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    Default Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Hello,
    I currently am focusing on two machines with OpenSUSE LEAP 42.3 LEAP.
    Z: Lenovo T480 with MX150 dGPU
    T: A desktop with NVIDIA GTX 1070

    My previous experience with Lenovo T430 and W530 resulted in hogging onto Nouveau and optimizing it as much as I can, and recently I've been trying to be a bit more adventurous and ended up spending hours fixing the damage I've done (mind you I am also holding onto ext4 with all my might). There are three sets of instructions I followed:
    For Z I've done:
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_Bumblebee
    //The middle of this instruction points to one below as "optional" but it is couter-productive because nvidia-bumblebee conflicts with x11-video. I suspect in fact, this breaks the install because we're asked to recompile the kernel with the Nvidia modules, and then it gets deleted by installing nvidia-bumblebee

    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers
    //zypper inr -r NVIDIA actually recommends not installing anything, but I tell it to install latest x11-video because it supports the dGPU.

    I blacklist nouveau and nvidia and optirun fails to start dGPU and compositor constantly crashes.

    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_the_hard_way
    //NVDIA driver flat out refuses to install unless nouveau has been effectively uninstalled, not just disabled. Even with nouveau gone from kernel module, it still refuses to install.

    It took me several hours but I was able to re-install the older kernel, recompile without broken nvidia references, and unblock nouveau completely.

    For T I've done:
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers
    //Sure enough, everything installs well, and boots fine, but cannot start KDE and xshell locally. Ironically, I can start xshell remotely just fine.
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_the_hard_way
    //Same problem, simply won't realize that nouveau has been wiped clean out of the drive and doesn't install.

    I am a little bit lost here, am I the only one who is having trouble with NVIDIA linux drivers? The only machine I have it working with is (with bumblebee) is Lenovo T430 with OpenSUSE 13.2 KDE!

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Update:
    Latest Nvidia driver version 410.93 from their website has successfully been installed on T, and xserver is working locally as well

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Quote Originally Posted by SJLPHI View Post
    Update:
    Latest Nvidia driver version 410.93 from their website has successfully been installed on T, and xserver is working locally as well
    I spoke too soon, compositor and xserver crashes within the first 5 minutes.

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Quote Originally Posted by SJLPHI View Post
    I spoke too soon, compositor and xserver crashes within the first 5 minutes.
    Hi
    Hmmm, the latest is 418.30?
    https://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/

    I'm running that on Tumbleweed though, with a GT710 card....
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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    T seems to be only capable of running OpenGL 3.1 compositor. XRender constantly crashes and OpenGL 2.0 is... ugly.

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    Hmmm, the latest is 418.30?
    https://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/

    I'm running that on Tumbleweed though, with a GT710 card....
    Sorry, I meant latest recommended by Nvidia website (https://www.nvidia.com/Download/driv...x/141700/en-us)

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Quote Originally Posted by SJLPHI View Post
    T seems to be only capable of running OpenGL 3.1 compositor. XRender constantly crashes and OpenGL 2.0 is... ugly.
    Spoke too soon yet again, OpenGL 3.1 seems to crash after 30 mins. Currently crash testing OpenGL 2.0 I am curious though. How is it that Nouveau seem more compatible and stable than the proprietary drivers which are meant to be better?

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Out of curiosity: Your repos?
    Code:
    zypper lr -d
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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    Z repos:
    Code:
    Repository priorities are without effect. All enabled repositories share the same priority.
    
