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    Default Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    If you're new to Linux in general & Opensuse in particular this How to is for you.
    Now the 1st thing to read this first:
    SDB:Configuring graphics cards - openSUSE
    However if you're impatient as I was when I started here's the How To.

    Introduction:
    This how to will have screenshots so you'll know what to expect. It is from my own experience at installation, so you 'll have a good idea of how it's done.
    This is done in 3 parts.
    When you need to bring up a terminal (Konsole in KDE Terminal in Gnome,xfce) it'll have this:
    Code:
     CLI stuff here
    DO NOT copy & paste directly from any code as your username won't be the same as mine, I'm robbie you very likely are not.

    The How To:

    This part is done while you're still in nouveau
    1. Reboot your computer set it to nomodeset just like in this screenshot:

    2. If you haven't already get the Nvidia drivers from here:
    Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers
    In this case we're getting the 256.35 drivers. Save it to Download, leave it there.
    3.Open a terminal type in "su" without the quotes. As you type in your root password you'll see no dots after Password,this is a security feature not a problem.
    The font will turn red after you've entered your password. Red for root get it? what you'll get will look like this:
    Code:
    robbie@dapc:~> su
    Password:
    Now to blacklist nouveau once you are in as root that's what this means "#" as root do not type # into terminal!, now type this:
    Code:
     #  echo "blacklist nouveau" >> /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf
    press Enter close Terminal
    4.Open Yast go to System then go to the /etc/sysconfig Editor find then click the plus on System to expand it then find then click the plus on Kernel it should look like this:

    5.When you get there you'll see the value set to “no” just click on the no & delete it by backspacing
    then type in yes just like in the picture click through the OK's.
    6.With Yast still open Go to Software Management in the Search type then check to install the following: gcc
    make
    kernel
    After you type kernel in search in the pane to the right check to install kernel-source,kernel-sym,kernel-desktop & kernel-desktop- devel
    After step 7 this part is done on a black screen
    We are what we think.
    All that we are arises with our thoughts.
    With our thoughts we make the world.

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    As part 2 This post continues with step 7:
    7.Press Ctrl-AltF1 you'll get something like this:

    8.Type in your username 1st in my case that's robbie at the password prompt give your user password not root. It'll look like this:
    Code:
     dapc login:robbie
           Password:
    After that you'll see the Have a lot of fun
    9.Now type in su now at the prompt give your root password
    10.The font will now turn red type this:
    Code:
    init3
    11.If you kept the Nvidia drivers in Download type in something like this:
    Code:
     cd /home/robbie/Download
    Of course it'll be your username not mine & it'll look something like this:
    Code:
     Download _
    12.Now type in like so:
    Code:
    sh Nvidia-Linux-x86_64-256.35.run
    13.You should get this:

    14.Select Accept by using the arrow keys after you Accept click Enter
    15.Click through the yeses & OK's until you get this:

    16.Type reboot

    After your PC is back up & running You are now in Nvidia
    We are what we think.
    All that we are arises with our thoughts.
    With our thoughts we make the world.

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    As part 3 Now we set up the screen resolution:
    1. In KDE in Kickoff (kmenu) in Search type nvidia in Gnome in the slab type nvidia
    2. Click the Nvidia X Server Settings you'll get a big box with a lot of setting tools
    3. Select the X Server Display Configuration it'll look like this:

    A. set your screen resolution click Apply
    B. set your xorg.conf go to step 4
    4. When you click Save to X Configuration File you'll get this:

    5.In the box by default it will store it to you /etc/x11/xorg.conf Do Not click Save if you do it'll tell you ,you aren't root & have no permissions.
    6.Uncheck the Merge with existing file
    7. Change the /etc/x11/xorg.conf to /home/yourusername/xorg.conf like I did in the screenshot this'll put the xorg.conf in your /home
    8. Now open a terminal type in su give the root password & type this with your username
    Code:
     cp /home/robbie/xorg.conf /etc/X11
    there is a space between conf & /etc
    9. Restart your PC
    If all has gone well when your PC is back on you'll have the screen res of your choice.

    Acknowledgements:

    Thank you Romanator for the CLI blacklisting method.
    A Special thanks to oldcpu you & all your hard work that made these posts possible!
    Last edited by hcvv; 14-Jul-2010 at 11:52. Reason: took the liberty to change some BB code
    We are what we think.
    All that we are arises with our thoughts.
    With our thoughts we make the world.

    My 64 bit: Gateway 5670| Nvidia GeForce GT610 |CPU AMD Phenom 8400|4G RAM
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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Cheers Robbie, nice piece of work. I took the liberty to edit the above post, it contained some wrong "code" block, and "BOLD" instead of just "B".
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    ° Perfection is not gonna happen. No way.

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Sagemta View Post
    As part 3 Now we set up the screen resolution:
    7. Change the /etc/x11/xorg.conf to yourusername/home/xorg.conf like I did in the screenshot this'll put the xorg.conf in your /home
    please edit step 7. from yourusername/home/xorg.conf to /home/yourusername/xorg.conf for it to work

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Knurpht,
    Thanks for the fix, as you say in your sig Anything that can go wrong.... will teach us.
    We are what we think.
    All that we are arises with our thoughts.
    With our thoughts we make the world.

    My 64 bit: Gateway 5670| Nvidia GeForce GT610 |CPU AMD Phenom 8400|4G RAM
    Opensuse Tumbleweed Plasma 5

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Thanks Works for me... But it is bit of work

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Hi! I am a beginner, of course I had troubles with X (skype and more :d ) in this version of suse, but this tutorial works for me.
    Thank you! My desktop cube is spinning now

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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Hi all,

    Anyone know what's happened to the nVidia repo'?, the above looks like a major step backwards to me!

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Nvidia for Newbies part 1

    Quote Originally Posted by ashley194 View Post
    Hi all,

    Anyone know what's happened to the nVidia repo'?, the above looks like a major step backwards to me!

    Thanks.
    The nvidia repos still have to be filled for 11.3 (by Nvidia). Until then you can install the driver using the above method

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