Installing Nvidia 6100

I want to get the nvidia install without having a black screen. This is were I’m downloading it. I have did this and got all the default stuff for the 6xxx and higher. I been doing a little look. My main question is, were do I change runlevel 5 to runlevel 3 or when and how do I change my runlevel from 5 to 3?


  1. Install Nvidia
  2. Change it to runlevel 3


  1. Change it to runlevel 3
  2. Then install Nvidia


There more to it form what I have guess.

you can boot to level 3 when booting, by removing all kernel arguments and then just type: 3
hit enter

Or from a running desktop


You will need to go su from there

Here is a guide to the manual install of nvidia, you need to delete all the other stuff first. If you can get to the desktop, boot to level3 - go su, and start ‘yast’
You can delete the packages and repo from there.

Alright so here is how to install the nvidia driver manually, in case the one in the repo doesn’t work or u just want to use the latest.
Go to Yast>Software>Software Management
Search for and install if you don’t have these:
Now download the latest Nvidia driver:
Place the file in your /home/username
Now restart and at the boot screen, pause the boot by moving the down button, then move back up and clear any text in the boot arguments by holding backspace. Then just type the number: 3
At the login
Type “root” then enter and then your root password and press enter.
now type
cd /home/username
*Now remember you can use the {TAB} key to auto complete
so type:
and the whole file name should auto complete
eg: sh
Follow the installer and let it compile the kernel module for you.
Say Yes to everything
Use TAB to move around

Ok. When I install nvidia. Then I restart. More then likely im going to have to run in failsafe. And the last time I did this. It did not went to the normal login screen as it alway do. It give me something different. It kinda like the terminal screen. But it ask me to login form there. So how can used your quote…

And I don’t know how to remove all the kernel argument.

Sorry for double post.

Can I install then do the code. Before restarting?

Sorry, I’m confuse for the most part. I giving suse another try. I starting to understand linux little bit. Thanks for ubuntu. And hope I can do better here with suse.

The answer to this question was in the nvidia instructions.


pause the boot screen by moving the down button, then move back up to the default boot and clear any text in the boot arguments by holding backspace. Then just type the number: 3

Try what you say about the boot. Did all that. This is what happens. Hole screen is black and look kinda like the terminal. It said “Skipped serviesse 3” or something like that. And again it ask me to login this hole screen terminal thing. So I’m not sure what to do next. How do I get everything back to normal and have my nvidia driver install.

level3 is a CLI login

enter your username and password

Then type: su
then the root password
enter again

You can start yasy from here with: yast

So what do I do next in this old school yast. lol. But really… what do I do next?

Note: I’m using liveCD. Then I restart to try the thing you tell me ^.^

OK. I see. That’s hard work.

You might want to just re-install. I know that’s bit lame, but it might be quicker.

You could try this first. Have you booted with Failsafe boot?
It might work.

If not try this. Boot to level 3 and become su
then type:

sax2 -r -m 0=vesa

That’s a zero=vesa not a letter O


Back to my normal screen. So what did that sax2 -r -m 0=vesa do?
I went to see what happen when I type glxinfo | grep direct in the terminal. And this is what it give me.

glxinfo | grep direct
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".

I’m starting to think I need to install video card manually. Even though I install a x32 one. I think the nvidia repository install x86_64 version. Witch I know my video can not used. And end up with those black screen. If I need to. I install video card manually. I understand how to manually install video card in ubuntu. But I think it be way different on suse. My computer is a x32. So that mean for video card is that I need x86. I can’t do anything else other then a x86.

The command switched your video over to vesa, a very basic display.

You can delete all installed packages in nvidia repo and start again. You will probably have to mark all packages to delete before it stops throwing errors at you. Just close the error each time until all are checked to delete.

From Software Management - filter by repo and select nvidia
and just look for and check


Once you click that all the other dependencies should be picked up.


Or. Download the correct driver from nvidia and install manually as I listed earlier.

OK. How do I install manually? I’m going to download NVIDIA I have install manually in ubuntu. But I taking a guess that installing stuff manually in suse is way different form ubuntu way. Can anyone tell me how to install nvidia driver manually?

I posted instructions here earlier:
Installing Nvidia 6100 - openSUSE Forums

Get the nvidia driver from here: Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

save it to your /home/username as the instructions suggest.

Installing has failed. Please see the file ‘/var/log/nvidia-installer.log’. This is what it give me. And yes I install both gcc
and kernel-source.

And this is what the nvidia-installer.log tell me.

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Tue Jun  2 13:12:21 2009
installer version: 1.0.7

option status:
  license pre-accepted    : false
  update                  : false
  force update            : false
  expert                  : false
  uninstall               : false
  driver info             : false
  precompiled interfaces  : true
  no ncurses color        : false
  query latest version    : false
  OpenGL header files     : true
  no questions            : false
  silent                  : false
  no recursion            : false
  no backup               : false
  kernel module only      : false
  sanity                  : false
  add this kernel         : false
  no runlevel check       : false
  no network              : false
  no ABI note             : false
  no RPMs                 : false
  no kernel module        : false
  force SELinux           : default
  no X server check       : false
  no cc version check     : false
  force tls               : (not specified)
  X install prefix        : (not specified)
  X library install path  : (not specified)
  X module install path   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install prefix   : (not specified)
  OpenGL install libdir   : (not specified)
  utility install prefix  : (not specified)
  utility install libdir  : (not specified)
  doc install prefix      : (not specified)
  kernel name             : (not specified)
  kernel include path     : (not specified)
  kernel source path      : (not specified)
  kernel output path      : (not specified)
  kernel install path     : (not specified)
  proc mount point        : /proc
  ui                      : (not specified)
  tmpdir                  : /tmp
  ftp mirror              :
  RPM file list           : (not specified)

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> Installing NVIDIA driver version 185.18.10.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
   ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
   rom the NVIDIA ftp site ( (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
   this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
   your kernel.
ERROR: Unable to find the development tool `make` in your path; please make
       sure that you have the package 'make' installed.  If make is installed
       on your system, then please check that `make` is in your PATH.
ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file
       '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find suggestions
       on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
       driver download page at

I think there one or more to download. Before I can install the nvidia.

Unable to find the development tool make in your path;
Do you have ‘make’ installed?

From my directions:

Search for and install if you don’t have these:

Now download the latest Nvidia driver:

Woot. I just need to install that ‘make’. Then I was good. Question. How do I install libs in the terminal? ubuntu dose there like this ‘sudo apt-get install lib…’ So how does suse dose there?

How do I install libs

Could you be more specific. What libs?

Let say I want to install “libxrandr-dev” in the terminal.
How can I do that?

Remember, I want to get this install in the terminal only!

Right now is the moment to start reading. See that you get to understand what you have through the Graphic User Interface. READ READ READ.
You’re not “in the terminal” you’re in the console. And you’re only going one way: down. You want to do things on an expert level while you have barely started. Start first, get to know your desktop, Yast etc. For now installing a driver was quite a problem already, this is not the area where you learn.
These would do what you want:

su -c ‘zypper in libxrandr-dev’
su -c ‘rpm -iUvh libxrandr-dev’

But then “libxrandr-dev” would have to exist in the repos you configured.

I’m inclined to agree with @Knurpht

Stop already.
Most everything you need can be added via software management in Yast.

Eg; Let’s say you want to get muti-media setup and working. Follow this guide CAREFULLY.
Multi-media and Restricted Format Installation Guide - openSUSE Forums