I had trouble with getting the Nvidia driver to work. Rather than keep fighting with it, I decided since I had the nouveau driver installed, and to keep with open source, to figure out how, if it was even possible, to get 3D working with the nouveau driver. I found this document; nouveau Wiki - MesaDrivers which lead me to get Mesa-nouveau3d; software.opensuse.org: Search Results I did the search for 12.1, you can change it to fit your version. Glxinfo does show direct rendering after reboot. Problem solved.
Jon, it should work OOTB. On a couple of occasions I left the nouveau driver installed instead of immediately moving to the NVIDIA install. 3D, i.e. cube, wobbly windows etc, worked out of the box. Nouveau still has some small glitches but the overall performance and functionality is good. Yet, once the NVIDIA driver has been installed, you need to roll back some stuff to get nouveau back to work.
The 3D doesn’t work out of the box. It can’t. It doesn’t have the appropriate driver per the wiki I listed above. I find with this, it works wonderfully.
Honestly, it was the first thing I noticed after logging in on a fresh 12.1 install on a new account, because I wanted to know whether I would install the NVIDIA blob anyway. Cube and wobbly windows worked as soon as I selected them, on a clean install.
Jon, it should work OOTB
I did a install last week on a box with a 9800GT
Effects were working after proper reboot (Had the usual post install reboot issue)
Still installed the blob
On Sun, 01 Jan 2012 20:16:03 +0530, Knurpht
> Jonathan_R;2424951 Wrote:
>> The 3D doesn’t work out of the box. It can’t. It doesn’t have the
>> appropriate driver per the wiki I listed above. I find with this, it
>> works wonderfully.
> Honestly, it was the first thing I noticed after logging in on a fresh
> 12.1 install on a new account, because I wanted to know whether I would
> install the NVIDIA blob anyway. Cube and wobbly windows worked as soon
> as I selected them, on a clean install.
this happened to me, too. doing a fresh install (during 12.1 milestone
days) i noticed that nueveau was supporting 3D out of the box. it probably
depends on the exact model / chipset of the nvidia card. after a while i
installed the proprietary driver though, and found that everything got
very much clearer, more crisp. something, perhaps subpixel hinting, didn’t
work with nuveau; never found out what exactly.
Something I did notice (during install) so far on all nVidia based installs. Is the graphics and particularly the font rendering was fantastic