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    When I attempt to open the XBMC player, it pops an error saying that it needs a hardware accelerated openGl driver. I went to the download page indicated in the sticky for configuring a graphics card, and ran the driver that appeared to be for my card (GTX 460 SC) with Kpackage, and it appeared to install properly, but XBMC continues to squawk as before. What do I need to do to fix this?

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    So I am thinking you need to read about the many ways one might load an nVIDIA video driver and the settings one must use for the driver to work. As you read, you will find links to loading the video driver, the hard way, which is how I do it. But, before you take any other steps, read the following guide.

    SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE

    There is the one click way, the repository way and the hard way. Here is a link for the hard way:

    SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE The hard way

    Please, I ask that you read through the three methods before you decide on the way you wish to use. While I use the hard way, if you stick with the current kernel version and only upgrade when there is a security update, I would look at using the repository method. Once you know what these methods are from reading, then ask more questions on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
    When I attempt to open the XBMC player, it pops an error saying that it needs a hardware accelerated openGl driver.
    I would try to find out what "hardware accelerated openGL driver" means.

    My experience is when playing a multimedia (video) file with a multimedia player, the 'xv' video output mode tends to work best. But there are typically other selections with most players.

    As for hardware acceleration of video, it is possible with the proprietary nvidia video driver (and with certain applications) to offload the decoding of the video from the CPU to GPU using in Linux something referred to as 'vdpau'. The GTX 460 SC you have definitely supports vdpau with the proprietary nvidia driver.

    But your XBMC refers to an openGL accelerated driver, and I do not know what it is refering to. Definitely vdpau is NOT openGL. A surf on 'xbmc' and 'accelerated openGL driver' may be in order.

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    After using the "easy" method to install the driver, it seemed okay, except that XBMC didn't like it any better, and when I rebooted, I can no longer reach desktop. It just displays the text mode, which I assume is called init 3, even though it says that it has reached init 5. I feel sure that the Nvidia driver is the cause of this, so how do I fix things now, without a totally new install of Suse? I tried to use the upgrade install, like I had done previously for a different problem, but that option is now grayed out.

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    Are you certain you are stuck in a text mode?

    Did you try the boot code 'x11failsafe' or simply boot with the FailSafe boot mode option ?

    If you are stuck in a 'text' mode you can still (with root permissions) run a text mode 'yast' and search for and uninstall any proprietary driver rpm. Typically they have the character sequence 'rpm' in the file name.

    To list any installed rpms with nvidia in the rpm name simply type (as a regular user) :
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    rpm -qa '*vidia*'
    that will give you a list of rpms, most of which you can uninstall to remove the driver.

    To see what rpms you installed in chronological order you can type as a regular user:
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    rpm -qa --last | less
    To restart from text mode you can type with root permissions:
    Code:
    shutdown -r now
    and to halt you can type with root permissions
    Code:
    shutdown -h now

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    That was easy, as far as x11failsafe goes. I'm now at a windowed desktop. I have to confess that I'm pretty shy, when it comes to using text commands or terminals, so I tried to use YaST, but didn't find anything that seemed to give me access to the Nvidia driver. I did try entering SAX2 in the terminal, but it didn't seem to understand what I wanted. Since I am in a graphical environment, can you give me an easy method to proceed?

    EDIT: I did get this:

    wallwalker@linux:~> rpm -qa '*vidia*'
    nvidia-gfx-kmp-desktop-96.43.19_k2.6.37.1_1.2-25.1.x86_64
    nvidia-settings-270.29-0.pm.1.8.x86_64
    x11-video-nvidia-96.43.19-26.1.x86_64
    wallwalker@linux:~>
    But now that I got it, I don't know what to do with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
    That was easy, as far as x11failsafe goes. I'm now at a windowed desktop.
    You are likely now running the incredibly low performance FBDEV graphic driver. Its main 'claim to fame' is it is very compatible, but its performance is low.

    Presumeably you want to go back to the nv or nouveau graphic driver, and possibly try to get the proprietary video driver working on a 2nd attempt.

    Quote Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
    EDIT: I did get this:
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     wallwalker@linux:~> rpm -qa '*vidia*'
     nvidia-gfx-kmp-desktop-96.43.19_k2.6.37.1_1.2-25.1.x86_64
     nvidia-settings-270.29-0.pm.1.8.x86_64
     x11-video-nvidia-96.43.19-26.1.x86_64
    Then those are the three rpms you should remove.

    Quote Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
    I have to confess that I'm pretty shy, when it comes to using text commands or terminals, so I tried to use YaST, but didn't find anything that seemed to give me access to the Nvidia driver.
    Go to YaST > Software > Software management > search and type 'nvidia' and you should see the same 3 rpms. Mark them for de-installation and uninstall them.

    When you reboot after this you should go to the nouveau or nv driver (dependant on what you did BEFORE you attempted the nvidia driver install).

    You may wish to read some basic theory on graphic cards: openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users

    and for openSUSE-11.4 graphic card install : SDB:Configuring graphics cards - openSUSE

    Quote Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
    I did try entering SAX2 in the terminal, but it didn't seem to understand what I wanted.
    Sax2 was removed from openSUSE some time back. SuSE-GmbH noted it was mostly broken in many parts and asked for community volunteers to maintain because they SuSE-GmbH could not maintain it. The community did not step up to the plate to take over the job. So Sax2 was dropped.

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    I did get what I think that is needed, but I'm still uncertain which to uninstall. I would have uploaded a screenshot, but I don't see that option on the reply window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
    I did get what I think that is needed, but I'm still uncertain which to uninstall. I would have uploaded a screenshot, but I don't see that option on the reply window.
    Simply post the image on ImageBam - Fast, Free Image Hosting and Photo Sharing and post the link to the image here.

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    Okay, I didn't feel that I knew what I was doing, but I uninstalled those 3 lines, and rebooted, and did reach desktop without any problems, so that part of my conundrum is solved...thanks.

    As far as the original issue with the hardware accelerated openGL driver, I did notice a section of the description of the driver available directly from the Nvidia website talking about that, but it seems that it requires using some terminal commands to install it, and I have no idea of how to do it.

    EDIT: Oh wow!, I just tried XBMC again, and this time it started without squawking, so I guess that so of the things that got downloaded, when I uninstalled those things we were talking about, must have given it hardware acceleration opengl ability.

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