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Old 05-04-04, 03:10 AM   #5
gazza
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Default Re: Nvidia installer under suse linux 9,0

I actually installed Suse9.0 and the 5336 driver on my Athlon64, Suse9.1 not available yet in Belgium.

Log in as root.

Run yast2, select Install and Remove Software.

Another window will open.

On the left of the window will be a label called Filter and a drop down combo box. Select selections in the combo box.

The list window will be updated. This will consist of a tick-box and a description of the selection.

Near the botton will be one called kernel development. If it is not ticked select it. If it is blank it will turn into a tick sign. Press check check dependencies at the botton of the window. Yast will do a quick check to make sure that what you are going to install may not interfere with anything else. It shouldn't do. If you get a message box stating All package dependencies are OK, press the accept button to start an install of these RPM's depending on the speed of your HDD and DVD/CD drive this could be very quick or very slow.

After that has been done, the best thing to do is completely reboot the system, just a habit I have got into.

You are now ready to install the NVidia graphics driver.

After booting and logging in as root. Open a terminal window. I use xterm, but if you are using KDE, just use the kshell tool.

Type the command init -3 to turn X off and return to a frame buffer. Enter the directory that you have the nvidia driver. Execute the command sh Nvidia*****.run, this will unpack and start the driver. The driver code will check to see if it contains a kernel driver for your kernel, it won't, it will then try and connect to the internet. It will fail as you don't have an internet connection. Next it will search for your kernel source, which will be installed in /usr/src/linux Actually linux is just a symbolic link to the currently installed kernel, but you don't need to worry about that. The driver will then compile a kernel module and install itself. After that, you need to run sax2. I cannot quite remember the command you have to run, but it is included in Suse's website. This will automatically update the xfree86 config file with the correct settings, so you can actually use the NVidia driver.

Next type startx to restart the X server. If the driver installed correctly, you will catch a glimpse of the NVidia splash screen as the driver starts up. It will look no different to X normally. The only way of testing is to run a test. Open up another terminal and type glxgears. This will open a window and run an opengl test program. If the termial you started the command from, you will see some output every 5 seconds stating how many frames were generated in 5 seconds, and therefore the frames/per second. If you have a GeForce 5900XT or above, expect to get around 6000fps+.

Hope this helps.
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