How to know if Nvidia video card is installed properly

Where do you go to find of your Nvidia (mine is FX5200) video card drivers are installed properly?

I’ve thought about trying Compiz Fusion, but would like to know where to begin. Where do you begin?

Use the command glxinfo and you should see that the vendor string is NVIDIA Corporation. If you see mesa then your driver is not functioning or your xorg.conf is not configured properly.


name of display: :0.0
display: :0 screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation

this is what I get:

linux-wadt:/home/davek # glxinfo
name of display: :0.0
display: :0 screen: 0
direct rendering: No
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.2

I saw a line with Mesa in it. How do I configure Nvidia, do you use Envy?

When I go to hardware I see that my video card is listed. How would you know to make any changes when your screen is sharp and clear?

Use the one-click driver install and sax2 to configure.

See this for details.

To check if any video driver has 3D(direct rendering) properly working, run ‘glxinfo | grep -i direct’

FX 5200 is broken in 1-click install. Trust me, I found out the hard way.

Use the instructions to install the latest nvidia binary from the nvidia website. It’s not difficult, (and it works…)