Nvidia driver: to install or not to install

Why some one needs to (or should) install Nvidia driver instead of free Graphic driver? What are the reasons? What are advantages of Nvidia driver compare to free graphic driver?

Overall way better graphics and performance

Further to what caf4926 noted, if for example you like to play HD (high definition) videos of 1920x1080 resolution at a high 25MB/sec bit rate. I doubt that your Hp pavilion dv2690ee notebook, Intel core2due 2.4 GH CPU with a nvidia Gforce 8400 Gs Graphic card will play back the video from my Canon HF S10 video camera smoothly without some jitter or lag using the nouveau or nv video drivers.

To test better if you can play back nominal HD videos, if you have LOTS of bandwidth, go to H.264 Demo Clips | H264info.com and select the Avengers 1080p trailer for download ,… or direct to here The Avengers (2012) - H.264 HD 1080p Theatrical Trailer | Movies - Digital Digest for the Avengers 1080p theatrical trailer and after its downloaded, unzip the file and try to play it back. This is a relatively easy video to play back, at 1920x1056 @ only 7 Mbps. Still you may find your PC struggles with this with SMPlayer and the nouveau driver.

With the proprietary nVidia driver and mplayer using the VDPAU setting, this should play back smoothly :

mplayer -vo vdpau ffh264vdpau The\ Avengers\ -\ Trailer.mp4

and that is NOT a challenging video. Note that ‘vdpau’ argument is ONLY if you have the proprietary nVidia driver installed.

or even with nVidia driver and VLC (using xv setting) this should play back smoothly.

or if that was too easy to play back try this example trailer Limitless - H.264 HD 1080p Theatrical Trailer | Movies - Digital Digest which is 1920x1080 @ 8MB/sec. That is also an EASY to play back HD video.

Now the bit rate and the resolution on these video examples are FAR FAR less challenging than what I get from my old Canon HF S10 video camera’s recorded videos (which are 1920x1080 at 24MB/sec bit rate). Here is are a couple of examples of 1920x1080 @ 24MB/sec which is straight from this old Canon:

which come from an old article on this website Canon VIXIA HF S10 First Look! | Video News and that is NOT me - I have nothing to do with the site. Try playing those back on your HP ?

If they playback fine with the nouveau driver, then may you could consider staying with it.

On 01/11/2012 06:26 AM, ilAli wrote:
> Nvidia driver instead of free Graphic driver?

both drivers are free (as in beer, that is, you don’t have to pay money
for either of them)

however only one driver is free–as in open source (and you are FREE
change the driver any way you wish)

there is a reason this distro is called openSUSE and not freeSUSE…

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OK, i know the difference between free and open source, that was a mistake.

if so, why i feel my laptop now after installing Nvidia driver is slower than before installing that?

Goodness knows
You should start a thread on that if you didn’t already

Well remove it then.

how can i remove it?

I am actually using a dual monitor set up and the nvidia driver behaves way smoother and better than the default open source one (I tried it with the new 12.1 installation)

On Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:06:02 +0000, ilAli wrote:

> oldcpu;2429236 Wrote:
>> Well remove it then.
> how can i remove it?

Follow the instructions I gave you in the “How to go back to the default
free Graphic driver” thread in this very forum.


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Did you do any specific tests or is this a fuzzy ‘feel’ assessment as to performance ? Did you compare the playback of any of the HD videos that I pointed you do ?

but in my case i feel after insrtalling that, scrolling webpages in firefox and also scrollng pdf dicuments has been slow.

That could be subjective
Did you start a thread to work on those issues? Was that with or without effects? Did you tweak anything in nvidia-settings?

Yes, i started following thread:
Nvidia driver is slower than open source driver
i did not tweek anything at first but recently for improving the performance i changed “PowerMizer setting” and set it to “Prefer Maximum Performance” in nvidia setting.

I’ve got a new setup and using an nVdia Corporation NV17GL [Quadro NVS] dual VGA card.

Can you tell me the procedure for getting things going?


On 01/21/2012 12:46 PM, chome4 wrote:
> Can you tell me the procedure for getting things going?

you are welcome in the openSUSE forum, but it is completely
inappropriate for you to hop into an thread where one user is trying to
sort out his/her nvidia Gforce 8400 Gs Graphic card and ask for help
with a totally different…

please go here: http://tinyurl.com/37v9y7m and see if you can work your
way to a smile…but, if you have questions please begin a new thread,
with a descriptive subject and include important information like, the
version of openSUSE installed, the desktop environment, something about
your hardware, the driver default installed, etc etc etc

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On 01/21/2012 03:38 PM, DenverD wrote:
> please begin a new thread

never mind, i now see you did that about 30 minutes after posting
here…please do NOT post the same problem twice!!

potential helpers should see this thread: