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    Default Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    I want to enable the desktop effects (such as smooth minimising, smooth viewport switching, etc) but it says that "Desktop effects are not supported on your current hardware / configuration. Would you like to activate them anyway?"

    My first question is how do I check to make sure whether the NVIDIA drivers are enabled or not? (I know they're on the system, since 'NVIDIA X Server Settings' is in the list of applications).

    My second question is how do I activate these drivers?

    Note that I don't have root access, since I'm using a university machine, so I can't edit the xorg.conf or anything like that.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    My first question is how do I check to make sure whether the NVIDIA drivers are enabled or not? (I know they're on the system, since 'NVIDIA X Server Settings' is in the list of applications).
    See if this helps:

    openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users

    This command may reveal the active graphics driver, but it may not be conclusive:

    Code:
    /usr/share/hwinfo --gfxcard
    Note that I don't have root access, since I'm using a university machine, so I can't edit the xorg.conf or anything like that.
    That will be problematic then.

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    In the terminal it says that /usr/share/hwinfo is a directory. There are 2 files in there, ISDN.CDB.txt and ISDN.CDB.hwdb. I've tried the same command on those files, but it says permission denied.
    I had a look at the graphic card practical theory guide, and came across this command:
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep '('II')'' 'NVIDIA

    Here is the output:
    [ 31.376] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module 256.53 Fri Aug 27 20:50:26 PDT 2010
    [ 32.660] (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver 256.53 Fri Aug 27 20:29:45 PDT 2010
    [ 32.660] (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
    [ 32.711] (II) NVIDIA(0): Creating default Display subsection in Screen section
    [ 32.711] (II) NVIDIA(0): Support for GLX with the Damage and Composite X extensions is
    [ 32.711] (II) NVIDIA(0): enabled.
    [ 33.379] (II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce 6150 LE (C51) at PCI:0:5:0 (GPU-0)
    [ 33.379] (II) NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Device: DFP-0
    [ 33.380] (II) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
    [ 33.380] (II) NVIDIA(0): "nvidia-auto-select"
    [ 33.380] (II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1680 x 1050
    [ 33.381] (II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized GPU GART.
    [ 33.384] (II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "nvidia-auto-select"
    [ 33.548] (II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized OpenGL Acceleration
    [ 33.584] (II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized X Rendering Acceleration
    [ 33.587] (II) NVIDIA(0): [DRI2] Setup complete

    Does that mean the NVIDIA proprietary driver is being used or not? Is there not a single terminal command I can use to see what graphics driver I'm using?

    Thanks for the help

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    Default Re: Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    protolocke wrote:

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    > Does that mean the NVIDIA proprietary driver is being used or not? Is
    > there not a single terminal command I can use to see what graphics
    > driver I'm using?
    >

    You can try

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    glxinfo | grep vendor
    or more verbose without the grep and look at the vendor and version output.

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    Default Re: Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    /usr/share/hwinfo --gfxcard is a typo of deano-ferrari. It should be
    Code:
    /usr/sbin/hwinfo --gfxcard
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    glxinfo | grep vendor
    This gave me:
    Code:
    server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
    client glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
    OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
    So I guess I am using the NVIDIA driver. But why is it that my video display is sluggish and that I can't activate desktop effects without it saying that the desktop effects aren't supported on my hardware setup?

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    Default Re: Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    protolocke wrote:

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    > So I guess I am using the NVIDIA driver. But why is it that my video
    > display is sluggish and that I can't activate desktop effects without it
    > saying that the desktop effects aren't supported on my hardware setup?
    >

    You run the proprietary driver, I do not really know why your system is
    sluggish, but I had the same message when I activated desktop effects on my
    notebook with OS 11.3 with nvidia (but the message is wrong there is a
    thread somewhere which shows that others had this too with gnome but that
    this message does not reflect reality), simply activate them even if it
    tells you that they are not supported it should work without problems with
    nvidia.

    I checked your card NVIDIA GPU GeForce 6150 LE at nvidia.com and the driver
    version you have (256.53) is the recommeded one.

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    Default Re: Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    /usr/share/hwinfo --gfxcard is a typo of deano-ferrari. It should be
    Thanks for the correction Henk. Yes, it was late, and I was tired. The other results suggest all is ok to me.

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    Default Re: Can I enable NVIDIA drivers without root access?

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    Thanks for the correction Henk. Yes, it was late, and I was tired. The other results suggest all is ok to me.
    I am glad all is OK with you.
    We all make those silly typos from time to time. We Forum contributers are thouroughly overworked I guess.
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