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I am a linux newbie. Just installed Suse 9.0 on my comp alongside XP. I need to install a nvidia drive for 3d accelration. I have the following questions. ANy help is greatly appreciated 1) I need to log out of X server to install the driver. How do i do that ? The driver doentation says i need to log in VGA mode etc. 2) Once i log out and install the driver, how do i log back into the X Windows system (By the way, does X server, X windows, X console all refer to the same thing?i.e ...

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    Default Installing Nvidia Driver

    I am a linux newbie. Just installed Suse 9.0 on my comp alongside XP. I
    need to install a nvidia drive for 3d accelration. I have the following
    questions. ANy help is greatly appreciated

    1) I need to log out of X server to install the driver. How do i do that
    ? The driver doentation says i need to log in VGA mode etc.

    2) Once i log out and install the driver, how do i log back into the X
    Windows system (By the way, does X server, X windows, X console all
    refer to the same thing?i.e KDE, GNOME etc)

    3) The readme for the nvidia driver says I need to modify some file
    /etc/inittab, but i cannot find the file..any ideas?


    Thanks

    M.Palanieppan
    M.Palanieppan Guest

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    Default Re: Installing Nvidia Driver

    M.Palanieppan <edu> wrote: 
     

    No you don't. You can edit away as you like on your XF86Config[-4].
    When done, reboot X (not the computer!).

    And "install the driver"? What do you mean by that? You add the driver
    to the correct directory, edit the config for X, and restart X. That's
    all. No "install the driver" - copy, config, restart X. Fin. Capicio?
     

    Fine. But why bother? All they want you to do is restart X with the new
    config eventually. You can do it any time you like. Why bother doing it
    while you are "installing" the new driver? You sound like a person who
    likes their comfort!
     

    The same way you "logged out". Whatever you mean by that. Please say
    something sensible instead like "switch to a text console", or "stop X".

    And don't do it.
     

    No.
     

    Look harder. And no, you don't need to modify it. It depends entirely
    on how your distro runs X, and the only reason to do such a
    modification would be if they ran xdm (or equiv) out of init, and if
    you were interested in safeguarding yourself against a bad config, so
    you won't get a sequence of continual restarts of X in that case.

    But you're not an incompetent, are you? So why would you mess up your
    X config? Just do it all right, like they say to do it. Then restart
    X. Or even switch to a nongraphic runlevel (telinit 2 or telinit 3),
    and run X standalone ("X") as a test.

    Your questions are all silly. If you think they aren't, then ...

    Peter
    P.T. Guest

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    Default Re: Installing Nvidia Driver

    Check out

    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/supplementary/X/XFree86/nvidia-installer-HOWTO.html

    or

    ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/1.0-5328/README

    for information.


    Good luck!

    Ulf
    Ulf Guest

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