Nvidia Installer HOWTO for openSUSE users


  Last Update: Wed Aug 14 11:15:10 CEST 2013


IMPORTANT: This document is no longer maintained and completely outdated.
           The only reason it still exists, is that it is still referenced
           by the NVIDIA driver download page. openSUSE users, please add the
           NVIDIA repository, wich is listed in the Community repos, via YaST2.
	   The appropriate driver should be autoselected for installaion then.
           Or install the driver manually if you prefer to have the latest and
           greatest driver, which currently is available.

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This document describes how to use the nvidia installer for the
installation of the latest nvidia driver, which is available for your
openSUSE system.

NOTE: The nvidia installer does not work as long as a Xserver is still
      running and the nvidia kernel module is still loaded. Therefore
      please boot into runlevel 3 by specifying "3" as kernel boot
      option or switch to runlevel 3 ("init 3") and unload the kernel
      module ("rmmod nvidia") before running the nvidia installer.
      Since openSUSE 11.3 use "nomodeset" as additional kernel boot
      option.

Contents

  1. openSUSE 12.1-IA32
  2. openSUSE 12.1-AMD64
  3. openSUSE 11.4-IA32
  4. openSUSE 11.4-AMD64
  5. openSUSE 11.3-IA32
  6. openSUSE 11.3-AMD64
  7. Support for legacy GPUs
  8. References
  9. Support

1. openSUSE 12.1-IA32

It is recommended to use YaST for installation of the NVIDIA
driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/12.1

to add the NVIDIA http server as additional installation source.
Now use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

If no additional packages are autoselected, your card is not supported
by the driver (RPMs) at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that 'xen'
is excluded from the kernel flavors supported by the Nvidia drivers.

People who aren't afraid of recompiling the nvidia kernel module or
even reinstalling the nvidia driver each time the kernel has been
updated and want or need to use the latest and greatest nvidia driver
can use the following steps 1-4. The others should use the
instructions above using YaST and skip the steps below.

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2. 

2) Run the following commands

 echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf
 # recreate initrd without KMS, if the use of KMS is enabled in initrd
 if grep -q NO_KMS_IN_INITRD=\"no\" /etc/sysconfig/kernel; then
   sed -i 's/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD.*/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"/g' /etc/sysconfig/kernel
   mkinitrd
 fi

3) Reboot your machine.

4) Use the nvidia installer for 290.10.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-290.10.run -q
 
IMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module
           after each kernel update.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-290.10.run -K

2. openSUSE 12.1-AMD64

It is recommended to use YaST for installation of the NVIDIA
driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/12.1

to add the NVIDIA http server as additional installation source.
Now use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

If no additional packages are autoselected, your card is not supported
by the driver (RPMs) at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that 'xen'
is excluded from the kernel flavors supported by the Nvidia drivers.

People who aren't afraid of recompiling the nvidia kernel module or
even reinstalling the nvidia driver each time the kernel has been
updated and want or need to use the latest and greatest nvidia driver
can use the following steps 1-4. The others should use the
instructions above using YaST and skip the steps below.

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2. 

2) Run the following commands

 echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf
 # recreate initrd without KMS, if the use of KMS is enabled in initrd
 if grep -q NO_KMS_IN_INITRD=\"no\" /etc/sysconfig/kernel; then
   sed -i 's/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD.*/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"/g' /etc/sysconfig/kernel
   mkinitrd
 fi

3) Reboot your machine.

4) Use the nvidia installer for 290.10.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run -q

IMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module
           after each kernel update.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run -K

3. openSUSE 11.4-IA32

It is recommended to use YaST for installation of the NVIDIA
driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/11.4

to add the NVIDIA http server as additional installation source.
Now use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

If no additional packages are autoselected, your card is not supported
by the driver (RPMs) at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that 'xen'
is excluded from the kernel flavors supported by the Nvidia drivers.

People who aren't afraid of recompiling the nvidia kernel module or
even reinstalling the nvidia driver each time the kernel has been
updated and want or need to use the latest and greatest nvidia driver
can use the following steps 1-4. The others should use the
instructions above using YaST and skip the steps below.

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2. 

2) Run the following commands

 echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf
 # recreate initrd without KMS, if the use of KMS is enabled in initrd
 if grep -q NO_KMS_IN_INITRD=\"no\" /etc/sysconfig/kernel; then
   sed -i 's/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD.*/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"/g' /etc/sysconfig/kernel
   mkinitrd
 fi

3) Reboot your machine.

4) Use the nvidia installer for 290.10.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-290.10.run -q
 
IMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module
           after each kernel update.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-290.10.run -K

4. openSUSE 11.4-AMD64

It is recommended to use YaST for installation of the NVIDIA
driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/11.4

to add the NVIDIA http server as additional installation source.
Now use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

If no additional packages are autoselected, your card is not supported
by the driver (RPMs) at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that 'xen'
is excluded from the kernel flavors supported by the Nvidia drivers.

