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    Question How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    Intel Corp. Pentium III (Coppermine)
    *processor : 0
    *stepping : 6
    *cpu MHz : 996.908
    *cache size : 256 KB
    *bogomips : 1993.81
    *clflush size : 32
    processor : 1
    *stepping : 6
    *cpu MHz : 996.908
    *cache size : 256 KB
    *bogomips : 1993.79
    clflush size : 32
    Graphics Card: Nvidia RIVA TNT2/TNT2 Pro
    Monitor: Philips 109B (109B2)

    (on /dev/sda)
    OpenSUSE 11.1 (Gnome desktop); Ffx 3.5.3
    (on /dev/sdb)
    PCLINUXOS 2009 (KDE desktop); Ffx 3.5.3; Konqueror 3.5.4
    [OpenSUSE 11.0 (broken)]

    I don't see the driver (NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run) that the Nvidia website matches with my graphics card listed at the OpenSUSE.org one-click site. Do I go with what nvidia-legacy-ymp offers or do I try to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run. If the latter, then how do I install it?

    Newbie-me is real nervous about attempting to accomplish the Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users. The howto says to let Yast perform the install; but, so far, I can't get Yast to give me that option..

    Since I've heard that it is presumptuous to thank someone in advance; let me just say that, as always, any help that might be given me would be much appreciated.

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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    Remove any nvidia repos and packages from there.
    If you have the file downloaded from nvidia - follow this:

    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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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    I am flabbergasted over having been stupid enough to have repeated the very same mistake I made in * openSUSE Forums > Install/Boot/Login How to restore normal GUI?

    When I went to (try) to put the downloaded driver in /home/randall, right click gave me the option to have it installed so I made that selection. But software mananger said it isn't an rpm file. So I searched OpenSuse. org for: (rpm files) NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.36-pkg1.run and got no hits. So I had Heapr.com search for the same -- only got one hit: my own OpenSuse. org search. So I tried following your directions. No luck.

    So I thought, well maybe it doesn't come in a rpm version. By then I'd started to get frustrated and decided to just go with what OpenSuse. org's one click site offers. And that, in short, is the same mistake I made before.

    All I have on /dev/sda is OpenSUSE, so PCLOS (on /dev/sdb) is unharmed. That's what I'm using now. [By the way, PCLINUXOS uses rpm files, too. Will the presence of my broken OpenSUSE 11.0 on the same hard drive corrupt PCLINUXOS? The folks at the PCLINUXOS forums urge "NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, have more than one repository open at one time!" (I'm wondering if using rpm files is sort of like playing bass, treble, and midrange all out of one speaker?)]

    So, anyway, I suppose the only thing for me to do (as soon as I can get back on my computer) is to try out all the advice that was given me at How to restore normal GUI? and at a similar thread at LinuxQuestions.org. I already know that startx doesn't work. When I boot, just before the login prompt, it says:
    fatal server error no screens found
    giving up
    xinit: connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to server
    xinit: no such process (errno 3): Server error.

    I'd kept the broken 11.0 with intentions of learning to fix it. Oh, well. I don't want to downgrade 11.1 to 11.0 because then I'd lose all my files and downloads. As it is; I may not be able to get to them, but I do still have them. I haven't learned to back up my files because I used up all my blank CDs burning Ubuntu live CDs -- none which will install.

    Any help you can give me will be deeply appreciated. Cheers!

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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    I can't really say about repos in PCLOS.
    As far as you are concerned. To install the driver manually my directions apply.

    The driver is not a .rpm
    It's a shell script and needs to be installed outside X and as the instructions show, in level 3.
    You didn't say what happened when you tried to install it! If you boot to level 3, which you can do - regardless, type: yast once you have logged in as root.
    Make sure linux-kernel-headers is installed and remove the repo's added for nvidia.

    Quit yast and try the install again
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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    The driver is in home/randall/documents. Does that matter that it's not just /home/randall? I tried it with both cd /home/randall and cd /home/randall/documents. The tab (auto complete) following sh NVIDIA never worked all, so I just typed out sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run.

    The NVIDIA-Legacy.ymp is what I installed from the OpenSUSE.org website. I'll boot back into 11.1 and see if I can find a zypper command to see it that sucker is still there. Would uninstalling it help.

    The NVIDIA website's how to for installing a NVIDIA driver on OpenSUSE 11.1 (if memory serves me correctly) calls for something like stopping the x server, unloading the kernel, and rebuilding a new one. It spooked me right on away from there. I'll try your instructions again.

    Now, I think (my memory is hazy here) I may have deleted the NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run file after software manager said it wasn't a rpm file and kept the NVIDIA-Legacy.ymp download instead. I don't know what made me think it would turn out different this time. I'm really tired of doing reinstalls every time something breaks down. I really want to see my current 11.1 back up.

    Well, thanks for your patience with me.

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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    There is no need to do re-installs. That's a M$ phenomenon.

    This driver is an old one for an old GPU isn't it.
    I find it rather strange that TAB isn't auto completing. I have done this so many times and it has never failed to work.
    The location of the driver should not matter.

    Have a look here: Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users

    The whole page may help. I think that will link you to your driver section??
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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    I must have done something wrong when I tried it before because I don't remember seeing a red prompt. But this time, just as I was trying your directions again and saw the red prompt, I remembered something someone had said about a red prompt at LinuxQuestions.org. Here it is:

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    nv with sax2...

    Assuming that you are in a console mode, that is the X window manager is stopped, and there is a prompt.

    Type your login name and password. That will take you in as a user. Next, type "su" and give your root password. You should see a red prompt.

    Type "sax2 -r -m 0=nv" That should configure the graphic system and install the "nv" module. Thereafter type "init 5" and you should get a desktop as user.
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    So that's what I did. I didn't have to type init 5 -- didn't get that far. When I typed sax2 -r -m 0=nv and hit enter, it took me straight to the Sax2: X11 Configuration window (Yast Control Center>Graphics card and monitor) for testing and save reconfiguration based on Sax2 suggestions. Back when I had the same problem with 11.1 before, I'd already downgraded to 11.0 by accident before the above was posted. So I'd never had a chance to try it out.

    By the way, I'm doing this post on my resurrected 11.1. I guess it's safe to try to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run since I presume the above directions will work again if it don't work out.

    Any way, thank you very much for your help and perseverence. I'll keep you posted.

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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    Good luck friend!
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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    cd /home/username
    *Now remember you can use the {TAB} key to auto complete
    so type:
    sh NVIDIA{TAB}

    Is the above one line, or do I hit enter after username and start over for sh . . . ?

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    Default Re: How to install NVIDIA- Linux-x86-71.86.11.pkg1.run?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randymanme View Post
    cd /home/username
    *Now remember you can use the {TAB} key to auto complete
    so type:
    sh NVIDIA{TAB}

    Is the above one line, or do I hit enter after username and start over for sh . . . ?
    cd /home/randall

    the above will ensure you are in the directory of the driver

    then

    sh NVIDIA

    after typing the above part hit the tab button, it should autocomplete
    then hit enter and accept yes (you mave to move to yes) on everything
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