NVIDIA driver for 13.2 and LNVHW

I currently am on OPENSUSE 13.1 (x86_64) and want to upgrade to 13.2. I have downloaded the latest drivers including the video driver for my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE video card. In past upgrades I have used James McDaniel’s (jdmcdaniel3) LNVHW ( Load Nvidia the Hard Way) script and wanted to see if there was an update but he hasn’t posted since 2013 and all his posts have disappeared. I have a copy I used for the 13.1 install and think it might still work but am not sure. What is the preferred method for installing the Nvidia driver?

James has left this world, sorry to say.

It is easier to use the repo way for Nvidia drivers. Just add the Nvidia repo (from the community repos), then install the driver for your card.

I am very sorry to hear about James. He was such a gentleman and giver. I and lots of other folks benefited from his generosity and knowledge.

if you REALLY want to use the MANUAL install and MANUAL set up for the .run
you can BUT using the nvidia repo and zypper is easier

install gcc and autotools ( development pattern)
install the kernel source

the .run will add a nouveau blacklist
suse is not seeing it
manually edit the blacklist file and delete the nvidia added one

reboot into TEXT ONLY ( the only option)
rebuild the boot image with out the nouveau driver installed

install the .run

then reinstall ALL mesa and mesa-devel rpms ( all of them that are installed )
the .run REPLACES the /include/GL/GL.h with a DIFFERENT version that dose NOT match the mesa lib from the suse repos

you need to reinstall meas EVERY time you reinstall the .run
and you have to reinstall the .run EVERY TIME there is a kernel, and xorg update

– a lot of work


su -
zypper install x11-video-nvidiaG ?? 

is easier

When I moved from 13.1 to 13.2
I edited all my repos’ including nvidia one from 13.1 to 13.2 and ran a system upgrade (not zypper dup exactly, but basically the UI equivalent)