People who aren't afraid of recompiling the nvidia kernel module or
even reinstalling the nvidia driver each time the kernel has been
updated and want or need to use the latest and greatest nvidia driver
can use the following steps 1-4. The others should use the
instructions above using YaST and skip the steps below.

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2. 

2) Run the following commands

 echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf
 # recreate initrd without KMS, if the use of KMS is enabled in initrd
 if grep -q NO_KMS_IN_INITRD=\"no\" /etc/sysconfig/kernel; then
   sed -i 's/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD.*/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"/g' /etc/sysconfig/kernel
   mkinitrd
 fi

3) Reboot your machine.

4) Use the nvidia installer for 290.10.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run -q

IMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module
           after each kernel update.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run -K

5. openSUSE 11.3-IA32

It is recommended to use YaST for installation of the NVIDIA
driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/11.3

to add the NVIDIA http server as additional installation source.
Now use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

If no additional packages are autoselected, your card is not supported
by the driver (RPMs) at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that 'xen'
is excluded from the kernel flavors supported by the Nvidia drivers.

People who aren't afraid of recompiling the nvidia kernel module or
even reinstalling the nvidia driver each time the kernel has been
updated and want or need to use the latest and greatest nvidia driver
can use the following steps 1-4. The others should use the
instructions above using YaST and skip the steps below.

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2. 

2) Run the following commands

 echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf
 # recreate initrd without KMS, if the use of KMS is enabled in initrd
 if grep -q NO_KMS_IN_INITRD=\"no\" /etc/sysconfig/kernel; then
   sed -i 's/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD.*/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"/g' /etc/sysconfig/kernel
   mkinitrd
 fi

3) Reboot your machine.

4) Use the nvidia installer for 290.10.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-290.10.run -q
 
IMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module
           after each kernel update.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-290.10.run -K

6. openSUSE 11.3-AMD64

It is recommended to use YaST for installation of the NVIDIA
driver. There are several reasons for this. First, it's
simple. Second, and this is the most important one, you won't need to
recompile the nvidia kernel module after a kernel update.

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/11.3

to add the NVIDIA http server as additional installation source.
Now use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

or

  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)

If no additional packages are autoselected, your card is not supported
by the driver (RPMs) at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that 'xen'
is excluded from the kernel flavors supported by the Nvidia drivers.

People who aren't afraid of recompiling the nvidia kernel module or
even reinstalling the nvidia driver each time the kernel has been
updated and want or need to use the latest and greatest nvidia driver
can use the following steps 1-4. The others should use the
instructions above using YaST and skip the steps below.

1) Kernel sources must be installed and configured. Usually this means
installing the 'kernel-source', 'make' and 'gcc' packages with YaST2. 

2) Run the following commands

 echo "blacklist nouveau" > /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia.conf
 # recreate initrd without KMS, if the use of KMS is enabled in initrd
 if grep -q NO_KMS_IN_INITRD=\"no\" /etc/sysconfig/kernel; then
   sed -i 's/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD.*/NO_KMS_IN_INITRD="yes"/g' /etc/sysconfig/kernel
   mkinitrd
 fi

3) Reboot your machine.

4) Use the nvidia installer for 290.10.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run -q

IMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module
           after each kernel update.

 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run -K

7. Support for legacy GPUs

Below are the legacy GPUs that are no longer supported in the
290.10 driver. These GPUs will continue to be maintained
through the special legacy NVIDIA GPU driver releases.

The 173.14.xx driver supports the following set of GPUs:

NVIDIA GPU product 		Device PCI ID
---------------------------------------------
GeForce PCX 5750 		0x00FA
GeForce PCX 5900 		0x00FB
Quadro FX 330/GeForce PCX 5300 	0x00FC
Quadro FX 330/Quadro NVS 280 PCI-E  0x00FD
Quadro FX 1300 			0x00FE
GeForce FX 5800 Ultra 		0x0301
GeForce FX 5800 		0x0302
Quadro FX 2000 			0x0308
Quadro FX 1000 			0x0309
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra 		0x0311
GeForce FX 5600 		0x0312
GeForce FX 5600XT 		0x0314
GeForce FX Go5600 		0x031A
GeForce FX Go5650 		0x031B
Quadro FX Go700 		0x031C
GeForce FX 5200 		0x0320
GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 		0x0321
GeForce FX 5200 		0x0322
GeForce FX 5200LE 		0x0323
GeForce FX Go5200 		0x0324
GeForce FX Go5250 		0x0325
GeForce FX 5500 		0x0326
GeForce FX 5100 		0x0327
GeForce FX Go5200 32M/64M 	0x0328
Quadro NVS 55/280 PCI 		0x032A
Quadro FX 500/FX 600 		0x032B
GeForce FX Go53xx 		0x032C
GeForce FX Go5100 		0x032D
GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 		0x0330
GeForce FX 5900 		0x0331
GeForce FX 5900XT 		0x0332
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 		0x0333
GeForce FX 5900ZT 		0x0334
Quadro FX 3000 			0x0338
Quadro FX 700 			0x033F
GeForce FX 5700 Ultra 		0x0341
GeForce FX 5700 		0x0342
GeForce FX 5700LE 		0x0343
GeForce FX 5700VE 		0x0344
GeForce FX Go5700 		0x0347
GeForce FX Go5700 		0x0348
Quadro FX Go1000 		0x034C
Quadro FX 1100 			0x034E

