Driver GT 230 NVIDIA


is there a better driver then the standard VESA-driver which works with the GT230 of NVIDIA.

I’m using opensuse 11.1.

The result of lspci -v is

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0603 (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Device 1b0a:9044
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 10
Memory at fa000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16]
Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256]
Memory at f8000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32]
I/O ports at cc00 [size=128]
Expansion ROM at fbde0000 [disabled] [size=128]
Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [68] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Count=1/1 Enable-
Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel <?>
Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information <?>
Kernel modules: nvidiafb

Thank and Regards


There are no nvidia drivers
Did you look at nouveau?

Thats a good idea but I hesitate to use the nouveau driver because the opensuse database said that the driver is in an early development state. But it seems to by the only driver that is possible now.

Where can I figure out if the GT230 is supported. The card does not appear on the status board.

nouveau Wiki - CodeNames

Most people think that the GT230 is a 9600 GT. This card is supported by nouveau driver. Does the driver work if the card identified itself not as 9600GT but as GT230.




You need one of the beta drivers. The can be downloaded from here:



Save the downloaded file in your homedir, i.e. /home/YOURUSERNAME


Hit Ctrl-Alt-F1
Login with username and password and do:

su -c 'init 3'
(Enter rootpassword)

On 32bit: su -c 'sh -q'
On 64bit: su -c 'sh -q'

Accept license, OK, OK, OK. **Do not follow installer instruction to run sax2 !!!!**

su -c 'init 5 && exit'

That's it, you should have a full blown desktop, with 3D and desktop effects, by now.

I don't have the card. It may very well be, that sysinfo:/ shows the card as unknown, or FrameBufffer device. BTW, it's not a GT9600, maybe based upon it, like my GT120M is too.

I have the GT240 and it is working with the following driver coming from the nVidia repository. No manual installation needed at all.

I have it on 64bit.
nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-desktop 190.53_2.6.31.5_0.1-8.1
x11-video-nvidiaG02 190.53-9.1

Cube, wobbly windows, etc. all works.

First I want to say thanks for all replies.

The solution of Knurpht works :slight_smile:

The installation direction works fine but I had to start nvidia-xconfig manually after installation of the driver. To activate the second display and change the resolution I used sax2 (never use test button then because sax2 seems to think that there is no higher resolution possible).

But at startup when the first display shows the login screen the second diplay is showing some weird things. It looks a bit like the last screen before logout of the last session.But after kde startup is complete everything works fine.

Thank for your fast help!!!

Regards Elmar

I am looking for the 64 bit driver and the link above does not work. Does anyone know why? There doesnt seem to be a driver on Nvidia’s website. Does anyone have the driver from the link in this thread?

Thank you,

  • Matt Bondy

Matt Bondy, you need to be cautious with Linux, when reading a post that is months old. In some cases, new drivers come out practically every month and hence old posts can be out of date.

If you go to google and search for “linux nvidia drivers” you will see the link you need.

Let me do that for you (please do not be insulted):
Let me google that linux nvidia drivers for you


there is a new Version of this driver available.


32 bit
NVIDIA DRIVERS 195.36.15 Certified

NVIDIA DRIVERS 195.36.15 Certified

I hope it works!!!

Regards Elmar

I assumed the first post with the links linked to drivers that included the GT230 in the ‘supported products’ tab (on Nvidia’s website). The latest links do not specifically support the GT230 card. So I assume the original links probably did not support it either.

I do not want to risk using that driver. I see far too many posts on issues resulting from using the ‘correct’ Nvidia drivers…

Welcome here. NVIDIA has released the 195.36.24 beta driver for linux. I think they are moving to Ggl’s policy: call it beta forever, nobody can blame you if things don’t work out well, it’s a beta isn’t it.
I’ve been using this one on all my systems, works with latest cards, latest kernel, latest Xorg.