default Re: Could you guys make it any hard to install a Nvidia driver?

    Dekkon0 wrote:
    > caf4926;2041930 Wrote:
    >> Not impressed with your post
    >>
    >> Here you go:

    >
    > Neither was I.
    >
    > I was following the instructions here: 'NVIDIA/The hard way - openSUSE'
    > (http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA/The_hard_way)
    >
    > which look very similar to yours. Also, Thanks for telling me about the
    > {TAB} trick, didn't know that. I'm gonna install the 32bit of
    > opensuse and take that route, as I feel I might have a few more problems
    > with software, such as Flash, not opensuse's fault; I understand that.
    >
    > Thanks for your help,
    > and I apologize for my post.


    The real problem is nVidia's refusal to make their specs/code open
    source. Do you really need 3D acceleration? I have two machines with
    nVidia grachics cards. One needs acceleration - the second does not. I
    do kernel development on the latter and change kernels regularly
    without a single problem.

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    Default Re: Could you guys make it any hard to install a Nvidia driver?

    > and I apologize for my post.

    good move... -welcome-

    may i please try to help by simply saying: relax..

    give yourself the time and patience to work though the process with
    deliberate ease..

    i'm no technical guru (but i have been using non-MS software for years
    and therefore find following instructions not so terribly frightening
    or difficult and therefore say) in my opinion, the 'hard way' is not
    so hard..

    tedious, muti-stepped and lots different places to make a
    mistake...but, "hard" nope...digging a ditch with a hand shovel is
    hard work, but not "hard"..

    you can do it...don't rush...and, maybe you don't actually need to do
    it "the hard way"

    http://en.opensuse.org/Nvidia has a section called the easy way (which
    is not) and "The Repository Way" which is not hard, and "The Hard Way"
    which is complicated, but not hard...and in my opinion is _THE_ way to
    go is "The Repository Way"
    <http://en.opensuse.org/Nvidia#The_repository_way>

    try it...it has the added advantage of NOT having to go through all
    the pain every time the kernel changes...a GREAT advantage in my
    experience...[if you search the fora on black screen kernel update
    you will see all the horror that can happen when you elect either the
    'easy way' or the 'hard way'..]

    ymmv

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