The 96.43.xx driver supports the following set of GPUs:

NVIDIA GPU product 		Device PCI ID
---------------------------------------------
GeForce2 MX/MX 400 		0x0110
GeForce2 MX 100/200 		0x0111
GeForce2 Go 			0x0112
Quadro2 MXR/EX/Go 		0x0113
GeForce4 MX 460 		0x0170
GeForce4 MX 440 		0x0171
GeForce4 MX 420 		0x0172
GeForce4 MX 440-SE 		0x0173
GeForce4 440 Go 		0x0174
GeForce4 420 Go 		0x0175
GeForce4 420 Go 32M 		0x0176
GeForce4 460 Go 		0x0177
Quadro4 550 XGL 		0x0178
GeForce4 440 Go 64M 		0x0179
Quadro NVS 400 			0x017A
Quadro4 500 GoGL 		0x017C
GeForce4 410 Go 16M 		0x017D
GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X 	0x0181
GeForce4 MX 440SE with AGP8X 	0x0182
GeForce4 MX 420 with AGP8X 	0x0183
GeForce4 MX 4000 		0x0185
Quadro4 580 XGL 		0x0188
Quadro NVS 280 SD 		0x018A
Quadro4 380 XGL 		0x018B
Quadro NVS 50 PCI 		0x018C
GeForce2 Integrated GPU 	0x01A0
GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU 	0x01F0
GeForce3 			0x0200
GeForce3 Ti 200 		0x0201
GeForce3 Ti 500 		0x0202
Quadro DCC 			0x0203
GeForce4 Ti 4600 		0x0250
GeForce4 Ti 4400 		0x0251
GeForce4 Ti 4200 		0x0253
Quadro4 900 XGL 		0x0258
Quadro4 750 XGL 		0x0259
Quadro4 700 XGL 		0x025B
GeForce4 Ti 4800 		0x0280
GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X 	0x0281
GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE 		0x0282
GeForce4 4200 Go 		0x0286
Quadro4 980 XGL 		0x0288
Quadro4 780 XGL 		0x0289
Quadro4 700 GoGL 		0x028C

The 71.86.xx driver supports the following set of GPUs:

NVIDIA GPU product 		Device PCI ID
---------------------------------------------
RIVA TNT 			0x0020
RIVA TNT2/TNT2 Pro 		0x0028
RIVA TNT2 Ultra 		0x0029
Vanta/Vanta LT 			0x002C
RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro 0x002D
Aladdin TNT2 			0x00A0
GeForce 256 			0x0100
GeForce DDR 			0x0101
Quadro 				0x0103
GeForce2 GTS/GeForce2 Pro 	0x0150
GeForce2 Ti 			0x0151
GeForce2 Ultra 			0x0152
Quadro2 Pro 			0x0153

8. References

* nVidia driver installers
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-ia32-290.10-driver.html
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/173.14.28/ (legacy 173.14.xx)
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/96.43.19/ (legacy 96.43.xx)
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-ia32-71.86.14-driver.html (legacy 71.86.xx)
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-amd64-290.10-driver.html
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/173.14.28/ (legacy 173.14.xx)
ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/96.43.19/ (legacy 96.43.xx)
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-amd64-71.86.14-driver.html (legacy 71.86.xx)

* Suspend NVidia HOWTO
http://old-en.opensuse.org/NVidia_Suspend_HOWTO

* Ukraine translation of this web page (by http://softdroid.net)
http://softdroid.net/nvidia-installer-HOWTO

9. Support

If you have any questions or problems, please check the linux discussion
forum (https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/board/98/linux/).
If you don't find an answer to your question there, you can send email
(in English) to linux-bugs@nvidia.com.

When emailing linux-bugs@nvidia.com, please attach an nvidia-bug-report.log,
which is generated by running "nvidia-bug-report.sh".

For developers with GPU programming questions, please use the NVIDIA
developer web site

http://developer.nvidia.com 

and the NVIDIA developer support email alias

  SDKFeedback@nvidia.com