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    Default NVIDEA-Drivers

    Hi Folks !

    Since the installation of the openSuse 11.3 months ago,I did no backup,

    so I decided,to make a new installation.
    All went fine,but what makes me a little insecure,is,that I now stick on the
    NVIDEA 260.19.29.
    In several posts here,I read about problems with the 260.x.x-version,so I thought,
    I was on the right side with the 256.x.x-version.
    I tried at once,to change back to the older version,but I did not find it anymore.
    Are the problems solved,can I savely use this now with 11.3 and KDE 4.4 on 64 bit?
    If not,from where can I get the 256.x.x-version ?

    Greetings !


    lostinspace

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostinspace View Post
    Hi Folks !

    Since the installation of the openSuse 11.3 months ago,I did no backup,

    so I decided,to make a new installation.
    All went fine,but what makes me a little insecure,is,that I now stick on the
    NVIDEA 260.19.29.
    In several posts here,I read about problems with the 260.x.x-version,so I thought,
    I was on the right side with the 256.x.x-version.
    I tried at once,to change back to the older version,but I did not find it anymore.
    Are the problems solved,can I savely use this now with 11.3 and KDE 4.4 on 64 bit?
    If not,from where can I get the 256.x.x-version ?

    Greetings !


    lostinspace
    Most (if not all) of the problems reported about 260.x.x seem to be on 32-bit. (I do have some light probs with 260.x.x on 64-bit, but I am more and more doubtful that that is what what others experience).


    To install the 256.x.x driver you either need to

    - do it the so-called hard way. Which is not that hard at all.
    Have a look here: SDB:NVIDIA the hard way - openSUSE
    or here: Nvidia for Newbies part 1
    for instructions. ETA: Link to 256.53 64-bit: NVIDIA DRIVERS 256.53 Certified

    - use packages supplied by forum users. Please_try_again and Ypnose were so kind to upload 32-bit and 64-bit versions to file hosting sites. Check especially the latter pages of the thread NVIDIA 260.19 Issues for links.

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    I can attest that using openSUSE 11.3 64 bit does work with the nVIDIA 260.19.36 driver. I have not seen the problems that are supposed to occur with 32 bit, but I have not loaded any PC with 32 bit as they all support 64 bit OS installation. Now you can add the nVIDIA repository, search on nVIDIA in YaST Software Management and install just two files and get close to a recent nVIDIA driver and it will not need to be reloaded as long as you update the kernel only within a 2.6.34 version.

    Or, you can install the nVIDIA driver the Hard Way, as it is called obtained from the following site:

    Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

    I happen to have a script file you can use to install the most recent nVIDIA driver The Hard Way posted here:

    LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3

    The script is called lnvhw and message #12 has the most recent version of the script file. If you have not just updated your kernel, which you would need to reboot, you can enter runlevel 3, needed to load the driver, as follows. Open a terminal Session and type:

    Code:
    su -
    password:
    init 3 
    root
    password:
    lnvhw
    You do not type the word password, but rather you type in the root password in response to the password prompt. You can only use that last command if you have got the lnvhw script file on your PC.

    Thank You,
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    Lord_Emsworth , jdmsdaniel3 !

    Thanks for your quick responses !
    Tell me,how can I check,if there may be potential problems ?
    Just tested with the Plasma-analogclock,it works.Are 3d-games
    a good challenge,or what will bring the driver to its limit ?

    Greetings !

    lostinspace

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    Lord_Emsworth , jdmsdaniel3 !

    Thanks for your quick responses !
    Tell me,how can I check,if there may be potential problems ?
    Just tested with the Plasma-analogclock,it works.Are 3d-games
    a good challenge,or what will bring the driver to its limit ?

    Greetings !

    lostinspace
    Normally, playing any sort of video full screen will tell you if it is working, though your multimedia setup also must be correct. Games also work, but openGL ones would be best. I would guess any Windows games you could play in Wine would be a way of checking, but I am not into games much myself.

    Thank You,
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    Howdy,

    Note that depending on your hardware, the free driver may work better than the Nvidia driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostinspace View Post
    [SIZE=3]Hi Folks !
    I was on the right side with the 256.x.x-version.
    I tried at once,to change back to the older version,but I did not find it anymore.
    Are the problems solved,can I savely use this now with 11.3 and KDE 4.4 on 64 bit?
    If not,from where can I get the 256.x.x-version ?
    260.x.x is OK on 64 bit.
    Otherwise, to download 32 bit 256.x.x ....
    Code:
     wget "$(wget -O - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NTIFE4G9 | sed -n 's/.*\(http.*53\.zip\)".*/\1/p')"
    Wie auch immer, abschleifen, Farbe drauf ...

    * Careful: there is a blank space in the archive name.

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    Default Re: NVIDEA-Drivers

    We have 4 PCs at home with nVidia hardware and openSUSE-11.3.

    One is so old (nVidia FX5200 graphics) it does not use the 260.x.x driver, but rather uses a legacy driver. It also runs LXDE and hence does not have the problems noted with nvidia graphic driver.

    Of the other 3, they all use the 260.x.x driver on openSUSE-11.3 with KDE-4.4.4 :
    • Two are 64-bit openSUSE-11.3 (nVidia GTX260 and a G210 graphics) with the proprietary 260.x.x driver and being 64-bit they do not have this problem.
    • The last one is a 32-bit openSUSE-11.3 with the very latest 260.x.x driver and it does have some hiccups. It has a PCI (not PCI-e) GeForce 8400 GS and to start amarok I need to use the code "strace amarok" and I had to re-install VirtualBox to overcome a "floating point error". There are also other minor hiccups with this driver. But none of them are thus far blocking for using this 32-bit PC with openSUSE-11.3. I note with the nVidia 260.x.x proprietary graphic driver with VDPAU and mplayer I can play HD videos of a very high resolution and bit rate, where such videos will bring a much faster Dual Core PC to its knees (assuming that Dual Core does not have HD Acceleration of videos).

    So it is not all bad news with the 260.x.x driver. A lot depends on how you plan to use your PC.

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    Hello all !

    Sorry for the blowed-up font !I had a new installation,and have to resize the
    system/browser-fonts.But late at night,I didn't get the consequence of enlarging
    the font for the readability !

    Greetings !

    lostinspace

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    Hello hermanab !

    With the 256.x.x,I had an significant improvement in relation to the Nouveau
    one,I had before !
    So I think,the NVIDEA-drivers are the right choice for me.

    Greetings !

    lostinspace

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