Installing of the nVidia drivers on JDS (SuSe Linux version)

On the first sight it seems as the clear thing but sometimes it can be the iffy problem. Actually i describe here the ordinary method how to do that.

JDS (SuSe Linux version)

First of all you have to download the drivers. The best way is to download the drivers from nVidia. So now you have to stop the X server. There is a few possible ways (you can kill all x applications and then also gdm ;) but it is little bit dumpy-looking) but the best one is move into the runlevel 3. You can do that this way:
- press CTRL+ALT+F1 (you has moved into the text mode but X server still running -> you can switch back by pressing ALT+F7/8)
- now login as root (use command "su" ;))
- move into the runlevel 3 -> run command "init 3 (the X server will be switched off)
- run the nVidia installer -> run the downloaded file -> "sh [downloaded-file]"
- pass through the installer (maybe you will need the kernel pre-compiled headers -> for this use google ;))
- now the nvidia kernel module is installed
- edit your XFree/XOrg config file -> for XFree edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config and for XOrg edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf (which X server you are using you can find out by running this command "X -version") and in this file you have to change the line where the video driver is specified. Mostly the video device section seems like this:
Section "Device"
  BoardName    "name of your card"
  BusID        "1:0:0"
  Driver       "nv"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  Screen       0
  Option       "Rotate" "off"
  VendorName   "NVidia"
EndSection
So you have to change the line Driver "nv" for Driver "nvidia".
- now restart the computer by running command "reboot" or if you don't want to restart load the module into kernel by running command "modprobe nvidia" and than back into the runlevel 5 by running command "init 5".
- now you have the nVidia drivers running and you can avail the advantages of OpenGl or Direct3D. For settings use the nvidia-settings utility (you can get it from here). Enjoy it ! ;)

Debian Linux

So there is a lot of ways to do that. I have found very good document about this problematic and i have stored it in my bookmark. Actually here it is: http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/index.html. For settings use the nvidia-settings utility (you can get it by running command "apt-get install nvidia-settings"). Enjoy it also ;)
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