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    I installed OpenSUSE 13.1 last night, having finally seen that the Nvidia drivers are ready to be installed along with the repository or one-click.

    My hardware is an I5 cpu, Nvidia GTX 550 ti graphics card and 8 GiB's memory. I installed with the btrfs file system for root. I note that the install preserved my home directory that had been on the computer previously but, quite properly, the OpenSUSE settings for the appearance of the desktop were all normal. The prior installation was an ubuntu based Distro.

    I ended up installing OpenSUSE twice. I hope to avoid what happened the first time, so I am posting that event. The first time, I had the software update during installation. Thereafter, I installed the Nvidia driver via one-click. I chose the correct one-click for my graphics card (i.e., for GeForce 8 and later - the correct driver is the 331.20 driver) and installed it but when I went to restart using restart via Kickoff, nothing happened. After waiting a bit, I restarted the computer manually. After KDE's splash page, the computer did not load a desktop but only a blank screen.

    I restarted manually and booted via the low graphics version, which brought me to a desktop but one that did not properly recognize my screen resolution. In any event, I rebooted normally but without doing anything else. This time, I reached a terminal. I tried - but was not sure what to do - to start X, which is what I would have done in Arch. That got me nowhere. I decided, because this was a fresh install, that it made sense merely to reinstall OpenSUSE.

    This time around, I did not update during installation but waited until the system was installed. Again, my home directory was preserved and, like before, the OpenSUSE's settings for the appearance of the desktop loaded properly. I hope this time not to run into problems installing the Nvidia drivers. I was able to reboot normally, via the Kickoff launcher. This evening, I plan to add the repository, this time, "The Repository Way." If, after doing so, the driver does not install correctly, how does one go about correcting things via terminal?

    One point. I note, looking in the autostart programs via KDE's system settings program that Nvidia is set to load. Should I untick this setting, given that the Nvidia driver is not installed yet? Also, is there a possibility that such setting or something else in my home partition - which was based on a ubuntu style system - interfered or will interfere with correctly loading the Nvidia driver, once I again install it. I note that I had, prior to OpenSUSE, saved a Nvidia (and I am not sure of the correct name for it) profile. Perhaps, that profile was loaded and is inconsistent with something in OpenSUSE.

    Please note that I am following up on a pre-installation post here. I hope I have not run afoul of the posting rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nef131 View Post
    ... the correct driver is the 331.20 driver
    Just one more point. I was using the 331.20 driver before installing OpenSUSE, so I know it can work, at least with Ubuntu.

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    I have now installed the nvidia drivers again. After reaching the desktop normally, the desktop crashed and a black screen came up with the following words:

    Code:
    [  OK   ] Started Authorization Manager.
    [  OK   ] Started Modem Manager
    [  OK   ] Created slice system-network.slice.
                                                                        Starting ifup managed network interface en4s0. . .
    Please note that, before installing the nvidia drivers, I removed the pre-existing nvidia setting from from the autostart.

    Please also note that I installed, as applicable, the three packages x11-video-nvidiaG03, nvidia-gfxG03-kmp-desktop and nvidia-computeG03.

    I tried rebooting again, to see what happens. This time, I booted to a terminal.

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    Before I waste anyone's time here, I am reinstalling OpenSUSE, this time reformatting my root and home partitions, so that it wipes out everything on it before installing OpenSUSE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nef131 View Post
    Before I waste anyone's time here, I am reinstalling OpenSUSE, this time reformatting my root and home partitions, so that it wipes out everything on it before installing OpenSUSE.
    I reinstalled, updated, rebooted, installed the repository for Nvidia, installed the three Nvidia packages, plus those others recommended by the system. I rebooted again, and the system loads through the end of KDE's splash screen, then I get a blank screen (other than a blinking cursor). So, I consider this a complete disaster.

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    Default Re: Nvidia driver installation question

    Which package 01,02,03?

    I think you may want the 02 for 8 series

    The automated stuff want to put 03 in but that is only for newer cards.

    Note you can boot to a terminal and use the command line yast to install driver yo don’t have to reinstall

    at grub boot press e then find the line starting linux and press end key to go to end of line enter a space and a 3

    log as root and run yast

    edit
    Don't know why I thought you had 8 series but you can still try the 02 version

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    I used the 03 series because it has the driver that relates to my system, the 331.20 driver. Thank you for the information regarding how to change the driver.

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    You are right that is the driver recommended. You might still try the 02


    Or just remove the NVIDIA stuff which should take you back to default nouveau

    BTW it should install 3 package including the kmp and compute

    just search in yast for nvidia

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    If you're using the proprietary nvidia driver (doesn't matter if it's G02 or G03), you should add your user to the "video" group.

    The bug from 12.3 that you don't have sufficient rights for direct rendering otherwise, reappeared in 13.1 unfortunately (apparently they added the wrong patch to the systemd package, which didn't work on many systems).
    I've just reopened it:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=808319

    See also the 12.3 release notes:
    https://www.suse.com/releasenotes/x8...47462154153376

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    If you're using the proprietary nvidia driver (doesn't matter if it's G02 or G03), you should add your user to the "video" group.

    The bug from 12.3 that you don't have sufficient rights for direct rendering otherwise, reappeared in 13.1 unfortunately (apparently they added the wrong patch to the systemd package, which didn't work on many systems).
    I've just reopened it:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=808319

    See also the 12.3 release notes:
    https://www.suse.com/releasenotes/x8...47462154153376
    Thank you. I am trying your suggestion now. I shall report back on the results.

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