Nvidia Quadro 140 NVS - a friends question. :)

Well, obviously some things do not quite work out for a friend of mine.
Right now he is sitting here with his system (OpenSuse 11.1, KDE 4.2.3 & a quadro NVS 140 card) and wants to install THE LATEST Nvidia Drivers.
What has been done so far?**

  1. He installed the kernel-source and updated his system to the latest software.
  2. He checked www.en.opensuse.org/Nvidia and chose the OCI for NVIDIA Legacy cards (Geforce 4 and older, TNT)

What happened?

Well, now he does only get the bash. Means no graphical interface.
I told him to execute

sax2 -r m 0=nvidia

… but that turned out to be useless: “sorry could not start configuration server”.

You guys probably know the issue - as everything is smooth as heaven on my own servers I somehow do not know what advice to give him to get (sigh) the LATEST nvidia drivers.
Another option would be to check http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html to get the driver to install it “The hard way” - but which one to choose?
Important for him is to get updates/upgrades via YaST for that driver too…

Thanks for helping out!


Sure that card isn’t supported by the latest driver?

Anyway, this is my canned response for doing it the ‘Hard Way’ :slight_smile:

Have you installed the nvidia driver via 1-click? If not I recommend
the hard way, else follow the easy way here;

If you have installed nvidia rpms via the easy way, I suggest removing
the rpms installed and disabling the nvidia repository first.

You can download the driver for your arch from;
Nvidia Unix Drivers

On the download page, check that your card is supported by the driver
your about to download by using the following command;

echo -n "0x" && /sbin/lspci -nv |grep VGA|cut -f4 -d ":"|cut -f1 -d "("

From the above output use the numbers from the output to look at the
Supported Products List (link on the left) to verify your card is
supported by the driver.

You may wish to ensure your system is up to date. The first command
refreshes the repositories, the second lists any updates, the third
will apply the updates.

sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper lu
sudo zypper up

NOTE: If the kernel updated, please reboot before continuing :slight_smile:

If you don’t have the kernel source and tools etc installed then

sudo zypper in kernel-source linux-kernel-headers kernel-syms
module-init-tools make gcc

Press ctrl+alt+F1 and login as your user :slight_smile:

su -
init 3

cd to the Nvidia Unix Driver you downloaded

sh NV*.run -q
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
init 5 && exit

The ctrl+alt+F7 gets you back to the GUI (X session).

Now after a kernel update, you don’t need to run the sax2 command, just
the others to get to run level 3, rebuild the driver and exit.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.1 x86_64 Kernel
up 3 days 16:02, 1 user, load average: 0.14, 0.07, 0.02
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 180.51

You just made copy n’paste from another post, dude… heheh…
Thanks anyway - but that hardly answers my questions:

  1. He DID install via One-Click-Install (OCI) - and afterwards the error happened.
  2. WHICH arch is NVS 140M from the Unix Drivers Portal Page?

Almost seems to me like you didn’t really read my post and just thought: “Oh well, just another buddy having issues with Nivdia… let’s use my post once again…”.


It does answer I agree the chances of this being legacy are pretty remote even the popular fx5 which is a good few years old isn’t.

Your friend needs to run the echo part and check the hex ID against nvidia if he’s going to go the hard way.

Great. Let’s do it the hard way. Output is 0x0429 and -as expected- his card is supported.
BUT: Which arch to choose? he is running on 64bit and there are basically two choices: Linux IA64 or Linux AMD64/EM64T.

Is he able to get UPDATES as well as UPGRADES through the hard way or what else is needed? :slight_smile:


As suggested when choosing the driver check the supported page ctrl f works quite well in a browser :wink:

Though tbh I struggled to find it either way with the hex or the graphics card hopefully someone else will pipe up. Also you can try this Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users

Or guess even google go on you can do this you go fishing I even noticed a suse posting linux driver quadro NVS 140 - Google Search

IA64 is Intel Itanium architecture processor
Linux AMD64/EM64T is for both AMD & Intel ( Extended Memory 64 Technology )


Hence my canned (ie standard response :wink: )

In your case it’s the Linux AMD64/EM64T on IA=itanium EM=Intel

As stated in the last part, if the kernel is updated you need to reboot
and then run through the final part and no need to run sax2.

Llogin as your user :slight_smile:

su -
init 3

cd to the Nvidia Unix Driver you downloaded

sh NV*.run -q
init 5 && exit

You should now be back at the GUI.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.1 x86_64 Kernel
up 3 days 17:14, 1 user, load average: 0.02, 0.03, 0.00
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 180.51

From my bookmarks:


Whether posted or not, all NVIDIA drivers appear here.

Thanks to all of you, guys!

He did exactly as malcomlevis stated, but still he doesn=t get back into his normal system and is only able to work on the failsafe system.
Thing is, that everytime he tries to configure NVIDIA, the GUI tells to do that via command nvidia-xconfig.

He does that in console, then reboots and still, ONLY failsafe works…
Oh, and I want to ask another important question ahead: Does he get UPDATES and UPGRADES that way?




Precise answer, my friend. How then? :wink:

And please note the second part of my post: He is only able to use the failsafe system… even after nvidia-xconfig.

Any suggestions? Would be great to install the latest drivers with support for updates somehow…


Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users

lol what happened to 12 lol

Well TheMask

We going to need the info like xorg.logs what startx says, the xorg.conf etc… If you want updates then you need the correct oneclick… And after uninstalling the other way completely.

Took a little to uninstall the stuff, but now everything is back to normal.
Would you please tell me which of the three available choices is correct for NVS 140?

He is getting confused a little… :wink:


That was covered by the “No” :slight_smile:

No I can’t but I can take an educated guess but that isn’t the same as knowing or telling…

Pretty sure its not legacy, certainly isn’t fx5**, so really only leaves one left.

And here is my last question for today: If he used the correct-one-click-install, he would be able to get the latest updates for the driver.
I think that’s obviously true - nothing to be needed to confirm. :slight_smile:

Have a good night, guys!


The problem you may have from my very brief google is sometimes gpu’s have there little quirks now hopefully it’ll work fine…

I did notice a bug about in regards to the said gpu, and if xxx version doesn’t work then you’ll have no choice but to do the hard way and repeat on each kernel update.

Well, as mentioned, it’s the newest kernel with a perfectly running KDE 4.2.3.
Seems to be no working driver around for the Quadro NVS 140 at the moment due to the fact that installing it the hard way gave him same results.