Nvidia 'the hard way' question

Hi,
I had installed the Nvidia (closed source) driver via Yast/repository.
However after today’s update, the driver would not work anymore, so I
installed it via the hard way (that was not that hard) :slight_smile:

My question is this: Do I have to uninstall the nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-desktop
and the x11-video-nvidiaG02 files from yast?
Or should I leave those as they are (they appear ticked).

Many thanks

-G-

If it was me, I would uninstall them, and then try again a second time to build “the hardway”.

Its that necessary ? I do not know. I’ve never tried to install the proprietary driver using the rpm/repository method.

-G- wrote:

> Hi,
> I had installed the Nvidia (closed source) driver via Yast/repository.
> However after today’s update, the driver would not work anymore

Why not?
Did you restarted X or rebooted?
I’m asking because the update worked flawlessly here without a reboot.
I just went to runlevel 3 and back to runlevel 5.


Chris Maaskant

Chris Maaskant wrote:

> -G- wrote:
> Why not?
> Did you restarted X or rebooted?

Rebooted twice, reinstalled twice. The machine boots but the fonts are all
small and the glxgears does not run. I tried running sax2 everything seems
OK, but when you are about to test it it gives an error (I am away from the
computer now, so I cannot tell what the log said).

> I’m asking because the update worked flawlessly here without a reboot.
> I just went to runlevel 3 and back to runlevel 5.

It is a mobile nvidia and I had problems before after updates, while my
desktop did not have any problems (different model of graphics adapter
though).

Thanks (and to oldcpu as well for the suggestion)

Cheers
-G-

Thanks for the information. In truth, this does not mean as much as it could unless you tell us what graphic driver was actually be used. My guess is the fbdev !!

Some graphic theory in case you have not seen this: openSUSE Forums - View Single Post - openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users

To check what graphic driver is being used when X is running, go to /var/log/Xorg.0.log and open that up with a text editor. You should see something like:

[II]nouveau
or
[II]NVIDIA
or
[II]NV
or
[II]VESA
or
[II]fbdev
… etc …
I may have the syntax wrong (as I am not at a Linux PC to check) but I think you get the idea. Each of those indicate a different graphic driver.

oldcpu wrote:

> To check what graphic driver is being used when X is running, go to
> /var/log/Xorg.0.log and open that up with a text editor. You should see
> something like:

Yes, now that I installed the hard way I get:

> [II]NVIDIA

The card is a GeForce Go 7600

The error that sax2 generated after updating from the repo (in
/var/log/Xorg.99.log) seems to be these lines:

(II) Module nvidia: vendor=“NVIDIA Corporation”
compiled for 4.0.2, module version = 1.0.0
Module class: X.Org Video Driver
(EE) NVIDIA: Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module. Please check your
(EE) NVIDIA: system’s kernel log for additional error messages.
(II) UnloadModule: “nvidia”
(II) Unloading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/updates//drivers/nvidia_drv.so
(EE) Failed to load module “nvidia” (module-specific error, 0)
(EE) No drivers available.

Anyway it is sorted now. I wonder what it was though.
Cheers

-G-

Excellent. Glad to read its working.

Unfortunately, the entire graphic driver issue is one area, despite a lot of effort made by the community to solve this, is still one area where Linux really lags …