I was happily using leap up to 15.1. Then, silly me, I tried an upgrade to 15.2 without reading that I had to do a full install. never got those problems resolved…one of which is the Neuveau drivers. Time to move on. I’m going to do a full install of 15.3 on a separate drive and then put my data back and hopefully, all will go well.
I do not do gaming, so I don’t have a high end video card and the one I’m using is an Nvidia card. Back in 15.1 I was using the Neuveau driver and all was well. Before I do the installation I want to know if I should get a new video card and if so, which will be usable without the problems I have had with Neuveau?
I’m still on 15.2 but I think I can share some ideas:
The major trouble with old nvidia cards was upgrade to 15.2 where the G03 driver is not available anymore. If your card worked there I think it should be fine in 15.3, too. To be sure, you may share more info on your hardware and your current setup.
I’m going to do a full install of 15.3 on a separate drive and then put my data back and hopefully, all will go well.
Well, a full backup of /home/ would be best. Then, I’d check if you have /home/ on a separate partition. In that case you can do your new install and tell the installer to use your exisiting /home/. Make sure to not format it in the settings of expert partitioner.
Your data will be preserved, settings used and new software setting will be updated. If you use Kontact / Akonadi you may wish to check if it is using mysql or mariadb. There’s some threads here with issue that mysql got replaced be mariadb. That shouldn’t be an issue but for downward compatibilty. It wouldn’t harm you anyway. You have backed-up you /home/!
Ah, and be aware that 15.3 is now getting updates from SLE repos. Others can share there actual experience with the upgrade.
After all, the release notes are quite important for this version.
You have to decide for yourself whether it is worth replacing your video card. I can only tell you that I avoid Nvidia because a large part of the topics here in the forum relate to their graphic cards. However if you are happy with the noveau driver you could always fall back to that driver with the nomodeset option in GRUB. Although I am not an IT person I have become the maintainer of our small network of 5 computers, one Tumbleweed and the rest Leap now all upgraded to 15.3. 4 of the 5 computers computers have intel graphics and I never had problems with them They always seem to grab the relevant driver during install and upgrade and just work. One computer is 15 years old (without intel graphics see the topic here “upgrade from 15.2 - no GUI” https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/555021-upgrade-from-15-2-no-GUI?p=3038959#post3038959) and when I have to replace it I make sure again that it will have intel graphics.
I too have had major issues with nvidia proprietary drivers. But, I am past them.
If you are doing a fresh install of 15.3 you will have the system nouveau drivers by default. You can’t install nvidia drivers through install disk process. Separate license confirmation is needed before installing them…
There is an option to not use the mesa-nouveau in the15.3 install process, I took that option. Your system should run fine after install using the system default drivers. I have tabooed (in yast software manager) the mesa-dri-nouveau driver to keep it out of the way. That is the one you declined to install in the install dialogue.
If you wish to try the proprietary nvidia drives, that is a separate step. I can’t say whether there would be any performance improvement on your older card. Perhaps the “stock” drivers would be acceptable to you.
There are docs related to the “easy” way and the “hard” way to install nvidia proprietary drivers. Read them before starting changeover to nvidia.
I have an nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 ti card that works fine for me. Uses G05 level drivers. I don’t do games though. I do scientific work and graphs and astronomical photos are to me acceptable on this card at 1920x1080 resolution. This is mid level card (now out of date probably).
I would try what you have and you can later upgrade card if you wish.