Downloaded and installed 11.4 did a clean install. I went and tried to install the Nvidia drivers here are the steps I did (replaced user with my own)
logout selected shutdown console log in
logged in as user and than su
selected ok to Nvidias terms
This is where it told me that the nouveau driver needed to be prevented from turning on and asked if I wanted to have Nvidia setup turn off nouveau
I selected no and went back to the terminal
I tried the command echo “blacklist nouveau” >> /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf
It did not give me any errors. I also tried to reboot after that. Here is the log also.
nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Sat Mar 12 07:52:50 2011
installer version: 260.19.44
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
precompiled interfaces : true
no ncurses color : false
query latest version : false
no questions : false
silent : false
no recursion : false
no backup : false
kernel module only : false
sanity : false
add this kernel : false
no runlevel check : false
no network : false
no ABI note : false
no RPMs : false
no kernel module : false
force SELinux : default
no X server check : false
no cc version check : false
run distro scripts : true
no nouveau check : false
run nvidia-xconfig : false
sigwinch work around : true
force tls : (not specified)
force compat32 tls : (not specified)
X install prefix : (not specified)
X library install path : (not specified)
X module install path : (not specified)
OpenGL install prefix : (not specified)
OpenGL install libdir : (not specified)
compat32 install chroot : (not specified)
compat32 install prefix : (not specified)
compat32 install libdir : (not specified)
utility install prefix : (not specified)
utility install libdir : (not specified)
installer prefix : (not specified)
doc install prefix : (not specified)
kernel name : (not specified)
kernel include path : (not specified)
kernel source path : (not specified)
kernel output path : (not specified)
kernel install path : (not specified)
precompiled kernel interfaces path : (not specified)
precompiled kernel interfaces url : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp mirror : ftp://download.nvidia.com
RPM file list : (not specified)
selinux chcon type : (not specified)
Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> Installing NVIDIA driver version 260.19.44.
-> Running distribution scripts
ERROR: The Nouveau kernel driver is currently in use by your system. This
driver is incompatible with the NVIDIA driver, and must be disabled
before proceeding. Please consult the NVIDIA driver README and your
Linux distribution's documentation for details on how to correctly
disable the Nouveau kernel driver.
-> For some distributions, Nouveau can be disabled by adding a file in the modp
robe configuration directory. Would you like nvidia-installer to attempt to
create this modprobe file for you? (Answer: Yes)
-> The modprobe configuration file to disable Nouveau,
/etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf, has been written.
For some distributions, this may be sufficient to disable Nouveau; other
distributions may require modification of the initial ramdisk. Please
reboot your system and attempt NVIDIA driver installation again. Note if
you later wish to reenable Nouveau, you will need to delete the file
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions
on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
driver download page at www.nvidia.com.
In addition to doing a blacklist you should add the nomodeset kernel load option in your /boot/grub/menu.lst file. You will notice that this command is one of several already added to the Failsafe startup. You need to have root permissions to edit this file. In KDE use the menu Run command:
kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
Edit the normal openSUSE 11.4 startup line to include the nomodeset option as in:
Also, it is suggested that you set the NO_KMS_IN_INITRD = yes in your /etc/sysconfig editor:
YaST | System | /etc/sysconfig Editor | System | Kernel | NO_KMS_IN_INITRD = yes
Be very careful in loading any beta nVIDIA video driver if you have not used the nomodset command. Problems in beta version when started with the wrong kernel load options can render your entire copy of openSUSE unable to start.
By the way, I have a bash script helpful in loading the nVIDIA driver the hard way located here:
Putting “nomodeset” in boot parameters killed the nouveau warning for me and the Nvidia driver installed fine
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Hi guys, I’m having trouble installing the nVidia driver on a Lenovo ThinkPad T410.
card is NVS 3100m.
This is what I have done:
fresh install of OpenSuse 11.4
instaled kernel-source, gcc, make
went to nvidia.com, chose Prod. type “quadro”, series “quadro nvs series notebook”, product “NVS 3100M”, type “Quadro driver”, op.system “Linux 64 bits”
downloaded the driver
blacklisted nouveau using echo “blacklist nouveau” >> /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf (as root in terminal)
edited grub menu, put in the nomodeset option as shown above
changed NO_KMS_IN_INITRD = yes
rebooted system, pressed 3 on boot, so I boot in runlevel 3
logged in as root, ran sh NVIDIA…
everything worked (apparently fine). one time it asked about OPEN GL, i chose “yes”. then it asked about X configuration, i chose “yes” again. got the message that it is ok.
rebooted again - no GUI, just console
if I login and type startx, it says: "xauth: file "/home/ciprian/.severauth.1401 does not exist " and some error about movind the log fille
then xinit: giving up, xiniti: unable to conect to X server: connection refused and xinit: server error.
then again xinit failes. /usr/bin/Xorg is not setuid, maybe that’s the reason?
so either use a dispaly manager… bla bla
if i login as root and do startx, I get
(EE) no devices detected
Fatal error : no screens found
Any ideas how to solve this?
P.S. I also tried to install with the repository method. It said everything went ok, but in the end I was still using the nouveau driver. After messing with it to take it out, the system was just flickering and boot and then dropping to a console
Based on what you say, you did everything properly, so that means there is something we do not know about the operation of your Lenovo ThinkPad T410. Specifically, is this a dual graphics device? Is there a BIOS setting required to activate the nVIDIA graphics? Since the driver and method does work when done as you say, a hardware issue of some sort must exist.
I followed the instructions from post #7 above and installed my Asus GTS 450 card. Everything seems fine, but Monitor Preferences in Control Centre no longer detect my monitor (it did with the nouveau driver out of the box):
When I run the **nVIDIA X Server Settings **and want to work with a second monitor that does not appear, then make sure the second monitor is connected, that it is turned on and not in energy savings mode and then press the Detect Displays button. This should cause the second monitor to appear. You then select it with your mouse, it becomes highlighted in a red outline and pick the **Configure… **Button.