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    Default Reversing nVidia Driver Installation

    So I installed proprietary nVidia drivers "The Hard Way" and now I want to reverse the installation.

    How do I do that ?

    Does it matter that the nVidia installer has configured X to search for the nVidia driver at boot and not for nouveau ? How do I set X to search for nouveau instead ?

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    The hard way removal is run the .run file and add --uninstall

    I believe. You can check on the NVIDIA site for explicit instructions.

    Why do you want to remove it??

    If you have a notebook it is probably an optimus system so you do need to remove before installing bumblebee

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    The hard way removal is run the .run file and add --uninstall

    I believe. You can check on the NVIDIA site for explicit instructions.

    Why do you want to remove it??

    If you have a notebook it is probably an optimus system so you do need to remove before installing bumblebee
    Bumblebee ?

    Anyway it's a Desktop and I want to remove it because I get screen tearing when playing pepper-flash videos. I didn't have this problem with nouveau.

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    I removed the nVidia driver with the --uninstall option, but now Nouveau is not loading anymore. What should I do ?

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    check and see if there is an old xorg.conf file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf leftover by the nvidia driver delete that file, also in yast check and see if nouveau is installed.

    ps. I've been using the binary nvidia drivers with a lot of different chips and in my experience they're "better" then nouveau, why not install the prebuild drivers from the nvidia repository, in yast repository management click add repository select community then select nvidia, then start yast software management and yast will select the best driver for your card, I think the problem with the "hard way" source driver is that nvidia uses different libraries then the default and may cause some issues.

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    about pepper-flash did you try and disable hardware acceleration, also if you are using freshplayerplugin with peper-flash in a mozilla based browser freshplayerplugin is a bit buggy you're better off using the old adobe flash.
    Why are you using flash, just add packman's repo and make it the system repository, neither firefox nor chrome need flash to play mp4 video's they need packman's build of ffmpeg, flash is an old semi-useless big security hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_A View Post
    check and see if there is an old xorg.conf file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf leftover by the nvidia driver delete that file, also in yast check and see if nouveau is installed.

    ps. I've been using the binary nvidia drivers with a lot of different chips and in my experience they're "better" then nouveau, why not install the prebuild drivers from the nvidia repository, in yast repository management click add repository select community then select nvidia, then start yast software management and yast will select the best driver for your card, I think the problem with the "hard way" source driver is that nvidia uses different libraries then the default and may cause some issues.

    ps. ps .
    about pepper-flash did you try and disable hardware acceleration, also if you are using freshplayerplugin with peper-flash in a mozilla based browser freshplayerplugin is a bit buggy you're better off using the old adobe flash.
    Why are you using flash, just add packman's repo and make it the system repository, neither firefox nor chrome need flash to play mp4 video's they need packman's build of ffmpeg, flash is an old semi-useless big security hole.
    There is no xorg.conf file at all in either /etc/X11/ or /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d.

    Regarding pepper-flash I just assumed it was pepper-flash because I didn't know that Chromium actually uses ffmpeg. I checked the version and it's Packman's version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dellius View Post
    There is no xorg.conf file at all in either /etc/X11/ or /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d.

    Regarding pepper-flash I just assumed it was pepper-flash because I didn't know that Chromium actually uses ffmpeg. I checked the version and it's Packman's version.
    what sites are you having issues with, the thing with packman is that although you have added it as a repo and have a few packages installed you need to do a full repo vendor change to avoid issues
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Vendor_c..._Vendor_change
    Did you do a full vendor change with packman, just adding it is not enough, you need to do a dup (distribution upgrade)
    your problem could have been the 'hard driver' try the nvidia driver from it's repo
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_d...NVIDIA_drivers

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    Default Re: Reversing nVidia Driver Installation

    The hard way uninstall may have left the nouveau driver black listed.

    Note that the tearing you saw probably could be corrected without removing the driver

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_A View Post
    what sites are you having issues with, the thing with packman is that although you have added it as a repo and have a few packages installed you need to do a full repo vendor change to avoid issues
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Vendor_c..._Vendor_change
    Did you do a full vendor change with packman, just adding it is not enough, you need to do a dup (distribution upgrade)
    your problem could have been the 'hard driver' try the nvidia driver from it's repo
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_d...NVIDIA_drivers
    1. OK I will do a dup later tonight.
    2. I am currently using the nVidia driver from the repo. The tearing is still present.

    I am having problems with YouTube mainly, as that's where I go to watch videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    The hard way uninstall may have left the nouveau driver black listed.

    Note that the tearing you saw probably could be corrected without removing the driver

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    Yes, that's my theory, too although I checked /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf and un-blacklisted it.

    I am all for resolving the issue without removing the driver, too.

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