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    Default nvidia-settings hangs

    Hi,

    Sometimes, running "nvidia-settings" will cause the whole desktop to freeze for about 5-10 seconds, spike the Xorg CPU usage up to 100%, until the settings appear where everything goes back to normal.

    Running "nvidia-settings" from a terminal does not show any output and restarting X does not help. Any ideas how to figure out what is happening, any places to look for log files?

    I am using an up-to-date openSUSE 11.3 (64-bit), KDE 4.5.2, an NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT and the proprietary NVIDIA driver 260.19.12, which I installed manually following the instructions from

    SDB:NVIDIA the hard way - openSUSE


    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Smile Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    So I don't know what the issue might be, but I am using the same driver, but I am not using KDE 4.5.2, but still with KDE 4.4.4. I have changed my nvidia-settings file to be started as root. You could try this to see if it helps at all. I use the command: kdesu nvidia-settings

    I might try this to see if permissions are the problem. It also allows you to save your configurations even when logged in as a normal user. Any way, it is just a thought for you to consider.

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    Default Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 08:06:02 +0530, jdmcdaniel3
    <jdmcdaniel3@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > So I don't know what the issue might be, but I am using the same driver,
    > but I am not using KDE 4.5.2, but still with KDE 4.4.4. I have changed
    > my nvidia-settings file to be started as root. You could try this to
    > see if it helps at all. I use the command: kdesu nvidia-settings
    >
    > I might try this to see if permissions are the problem. It also allows
    > you to save your configurations even when logged in as a normal user.
    > Any way, it is just a thought for you to consider.


    i'm also using KDE 4.5.2, and nvidia-settings works without delay, no
    matter if i run as root (kdesu) or normal user. i don't think the reason
    is either the KDE version nor root permissions; it's that darn nvidia
    driver trouble many have, and many don't. but trying via kdesu can't hurt,
    of course.

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    Default AW: Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    My system run's much smoother after changing to xorg 1.9 and kernel 2.6.36.
    Nvidia GTS 250 with 260.19.12 (64bit).


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    Default Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:06:02 +0530, kaiserhg
    <kaiserhg@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > My system run's much smoother after changing to xorg 1.9 and kernel
    > 2.6.36.
    > Nvidia GTS 250 with 260.19.12 (64bit).


    my experience is similar: a long time ago i used to have problems with the
    11.3 standard kernel & xorg, xorg using up to 100% of one CPU. those
    disappeared when i upgraded to the latest kernel from Kernel:/HEAD, and
    since then i haven't had any problems with nvidia proprietary drivers or
    xorg (still 1.8 at this time).

    but i seem to remember that also users of kernel 2.6.36 are among the
    sufferers of this nvidia-trouble with the latest driver, that's why i
    don't usually recommend upgrading to a later kernel...just don't know what
    causes the trouble with nvidia. suspecting it's hardware specific, but i
    might have something to do with the kernel as well.

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    Default Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    Thank you all for your replies. Unfortunately, running nvidia-settings with kdesu does not make any difference. The kernel I use is 2.6.34. maybe I should consider updating to 2.6.36...

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    Default Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:06:02 +0530, linuxfever
    <linuxfever@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    > Thank you all for your replies. Unfortunately, running nvidia-settings
    > with kdesu does not make any difference. The kernel I use is 2.6.34.
    > maybe I should consider updating to 2.6.36...
    >
    >


    if you know what you're doing and have a reasonably fast internet
    connection, there's no harm in trying. but if you're installing the video
    driver from the ~.run file, you'll have to download kernel-source and
    kernel-dev as well; quite a few MBs. as far as i'm aware, nobody really
    knows what causes these nvidia bugs, and for some people it does work.

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    Default Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    Let's say I install the new kernel. Will I be able to switch between the current and the new kernel at boot?

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    Default Re: nvidia-settings hangs

    On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:06:01 +0530, linuxfever
    <linuxfever@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    > Let's say I install the new kernel. Will I be able to switch between the
    > current and the new kernel at boot?
    >
    >


    if you put "multiversion = provides:multiversion(kernel)" into
    /etc/zypp/zypp.conf, yes. (search for 'multi' in the file; there's an
    explanation with example in there). after enabling this, you can in yast's
    software manager choose which kernel versions you want to install or
    un-install. this is also supposed to update your /boot/grub/menu.lst, but
    it's always a good idea to check that manually before re-booting. this
    really is meant for people who know what they're doing in this regard; if
    not, you're likely to run into trouble.

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