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    Question Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    I have dared to try the following packages out according to the version 346.35-4.1 together with Linux 3.17.4-1.2 and 3.19.1-1.1.
    • nvidia-computeG04
    • nvidia-gfxG04-kmp-desktop
    • nvidia-glG04
    • nvidia-uvm-gfxG04-kmp-desktop
    • x11-video-nvidiaG04


    Unfortunately, I get the error message "Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module." during the start of the X server.

    A fallback driver is then selected which provides me a lower screen resolution than what my primary monitor is capable of.
    Which fine-tuning should I reconsider so that the full graphic resolution will be displayed again?

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    Default AW: Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    Quote Originally Posted by elfring View Post
    I have dared to try the following packages out according to the version 346.35-4.1 together with Linux 3.17.4-1.2 and 3.19.1-1.1.
    • nvidia-computeG04
    • nvidia-gfxG04-kmp-desktop
    • nvidia-glG04
    • nvidia-uvm-gfxG04-kmp-desktop
    • x11-video-nvidiaG04


    Unfortunately, I get the error message "Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module." during the start of the X server.
    What kernel packages do you have installed, in particular do you have the corresponding devel packages installed for your kernel versions?
    Code:
    rpm -qa kernel*
    And those packages are designed to be used with the kernel included in your openSUSE version. So better switch back to that one.

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    Post Re: AW: Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    What kernel packages do you have installed, in particular do you have the corresponding devel packages installed for your kernel versions?
    Yes. - The needed development packages are also available on my system.

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    Default Re: Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    Quote Originally Posted by elfring View Post
    Yes. - The needed development packages are also available on my system.
    But are they the right version?

    If you want help, please post the output of the command I asked for.

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    Default Re: Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    Also you might mention the hardware. Like maybe this is an Optimus based notebook. If so the procedures are different

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    Default Re: Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    Quote Originally Posted by elfring View Post
    I have dared to try the following packages out according to the version 346.35-4.1 together with Linux 3.17.4-1.2 and 3.19.1-1.1.
    My box with Nvidia is an older one. On Tumbleweed, I have been installing the driver the hard way. That worked up through the 3.18 kernel. But the driver would not build for a 3.19 kernel. I last checked with nvidia a few days ago, and the most recent driver they had for my card was 304.125. There's no point in my trying a 3.19 kernel until there's a newer driver.

    You have a different (newer) nvidia card. But there's a good chance that it willl run into similar problems with a 3.19 kernel.
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    Post Re: Hardware clarification

    Optimus stuff is not involved for my graphic card "GT 730".

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    Default Re: Hardware clarification

    Quote Originally Posted by elfring View Post
    Optimus stuff is not involved for my graphic card "GT 730".
    Well, as long as you don't answer my question, I won't be able to help you further.
    I am not sitting at your system, so I cannot know what's wrong.

    You might also want to reinstall the kmp package and have a look at possible error messages you might get:
    Code:
    sudo zypper in -f nvidia-gfxG04-kmp-desktop
    And check that you don't have the G03 packages installed at the same time. This might happen as both specify they support your card, so YaST/zypper may try to install them automatically.

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    Post Re: Version clarification

    Code:
    elfring@Sonne:~> rpm -qa kernel*|sort
    …
    kernel-default-devel-3.17.4-1.2.x86_64
    kernel-default-devel-3.19.1-2.1.x86_64
    kernel-desktop-3.17.4-1.2.x86_64
    kernel-desktop-3.19.1-2.1.x86_64
    kernel-desktop-devel-3.17.4-1.2.x86_64
    kernel-desktop-devel-3.19.1-2.1.x86_64
    kernel-devel-3.17.4-1.2.noarch
    kernel-devel-3.19.1-2.1.noarch
    kernel-macros-3.19.1-2.1.noarch
    kernel-pv-devel-3.19.1-2.1.x86_64
    kernel-source-3.17.4-1.2.noarch
    kernel-source-3.19.1-2.1.noarch
    kernel-syms-3.17.4-1.2.x86_64
    kernel-syms-3.19.1-2.1.x86_64
    …

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    Default Re: Difficulties with activation of a current Nvidia graphic driver

    Ok, then try to reinstall the kmp package and post the output.

    And as I said, you should also try to switch back to the standard 3.16.7 Kernel if you want to use the rpm packages, although they should work at least with the 4.17 kernel (if you install them when running 4.17)
    Note, that they also will only work on the kernel where you install them. I.e. if you install them on 3.17, they won't work on 3.19 and vice-versa. That's another reason why you should better stick to the distribution kernel when using the rpm packages (or be prepared to reinstall them on kernel updates like you would need to when installing the driver "the hard way").

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