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    Thumbs up SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    I just post this to help many user ask in irc....

    First download nvidia driver Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

    be sure Repo opensuse 12.1 source is enabled

    open terminal type su
    put password

    then type
    zypper install gcc make automake autoconf kernel-source kernel-syms

    when that finish type
    echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf

    then close window

    open yast>bootloader

    edit opensuse 12.1

    you will see
    splash=silent quiet showopts

    then add nomodeset like this
    splash=silent quiet nomodeset showopts

    click accept and close

    reboot machine choose failsafe

    when come to command enter user name and pass
    then cd /Downloads

    type dir to see the nvidia you just download "optional"

    now type su and password

    then type sh NVIDIA"filename"
    easy to type sh NVIDI then hit tab key then click enter

    this will start the NVIDIA install

    when finish reboot and have lots of fun!!!

    if anyone wants clean up this howto feel free i just put for many user i see in irc have trouble this method works for both kde and gnome 3

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    Default Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    Many thanks. A few missing details though. I use autologin at the moment myself. I needed to log out and select correct session without X. What failsafe is is kind of blurry. Perhaps it depends on how experienced you are with Linux. Failsafe should really be "without X"? Failsafe selection during bootup still loads X.
    I'll take notes next time I will compile (should be soon after release of 12.1)

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    Smile Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    The suggested blacklisting method now is to do the following:

    Code:
    echo "blacklist nouveau" >> /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf
    You can read it directly from nVIDIA here: SDB:NVIDIA the hard way - openSUSE

    I have a blog on the subject here: Installing the nVIDIA Video Driver the Hard Way - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

    <and>

    A script file to help install the driver the heard way here: LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3 - Version 1.10 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

    Thank You,
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    Default Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    Thanks for replies, however point out 2 thing, first if you blacklist and add nomodeset like i tell, when you boot failsafe will notstartx because cannot start x

    2nd, that nvidia howto is for 11.4 while it is similar to this method, seems to be drawn out a bit much

    thanks again and have lots of fun!

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    Default Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    hi,
    if you have autologon reboot and add a 3 at grub when selecting boot entry.
    This will lead your system to level 3 with no X server, install nvidia driver and reboot

    Bye

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    Default Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    good useful post I guess ,
    I remeber having problems sending blacklist nouveau so going throw daniel3 posts was helpfull as well as switching to runlevel 3 with init 3 command and installingfrom there. . . .

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    Smile Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    You can use fastboot, add the 3 as a local kernel load option abd quickly boot into run level 3:

    FastBoot for Grub Legacy Menu using Kexec - Version 1.28 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

    Just run fastboot, select the kernel in which to install the nVIDIA driver, Add the option 3 and enter a Y to restart. When the restart completes, install the nVIDIA drive. You can use the lnvhw script to run that install as well.

    LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3 - Version 1.10 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

    Then, once loaded, just run fastboot again, to restart your kernel with the newly installed nVIDIA driver.

    Than You,
    My Blog: https://forums.opensuse.org/blogs/jdmcdaniel3/

    Software efficiency halves every 18 months, thus compensating for Moore's Law

    Its James again from Austin, Texas

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    Default Re: SIMPLE HOWTO INSTALL NVIDIA DRIVER OPENSUSE 12.1

    Great Job! Everyone helping each other out LONG LIVE OPENSUSE!

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    I did something wrong the second time I was about to play with the driver. The computer autologged in to a dysfunctional mode without any GUI, nor visible text mode. Only blackish/purple blank screen. Autologin is advised not to use
    That and Shell was the only accessible modes. With my rather low knowledge in this area I was incapable of restoring the computer without reinstall... I'm currently using the repo version. You need to create the xorg.conf (if you wish to keep your multiscreen config) though with this driver...

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    Followed instructions, now all I get is command prompt, no x...

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