suse 12.3:Can't login on runlevel 3, trying to install Nvidia driver

Hi, complete n00b here! Fresh install of 12.3, Gnome, kernel 3.7.16, 64 bit (what else do I put here??!)

Previously with this graphics card, I had installed the Nvidia driver the “hard way” (SDB:NVIDIA the hard way - openSUSE) when I had 11.3 installed on my other drive. That is my goal here. However, I cannot login to runlevel 3. When at runlevel 5, I typed as root “init 3”, the terminal just returned. So I tried to add “3” to grub2 menu. I was able to login as my username and I tried to install the nvidia driver, however I got an error something like “X still running”. However, now I cannot login to the Desktop or recover mode. If I type ctrl+alt+F1, I get the “doing fast boot, creating device nodes with udev, fatal: error inserting nouvea no such device” and then "welcome to openSUSE 12.3, login: " and when I type my username or root, it just returns to “login”.

Any suggestions?

P.S. I have yet to figure out how to put in screenshots or anything. Thanks for your patience.

On Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:56:01 +0000, gradstudent wrote:

> P.S. I have yet to figure out how to put in screenshots or anything.
> Thanks for your patience.

Someone else will be by to help you with the issue you’re having
(offhand, I don’t have any ideas on what to check other than to boot in
single user mode and see if you can login there.

For screenshots -


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To log into runlevel 3: How to Start openSUSE 12.3 with Grub 2 into Run Level 3 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

To install driver the hardway: Installing the nVIDIA Video Driver the Hard Way - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Thank You,

Thanks for your responses. I think I have narrowed down my problem:

~> uname -r

~> rpm -qa | grep kernel

If I uninstall (through the yast gui) the patterns one and get the patch for kernel-desktop, then will I reboot into 3.7.10-1.16.1?

That was the problem! My screen looks beautiful.

Happy to hear of your success and for sharing it with it.

Thank You,