I thought I’d share my own findings:
I also have a NVIDIA graphics card which did run on Nouveuo drivers but would not start into the KDM after installing the NVIDIA drivers from the OpenSUSE package repositories when running nvidia-xconfig which created an xorg.conf To fix this I rename the xorg.conf to xorg.conf.bak which would start my GUI but I did not get any 3D effects.
To resolve this issue, I downloaded the appropriate run package from NVIDIA’s Unix site, switched to text mode with “init 3”. Obviously have to run as “root” which can be achieved by logging in as root or by running “su”.
Then I changed to the appropriate run file directory using “cd /setups” or wherever you saved your run file. Changed access permissions of run file by doing “chmod 0777 NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.44.run”. Obviously I have the 64bit version of OpenSUSE installed.
Then I simple entered “./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.44.run” which started the setup program. Follow the instructions. Upon completion, reboot by typing “shutdown -r now” or switch to graphics mode by typing “init 5”.
Before installing this updated version, I noted that the version I downloaded is newer (Actually prior to download). This can be achieved by entering “zypper search -i nvidia” which will list installed nvidia drivers, if there are any. ***Example: ***
ICS-LINUXSERVER:/setups # zypper search -is nvidia
Retrieving repository ‘PK_TMP_DIR’ metadata [done]
Retrieving repository ‘Root Drive - Setups’ metadata [done]
Retrieving repository ‘Updates for openSUSE 11.4 11.4-0’ metadata [done]
Building repository ‘Updates for openSUSE 11.4 11.4-0’ cache [done]
Loading repository data…
Reading installed packages…
S | Name | Type | Version | Arch | Repository
i | nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-default | package | 260.19.36_k18.104.22.168_1.2-23.1 | x86_64 | Root Drive - Setups
i | nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-default | package | 260.19.36_k22.214.171.124_1.2-23.1 | x86_64 | NVIDIA drivers
i | x11-video-nvidiaG02 | package | 260.19.36-24.1 | x86_64 | Root Drive - Setups
i | x11-video-nvidiaG02 | package | 260.19.36-24.1 | x86_64 | NVIDIA drivers
This does the following:
- search → Zypper Search command
- -i → Show only packages that are already installed.
- -s → Show all available versions of found packages, each version in each repository on a separate line.
NB: My example of Zypper lists versions after installation. In my case this worked flawlessly. If not, you can try adding “nomodeset” to your Kernel command Line parameters. This used to work in the past. I mention this because this is the only other thing I tried prior to downloading and installing the driver from the NVidia web site.
Hope this helps someone.
NB: “nvidia-settings” will now also work under KDE. Oh! And the drivers can be downloaded here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html