    #  | Alias                     | Name                                    | Enabled | GPG Check | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                         
                     | Service
    ---+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------+----------+--------+-------------------------------------------------------------
    -----------------+--------
     1 | NVIDIA                    | NVIDIA                                  | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | rpm-md | https://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/leap/42.3              
                     |         
     2 | X11_Bumblebee             | Bumblebee project (openSUSE_Leap_42.3)  | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/Bumblebee/ope
    nSUSE_Leap_42.3/ |         
     3 | google-chrome             | google-chrome                           | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64         
                     |         
     4 | kernel                    | kernel                                  | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Kernel:/stable/sta
    ndard/           |         
     5 | libdvdcss                 | libdvdcss                               | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/          
                     |         
     6 | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-0      | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-0                    | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | yast2  | cd:///?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-S__%5Cx5b               
                     |         
     7 | packman                   | packman                                 | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/            
                     |         
     8 | repo-debug                | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Debug                | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/leap/42.3/re
    po/oss/          |         
     9 | repo-debug-non-oss        | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Debug-Non-Oss        | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/leap/42.3/re
    po/non-oss/      |         
    10 | repo-debug-update         | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Debug         | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/leap/42.3/oss/    
                     |         
    11 | repo-debug-update-non-oss | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Debug-Non-Oss | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/leap/42.3/non-oss/
                     |         
    12 | repo-non-oss              | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Non-Oss              | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/non
    -oss/            |         
    13 | repo-oss                  | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Oss                  | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/oss
    /                |         
    14 | repo-source               | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Source               | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/leap/42.3/r
    epo/oss/         |         
    15 | repo-source-non-oss       | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Source-Non-Oss       | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/leap/42.3/r
    epo/non-oss/     |         
    16 | repo-update               | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update               | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/leap/42.3/oss/          
                     |         
    17 | repo-update-non-oss       | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Non-Oss       | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/leap/42.3/non-oss/      
                     |                                                                    
    18 | skype-stable              | skype (stable)                          | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/                          
                     |                                                                    
    19 | slack                     | slack                                   | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | https://packagecloud.io/slacktechnologies/slack/fedora/21/x8
    6_64  
    
    T repos:
    Code:
    #  | Alias                     | Name                                    | Enabled | GPG Check | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                         
                 | Service
    ---+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------+----------+--------+-------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------+--------
     1 | NVIDIA                    | NVIDIA                                  | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | rpm-md | https://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/leap/42.3              
                 |         
     2 | dvd                       | dvd                                     | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/          
                 |         
     3 | google-chrome             | google-chrome                           | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64         
                 |         
     4 | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-0      | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-0                    | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | yast2  | cd:///?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-HL-DT-ST_DVDRAM_GH24NSD1_
    KESI5MA4632  |         
     5 | packman                   | packman                                 | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/            
                 |         
     6 | repo-debug                | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Debug                | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/leap/42.3/re
    po/oss/      |         
     7 | repo-debug-non-oss        | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Debug-Non-Oss        | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/leap/42.3/re
    po/non-oss/  |         
     8 | repo-debug-update         | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Debug         | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/leap/42.3/oss/    
                 |         
     9 | repo-debug-update-non-oss | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Debug-Non-Oss | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/leap/42.3/non-oss/
                 |         
    10 | repo-non-oss              | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Non-Oss              | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/non
    -oss/        |         
    11 | repo-oss                  | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Oss                  | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/oss
    /            |         
    12 | repo-source               | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Source               | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/leap/42.3/r
    epo/oss/     |         
    13 | repo-source-non-oss       | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Source-Non-Oss       | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/leap/42.3/r
    epo/non-oss/ |         
    14 | repo-update               | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update               | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/leap/42.3/oss/          
                 |         
    15 | repo-update-non-oss       | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Non-Oss       | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/leap/42.3/non-oss/      
                 |         
    16 | skype-stable              | skype (stable)                          | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/                          
       
    

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    Default Re: Installing NVIDIA on modern machines ending disastrously

    I'm sorry, I actually found the solution before but I cannot find it with search anymore for some reason.

    Is there a way to force zypper not to update the kernel? On T, only the kernel 4.4.165-81-default is stable with the Nvidia driver. The recent kernel-default-4.4.172-86.1 update actually breaks the setup. I want to keep the OS updated, except for the kernel. For the most part, I think some blacklisting gets ignored and latest kernel gets stuck in a loop trying to load Nouveau.

    I have it done with YAST for the time being by setting the kernel-default as "protected, do not modify", but I forgot the zypper command.

    Thank you for your time.


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