Ok, apols for the n00b question, but I just can’t figure it out…
How can I tell what video card I have?
How can I tell what video card driver I’m using?
and most importantly,
How can I update the video card driver to the latest/recent version?
I ask because I’m trying to set effects with the Configure Window Behavior, but it/they fail and I receive notification that effects could not be activated (I’m assuming it’s because I don’t have a driver that enables 3D effects).
In the System Tab of KMenu select “install/remove software”. When it has finished loading go to “configure”->“repositories…” to open the repository manager. Click on “add”, then choose “community-repositories” from the list. You will be presented with some of the more important repositories and there will be one named “nvidia”. Check it and click on accept, if asked, import the key, click ok in the repository manager and then accept in the package manager, the correct packages should be automatically be pulled in and installed now. now log out of KDE and relog in to restart the graphical system. Everything should be working now.
The buttons and options could be named a little bit different from what I have posted here, so don’t wonder. I’m not using english locale.
Ok, I’ve added the repos and checked the card (so I install the correct driver). So, at this point, is it really as simple as doing as prescribed here (via either Yast or Zypper)? SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE
Note there are different ways to do this. I always do this ‘the hardway’ (which is not hard), but there is also the “easy way” and the various “repository” ways in the link you noted: SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE … The advantage of the ‘easy way’ is requires less user interaction, but sometimes the latest versions are not yet packaged. The ‘hardway’ typically gets the latest versions.
In all cases, once you start using the proprietary graphic driver, note that there is a good possibility that any kernel update (and sometimes an xorg update) will break the driver’s functionality, and you will either get thrown back to the nouveau driver, the nv driver, or to a full screen terminal, and be forced to update the driver again (and possibly be forced to do so from a full screen terminal).