I’ve never had any luck using “one click” to install drivers for an NVIDIA gpu, and I get the impression from reading these forums that nobody else has either.
The more successful method is really easy:). I never use any method other than " “the hard way” to install NVIDIA drivers. It’s really not hard at all. It only takes about two minutes, and I think it’s easier than any alternative.
Further to caprus post, … I also use the “hardway”, … but if one is going to go that route, first ensure you:
under yast > software > software management select the pattern “base development” and install those associated packages, and
*]install kernel-source, kernel-syms and linux-kernel-headers (note kernel-source and kernel-syms MUST be of same version as your kernel).
Those are needed to build your driver when one does it the “hardway” (which is not hard).
thx all for the kind reply, @caprus: I already use this way of installing nvidia drivers.
It just doesn’t work with this card.
On my laptop with “nvidia 7800 GO” your solution worked immediately. But on my desktop PC with “nvidia 6800” I just can not get this card working. It seems I’m not the only one …
If you can boot to a text mode, and if you have a nvidia card, then switch to root permissions (you can do that by typing “su” without specifying a user and enter root password) and then type:
sax2 -r -m 0=vesa
sax2 -r -m 0=nv
then restart with
shutdown -r now
Thats assuming only one graphic device.
If more than one you may need to change the “0” to “1”.
Thanks for the reply! I was able to boot into gnome. But now when I try to download the driver, there are no results on the nvidia sit for my drivers (Geforce 7000M). I’m not really sure what to do now.
You note you can boot to gnome. What driver are you using now? nv? vesa?
Second, you do not state if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit openSUSE install.
Third, what do you mean by “when I try to download the driver, there are no results on the nvidia sit for my drivers (Geforce 7000M). I’m not really sure what to do now” … what site are you referring to? What file (for the driver) are you trying to download?
Thanks for the help, everyone. SuSE actually stopped booting just before I had to leave town from visiting my parents, so I had to stick my father back with Windows for a while. I think I’ll give this another try when I get home next time.
In openSuse 10.3 the card worked well but since 11.1 all nvidia driver do not work anymore. Tried last week again with the latest stable and even beta driver from nvidia. Problem is, that the driver even does not recognize which card it is (GeForce 6800)
Thanks for your link, maybe it will help.
Installed on this pc opensuse 11.2 and added the nvidia repository.
Installed the suggested nvdidia driver and made a reboot.
First I was shocked, since the login screen looked absolutely bad. (Wrong colors, distorted)
So I switched to the console and changed to runlevel 3 (init 3)
Then I started sax2 and saved the settings. Then everything worked as expected.