eGeForce 8500 GT (PCI-e x16) (SLI Ready)

Any updates or ideas when this card will be properly supported? I followed the instructions noted here HCL/Nvidia Video Cards - openSUSE

And after that install I just a black screen with the usual X in the middle when X Server isn’t working correctly. When I attempt to install OpenSuse on the desktop with that card I get “input not supported” and the install of the distro works but its spread across my monitor as if its 10 monitors but that’s with the dummy driver not the correct driver for this card from Nvidia.

Hi
Have you installed the nvidia driver via 1-click? If not I recommend
the hard way, else follow the easy way here;
Nvidia

This is my canned response for doing it the ‘Hard Way’ :slight_smile:

You can download the driver for your arch from;
Nvidia Unix Drivers

On the download page, check that your card is supported by the driver
your about to download by using the following command;


/sbin/lspci -nv |grep VGA |cut -f4 -d ":"

From the above output use the four numbers from the output to look
at the Supported Products List (on the left) to verify your card is
supported by the driver.

You may wish to ensure your system is up to date. The first command
refreshes the repositories, the second lists any updates, the third
will apply the updates.


sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper lu
sudo zypper up

If you don’t have the kernel source and tools etc installed then


sudo zypper in kernel-source linux-kernel-headers kernel-syms
sudo zypper in -t pattern devel_basis devel_C_C++

Press ctrl+alt+F1 and login as your user :slight_smile:


su -
init 3

cd to the Nvidia Unix Driver you downloaded


sh NV*.run -q
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
init 5 && exit
ctrl+alt+F1
exit
ctrl+alt+F7

The ctrl+alt+F7 gets you back to the GUI (X session).

Now after a kernel update, you don’t need to run the sax2 command, just
the others to get to run level 3, rebuild the driver and exit.


Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel 2.6.25.18-0.2-default
up 16:51, 1 user, load average: 0.16, 0.56, 0.36
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 177.80

Spot on advice there from Malcolm.

My nVidia is currently working from the repo. NO PROBLEM.
But in 10.3 it wouldn’t, so used the hard way mentioned above. But it’s easy really.

Well the easy way is what I tried first which was the one click install which you linked but with that install the Nvidia Logo doesn’t even show under programs where all the other Nvidia installs used to. The driver I then tried was this one:

Linux Display Driver - x86

Version: 177.80

The one-click install worked under KDE 3 now but not for KDE 4 … but I will try your way under KDE 4 and see what I get and post it here …

worked under KDE 3 now but not for KDE 4
Hang on.
It should work

How does it not work under kde4??

Are you using desktop effects?

No I am not using any desktop effects or trying to. The problem is that when installing directly from the DVD Media Download for Opensuse 11 I get on the screen “input not supported” at the first screen you get with the GUI install and if using the text based installer I get the same thing only it exits and reboots the PC. Now with KDE 3 it don’t get the “input not supported” error at all. It just installs smoothly as can be. Now with Fedora 9 for example I don’t have the problem at all with KDE 4 or KDE 3. So I am like WTF…So I will try the hard way tomorrow when I’m not in class just FYI

installing directly from the DVD Media Download for Opensuse 11
I don’t get this?

And if you actually installed the nVidia driver, it’s system wide not specific to kde3

By the DVD Media I mean I am using the DVD Download Media not the Live Disk … thats for Opensuse 11 … it works fine with Opensuse 10 which installs KDE 3 by default … I am installing just the default software with the default repos … not adding any secondary repos or any other software packages …

In other words I’m not using any weird setup or odd repos or software packages when trying to install

Dude, I thought you were trying to install your graphics driver. You have to download that file from nVidia to install it the ‘Hard Way’.
Or add the nVidia repo to install from there.

I guess you must be talking about using the Install DVD for adding other software.

Oh yeah I figured…I was just trying to make it clear I didn’t have any weird or bluddy crazy setup…just the typical downloaded install media and for where I live a typical off the shelf video card and besktop and oddly enough from signature the same processor … LOL … so when I get home I am going to first try adding the Nvidia repo durinng the install and see if that works better… I have 2 laptops and 3 other desktops I use for MMO gaming bots with Opensuse 11 on them and work fine … just cheaper that way rather than having to buy Microsoft products and works better …

Hi
Have you installed the nvidia driver via 1-click? If not I recommend
the hard way, else follow the easy way here;
Nvidia

This is my canned response for doing it the ‘Hard Way’ :slight_smile:

If you have installed via the easy way, I suggest removing the
downloaded rpms, and disabling the nvidia repository first.

You can download the driver for your arch from;
Nvidia Unix Drivers

On the download page, check that your card is supported by the driver
your about to download by using the following command;


/sbin/lspci -nv |grep VGA |cut -f4 -d ":"

From the above output use the four numbers from the output to look
at the Supported Products List (on the left) to verify your card is
supported by the driver.

For downloading the current version 177.80 (Note the wget and url are
all on one line)

for 32bit;


wget
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/177.80/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-177..80-pkg1.run

for 64bit;


wget
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/177.80/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.80-pkg2.run

You may wish to ensure your system is up to date. The first command
refreshes the repositories, the second lists any updates, the third
will apply the updates.


sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper lu
sudo zypper up

NOTE: If the kernel updated, please reboot before continuing :slight_smile:

If you don’t have the kernel source and tools etc installed then


sudo zypper in kernel-source linux-kernel-headers kernel-syms
sudo zypper in -t pattern devel_basis devel_C_C++

Press ctrl+alt+F1 and login as your user :slight_smile:


su -
init 3

cd to the Nvidia Unix Driver you downloaded


sh NV*.run -q
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
init 5 && exit
ctrl+alt+F1
exit
ctrl+alt+F7

The ctrl+alt+F7 gets you back to the GUI (X session).

Now after a kernel update, you don’t need to run the sax2 command, just
the others to get to run level 3, rebuild the driver and exit.


Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel 2.6.25.18-0.2-default
up 1 day 17:22, 5 users, load average: 0.28, 0.21, 0.23
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 177.80

I finally got everything working how I wanted it…by just simply adding the Nvidia Repo during the initial install … and it worked fine … I usually just select install everything and then go back install all the other drivers like Nvidia and the proprietary mp3, dvd, stuff later … Thank You Very Much for you help everyone!!!