well, this brand should be approx. 5 years old. The motherboard is “Microstar International-MS-163A (REV:1)”
Intel Dualcore Centrino and Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT
I got the same issues by installing 11.4 and 12.1. So, with some tricks I got the laptop installed with Opensuse 12.1. The 64 bit version prints with mistakes, checked on a HP AllInOne and a PIXMA. the 32 bit version prints properly. However nouveau works really on the limit, so sometimes and erratically the machine hangs by booting. If I follow all advices about how to uninstall nouveau (nice driver) then I can compile and install the proprietary nvidia driver, but after that this one doesn’t work. I always use the last stable version. Equally by nvidia like by nouveau Xorg doesn’t find “useful screens”. Xorg -configure generates some xorg.conf with 4 different graphic cards and screens, declared as unusable by the propritary nvidia driver.
Any idea about how to put on the work this nvidia proprietary driver?
Hi Flux, I checked what you adviced and even a bit more. Basically they say “find some other distributin, bye bye” and they don’t know how right they are…
By the next distro I got the proprietary nvidia driver out of the box, just with 2 mouse clicks. The driver is pretty old, but gives on a 8600 model 19000 frames/sec. not too bad…
The driver (clearly precompiled):
server version number 11.0
server vendor string The X.Org Foundation
in addition they must have some script running in the background and selecting the right choice among 3 different ones.
the stuff comes clearly from ubuntu, associated distro even don’t test it.
i saved the installation just in case you would have some interest on further details.
You and “they” were just not able to install the right nvidia driver, neither on openSUSE, nor on Ubuntu. Because Ubuntu installs this old proprietary driver, it makes the installation a lot easier for most people. Without even checking “a bit more”, you should have got the nvidia driver installed under openSUSE, and even a newer version. I don’t know how it would have increased the video performance - I’m not a graphics guy.