Many thanks. A few missing details though. I use autologin at the moment myself. I needed to log out and select correct session without X. What failsafe is is kind of blurry. Perhaps it depends on how experienced you are with Linux. Failsafe should really be “without X”? Failsafe selection during bootup still loads X.
I’ll take notes next time I will compile (should be soon after release of 12.1)
good useful post I guess ,
I remeber having problems sending blacklist nouveau so going throw daniel3 posts was helpfull as well as switching to runlevel 3 with init 3 command and installingfrom there. . . .
Just run fastboot, select the kernel in which to install the nVIDIA driver, Add the option 3 and enter a Y to restart. When the restart completes, install the nVIDIA drive. You can use the lnvhw script to run that install as well.
I did something wrong the second time I was about to play with the driver. The computer autologged in to a dysfunctional mode without any GUI, nor visible text mode. Only blackish/purple blank screen. Autologin is advised not to use
That and Shell was the only accessible modes. With my rather low knowledge in this area I was incapable of restoring the computer without reinstall… I’m currently using the repo version. You need to create the xorg.conf (if you wish to keep your multiscreen config) though with this driver…
Asus N55S with GeForce GT55M. Total nightmare just to get installation running 12.1, finally got it with no acpi (setnomode didn’t work). However, of course, video would tear and distort such that an editor would not be view-able even. I downloaded the latest driver for 64 bit Linux from Nvidia, switched to run level 3, then ran commands in your instructions. Not sure why needed gcc, etc, but ran that anyway. Installation seemed fine, but reboot makes it to command line only. Tried setnomode, acpi=off/on, nothing works. Now also can no longer dual boot Windows, in process of recovery restore from backup disk image, unfortunately.
Did you try or add in the kernel load option:** nomodeset**? This is entered at the Grub OS selection menu before you press enter and can be added to the file /etc/grub/menu.lst file as root. At the nVIDIA site, I find no reference to a video card called GT55M and so I wonder just what this really is or if you have the wrong name? When you go to the nVIDIA site, you MUST enter the correct video card in order to confirm the correct driver to use. Since it failed for you, perhaps it was not the right one?
I’m surprised that no one mentions installation from the nvidia repo anymore in these fora. AFAIK it is the easiest way, specially for a newbie - no need to install development libs/aps/sources/etc or to recompile the driver whenever there’s a kernel update.
Since 11.2 (or 11.1 IIRC) I only had to add the repo and Yast’s update would automagically select and install the driver, which I could then forget about, no need for recompilations ever. It was always something I really admired in oS.
Perhaps nouveau is good enough that there’s no more need for this, or is it still working in 12.1?
You can find the repository method for installing the nVIDIA driver here: SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE, For me, I like to load the very latest nVIDIA driver version and often its required when I use the very latest kernel. But of course, we are all free to recommend any method we know how to use and support.
The last thing I see before it goes to command line is “nvidiafb: cannot ioremap FB base”.
Researched that, just more endless circles, wow this is too much.
Never in 12 years of installing Linux, or even in developing hardware, have I seen quite this many problems on a new install.