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Old 11-16-02, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Suse 8.1 And Nvidia Drivers

I know its been covered before at length, and I have read all the postings, but it is all greek to me. I don`t understand all the commands, or at least I would if they stated what you actually type, and where. So, I tried to install the new downloaded drivers from NVIDIA. I cant get my modem to work in suse 8.1, so I downloaded the drivers onto a zip disc with Win XP, then booted up linux.
Do I need to install them ( I got the kernel and glx rpm drivers) using command line text or can I install them an easier way?, I thought.
I opened up the zip drive in linux and located the downloaded files. Clicked on the kernel rpm, and a box opened asking if I wanted Yast2 to install this file. Of course i clicked ok and another box opened. I looked in the dropdown menu, top left and selected packages, scrolled down till I found the nvidia driver and clicked to have yast2 install it. Did the same with glx ( hey, this is almost as good as windows!)
When I look at the package, it tells me the new driver is installed, but it doesnt appear to be working.
I assume this way of installing was correct, as linux let me do it, or do I need to do it the complicated way to get it to work.
BTW, I tried typing the relevant text in the konsole as read in another post and on the nvidia site, and I got the message that it was a bad command.
Any pointers please, in Key stage 1 english?

Thanks

allan
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Old 11-18-02, 12:59 PM   #2
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First off, did you restart X. It sounds like you were installing the package
from within X, so you would have to restart to effect any changes made.

But before you restart look in /etc/X11/XF86Config for the following section:

Section "Device"
BoardName "TNT2"
Driver "nvidia"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Option "NvAGP" "0"
Screen 0
VendorName "nVidia"
EndSection

You want to make sure your section has at least "Driver" "nvidia" in it.
This is the section responsible for telling XF86 which driver to use. SuSE
provides sax2 which is nice graphical XF86 configuration tool, but I try to
stay away from it. If you want to try it. Leave X and type sax2 at the
command line as root. Hopefully this will help! You should probably
try consulting one of the FAQs as they will have a lot more details than I have
given here.
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