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tagline: From openSUSE

The NVIDIA drivers can not be included with openSUSE because of their license. Fortunately for new users, NVIDIA has an openSUSE repository containing their drivers.

Easy way to get NVIDIA drivers


Use 1-click install for openSUSE 13.1, 12.3 and 12.2.

1-click installation of NVIDIA drivers

1-click installation of NVIDIA drivers

1-click installation of NVIDIA drivers for GeForce FX cards

1-click installation of NVIDIA drivers for GeForce 4 and older cards

  • After installation is done restart computer.

  • 1-click install needs access to the online software repositories, so you must have Internet to use it; otherwise you will get error message about missing packages.
  • once you are done Nvidia repository will stay enabled and updates should be done with normal update methods.

If you have problems with 1-click install please see article about troubleshooting.

The repository way

  • Prerequisite: You can use zypper or YaST Software Management.
  • This is for: People that prefer manual repository management.
  • Steps:
    1. Add Nvidia repository.
    2. Refresh repositories.
    3. Determine your card.
    4. Run installation.
    5. Restart computer.
  • Note: Installation procedure steps are the same for 13.1, 12.3 and 12.2, but the difference is in the driver that your video card needs.

zypper

  • This is steps 1. and 2. at once. Add the repository and refresh it.
Note: replace 13.1 with your version
  • Determine your video card model with:
    # lspci | grep VGA
  • Installation:
GeForce 8xxx and newer:
# zypper install x11-video-nvidiaG03
GeForce 6xxx and 7xxx:
# zypper install x11-video-nvidiaG02
GeForce FX 5xxx:
# zypper install x11-video-nvidiaG01
GeForce 4xx/4xxx or older:
# zypper install x11-video-nvidia
  • After installation is done restart computer.

YaST

  • Add repository with YaST as explained in SDB:Add package repositories.
  • Determine your video card model with:
    # lspci | grep VGA
  • Invoke YaST Software Management with:
    • Main Menu
    • Tab Computer
    • Click on Install/Remove Software
  • Click on the Search tab
  • Type in nvidia
  • Select driver for your card:
GeForce 6xxx and newer: x11-video-nvidiaG02
GeForce FX 5xxx: x11-video-nvidiaG01
GeForce 4xx/4xxx or older: x11-video-nvidia
  • Click on Accept
  • After installation is done restart computer.

Tumbleweed

You're going to have to install the driver the hard way. See the note on Tumbleweed for some tips on making it easier to go through the steps the second time around.

SLE 10 and 11

The available repositories for SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) are:

SLE 10 SP3: ftp://download.nvidia.com/novell/sle10sp3/
SLE 10 SP4: ftp://download.nvidia.com/novell/sle10sp4/
SLE 11 SP1: ftp://download.nvidia.com/novell/sle11sp1/
SLE 11 SP2: ftp://download.nvidia.com/novell/sle11sp2/
SLE 11 SP3: ftp://download.nvidia.com/novell/sle11sp3/
  • Add the repository to the package manager (YAST or ZEN).
  • Install the packages x11-video-nvidia and nvidia-gfx-kmp-default.
  • Restart X (Logout and press CTRL-ALT-Backspace).
  • Done.

You will also get updated packages when NVIDIA publishes them on this site.

To browse the repository and verify the SLE supported versions visit ftp://download.nvidia.com/novell/. So you can get directly from nvidia the repositories available in case of updates or new versions of SLE.

See also

In the new wiki

In the old wiki

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