… easy … hmmm… EASY ? … if I may be forgiven for going off topic a wee bit, … on Saturday (26-Dec), my wife was noting that the new WinXP install on our 1-year old Dell Studio 1537 laptop (which we installed to replace Vista) was crashing with a bluescreen of death, followed by a reboot a bit too frequently. Note Dell do NOT support WinXP on this laptop (they actually provide better Linux support for this laptop) and we both noted that the WinXP ATI graphic driver for the Radeon HD3450 that we installed (as recommended by other’s on the web) was version 8.x something, when there is 9.x something now ready for ATI Radeon HD 3400 series devices.
So we downloaded an installed the latest WinXP 9.x catalyst driver from ATI, very carefully following the ATI instructions for the install. Well, as soon as the driver was installed, the FONTs took a SIGNIFICANT turn for the worse, appearing fuzzy and a bit out of focus. My wife hated it and after over an hour of fiddling she could not improve the fonts. She was MOST upset with the new driver. I then noted that both VLC and Media Player Home Classic no longer would play the AVCHD high definition videos, … ie the new ATI winXP driver did not support Windows AVIVO like it was supposed to, on this Laptop’s Radeon HD 3450. At that point I became most upset with the new driver.
To make a long story story, yesterday (27-Dec) I rolled back to the older 8.x ATI graphic driver for winXP on this Laptop and all was well again, except the occasional crashes were still happening. (latest view - maybe it is the Bluetooth driver causing this crash on winXP).
But easy? … not for us. You should have heard me cursing about Windoze drivers, and my wife for once agreeing with my assessment.
What instructions?! See that’s the thing - there were NO instructions from NVIDIA for linux (let alone openSUSE) AND when I called tech support, they had no linux techs working (they only have two in the whole office) so they couldn’t help me.
6tr6tr there are instructions. I can’t explain why nVidia can not help you, but there are instructions and there are many volunteers on our forum, in the IRC chat channel #suse (on freenode) and also in the mailing lists.
I did a 30 second search on google and came up with
And the instructions on opensuse.org were a little confusing. It says that you only install this new driver for NVidia GeForce 6 or later. Mine is an 8400 gs, so clearly the numbers mean different things. So it actually took quite some searching to determine mine fit into that category and that was the driver I wanted.
> palladium;2094479 Wrote:
>> even with ‘easy’ Redmond software
> … easy … hmmm… EASY ?
> But easy? … not for us.
there was a reason i put ‘easy’ inside single quote marks…it was not me saying it was it easy…i was just quoting the masses who come
here and complain about Linux being hard and praise Redmond’s being so
and THEN change a video card and expect it to work automatically
when we all know it is not automatic in the “easy” system either…
The article notes you should 1st run ‘sax2 -p’ to see if you graphic card is chip 0 or chip 1. Did you do that? If you did that you would know which chip and you would not need to run both “sax2 -r -m 0=nv” and “sax2 -r -m 1=nv”. I’m thinking you did not understand the article, or I am thinking that I messed up writing the article because it was not understood.
What is the output (run with root permissions) of:
If this is integrated graphics on the motherboard, is it switched ON in the BIOS ?
What is the output (run with regular user permissions) of:
I too must be having problems with my graphic card. I’m new to SuSE(linux period), and am just getting the hang of things. My highest screen resolution is lower than it supposed to be, and I cant enable some of the desktop effects, such as the cube. I ran sax2 -p and got this: