Need help with OpenGL/GLX, proprietary nvidia drivers


I want to enable direct rendering on my laptop. As I got a warning from steam about it and I assume that is why my steam game “GearUp” won’t work. I’ve looked at this thread:

The code:

glxinfo2 | grep OpenGL


glxinfo | grep direct

Yields nothing, when run with sudo I am told the commands are not found. I installed the Mesa-demo-x and get about 60 fps on the ‘glxgears’ command, and the animation looks choppy.


As shown by the image above, ‘Direct Rendering’ appears to be disabled. Although the nVidia drivers appears to be correctly installed, but I’m not sure. I didn’t get any error messages during the nvidia driver install.

Long story short: How do I enable ‘Direct Rendering’?

Best regards,

Jacob Collstrup

Show the output of the command


if it does not show that your user is member of the video group, add the
video group in yast for your user. Log out from your graphical session
and log in again.

Thanks! Got the OpenGL and GLX to work. Game still not launching…will have to research that. Thanks for the help!


I don’t have an application named glxinfo2 so I think this is the correct command.

glxinfo | grep OpenGL

So if I can assume this is not a dual graphics laptop using Optimus, here are some resources to load the nVIDIA proprietary video driver the hard way: Installing the nVIDIA Video Driver the Hard Way - Blogs - openSUSE Forums And to help in installing the driver, look here: LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3 - Version 1.46 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

And to install the latest Linux kernel, look here (I would bail out from using kernel 3.7 myself): openSUSE and Installing New Linux Kernel Versions - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

And if you do compile your own kernel using SAKC, you can use this to auto reinstall the nVIDIA video driver as well: S.A.N.D.I. - SuSE Automated NVIDIA Driver Installer - Version 1.00 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Thank You,