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    Unhappy need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    Hi all below ill post what i have done so far, after all that i still get a black screen after rebooting, so im runing on x11 failsafe.

    1) Installed development tools and sources needed for nvidia kernel module build.
    Checked what type of kernel i have and installed all the components below with all the dependencies they pull in.

    # uname -r
    2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop
    # zypper install gcc make kernel-desktop-devel kernel-devel

    2) Added nomodeset into /boot/grub/menu.lst

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title Desktop -- openSUSE 11.4 - 2.6.37.1-1.2
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD300LJ_S0D7J1UL503503-part1 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD300LJ_S0D7J1UL503503-part4 splash=silent quiet showopts vga=0x346 nomodeset
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.37.1-1.2-desktop

    3) Set NO_KMS_IN_INITRD to Yes in /etc/sysconfig/kernel

    # grep NO_KMS_IN_INITRD /etc/sysconfig/kernel
    NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"

    4) Added blacklist nouveau to /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf

    # grep nouveau /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf
    blacklist nouveau

    5) Rebuild initrd and rebooted

    # mkinitrd
    # reboot

    6) After reboot switched to run level 3, login as root (or as user and su to root)

    # init 3
    login: root
    password:
    #

    7) Install the NVIDIA driver, run nvidia-xconfig (the -X option) and reboot

    # sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-260.19.44.run -aqX
    # reboot


    HELP PLEASE!!! im on vesa graphics LOL

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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    Quote Originally Posted by tuguix View Post
    HELP PLEASE!!! im on vesa graphics LOL
    Once the proprietary driver is built, there should be no need for nomodeset in the /boot/grub/menu.lst. In fact, that will likely make things worse after the proprietary driver is built and installed. Remove it.

    Also, do you have any left over /etc/X11/xorg.conf file? If so, remove it (back it up some where).

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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    last time i took that file off i had kernel panic all the time...

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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    Quote Originally Posted by tuguix View Post
    last time i took that file off i had kernel panic all the time...
    Last time you took that off did you have Set NO_KMS_IN_INITRD to Yes in /etc/sysconfig/kernel ?

    Note also 'nomodeset' can always be applied as a grub boot code ... ensuring a boot is still possible in case that kernel panic problem still exitis.

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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    yes i did, then restore back old xorg and it was ok

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    Smile Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    So tuguix, I do load the 64 bit nVIDIA proprietary video driver all of the time. I do normally add the nomodeset kernel command and the NO_KMS-IN_INITRD=yes and I have not been blacklisting the nouveau driver, but all seems to load OK for me. I must ask if this openSUSE 11.4 install is 32 or 64 bit, but based on the NVIDIA driver it looks to be 32 bit. The 64 bit driver is called NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.44.run. Further, are you using KDE or the GNOME desktop? My suggestion is if you are able to run 64 bit software, then dump the 32 bit stuff which is not working for you and go 64 bit and then see what you get.

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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    Quote Originally Posted by tuguix View Post
    7) Install the NVIDIA driver, run nvidia-xconfig (the -X option) and reboot

    # sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-260.19.44.run -aqX
    If 32-bit you could try the 270.30 beta driver: 270.30 (beta) for Linux x86/x86_64 released - nV News Forums

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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    Jump up to the 270.xx beta. I think its up to at least 270.29. Get it from the Nvidia site and install it the hard way. I tried every suggestion on the entire internet to get 260.19 to work with my GS 7600 card and nothing helped. The 270.xx beta driver worked with none of the tweaks you are trying.
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    Default Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    running opensuse 11.4 32bit, how can i remove old drivers?

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    Smile Re: need help installing nvidia 8400 GS drivers on opensuse 11.4

    To uninstall the nVIDIA driver when loaded the hard way you would use the run option --uninstall in place of the -aqX you were using to install the driver.

    Thank You,
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