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NVIDIA

... see also NVIDIA. To find out the correct model of your card, use

hwinfo --gfxcard

To find out if 3D acceleration (aka direct rendering) is active on your card, use the command

glxinfo | grep rendering


GeForce 2 MX/MX400

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - TV Out Icon-checked.png
Full 3-D support requires proprietary nVidia driver.
openSUSE Release(s): 10.2, 10.3, 11.0, 11.1

GeForce 2 GTS/Pro

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - TV Out Icon-question.png
Full 3-D support requires proprietary nVidia driver.
See the HOW TO use legacy driver!
SUSE Linux/openSUSE Release(s): 10.1, 10.2

GeForce 3

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - TV Out Icon-checked.png
Full 3-D support requires proprietary nVidia driver.
YOU does not have the proprietary driver. See the HOW TO
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.1, 10.2

GeForce 4 420 Go

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png Full 3-D support requires proprietary nVidia driver. YOU does not have the proprietary driver. See the HOW TO
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.1

GeForce 4 MX-440

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - TV Out
SUSE Linux Release(s): 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2
You can use the open source nv driver, but no 3D acceleration is possible here. To get the 3D acceleration, you must install a commercial nVidia driver, with a version no newer than 96xx. The newest nVidia drivers does not support this card.

GeForce MX4000

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - TV Out
SUSE Linux Release(s): 9.3, 10.0

GeForce 4 TI4600

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 9.3, 9.2, 9.1

GeForce FX5200

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0 GM, 10.1, 10.3, 11.0, 11.1, 11.2

[User:Upscope] 1500 14 July 2007 (PDT)Upscope: runs on SUSE10.2, 32-bit latest release, Nvidia Driver. Need proprietary nVidia driver for Special Desktop Effects.

GeForce FX5500

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2, 10.3

GeForce FX5600 Ultra

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 9.3

GeForce FX5700 LE

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 9.3

GeForce FX5900 XT

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 9.3

GeForce 6100 on a Biostar Motherboard

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SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2 Need to install the proprietary driver from the NVidia website http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp Once the driver is install the card it's recognize and the 3D becomes enable.

GeForce 6150 SE

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SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.0
Drivers: 3D support only with proprietary nVidia driver.

GeForce 6200

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3D support works well and I can play supertux. But XComposite and shadow doesn't work as system gets very slow when I enable them (My old GeForce4 MX 4000 used to work fine with XComposite on SuSE9.1).
Bugi-san 02:36, 25 Nov 2005 (MST) This is probably because of fact that new NVidia drivers from 7xxx series don't handle it good. SUSE Linux 9.1 uses 6xxx series of NVidia drivers.
P_kelchen 10:45 15 May 2006 (CDT) The card will not output more than 1280x1024 in DVI mode with the stock "nv" driver in any distribution. Use the binary NVIDIA drivers from the YaST Online Update or the NVIDIA site to enable higher resolutions. Also, XGL works with this card, the NVIDIA drivers, and SuSE 10.1 64-bit. SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 10.1
Flerchjj TV Out is scrambled with stock "nv" driver, although it looks fine before X starts. With binary driver TV Out looks good once it's configured with NVIDIA X Server Settings utility. SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 10.1
3D support now works when installing the new version of nvidia's drivers from the nvidia repositories in openSUSE 10.3. There is full compiz-fusion support. Follow the instructions for both nvidia (http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA) and compiz-fusion (http://en.opensuse.org/Compiz-Fusion). It's even easier if you use the 1-click install.

GeForce 6600

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
XGL not dectect, use force enable
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3

GeForce 6600 GT

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 11.2
available drivers:
nv (default): 2D
nvidia (proprietary): 2D, 3D
nouveau: 2D stable, 3D experimental

GeForce 6800 GS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-question.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.1

GeForce 7150M

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3/11.0 - (not supported by nv, uses vesa by default, 3D support is fine with nvidia driver)

GeForce 7200 GS

11.1

64 Bit

  • Straight installation: Autodetected Icon-question.png - 3D Support Icon-cross.png - XVMC Support Icon-cross.png The card is mis-identified as a GeForce 7300, but all standard functionality seems to work very well. I can switch between user sessions.
  • The Easy Way: Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - XvMC Support Icon-question.png This chipset is still commercially available in the form of the XFS PCIe card which is a relief as it is becoming increasingly rare to find an NVDIA card that supports XvMC. This chipset is highly recommended for anyone wanting to make a HDTV HTPC! XvMC support requires some configuration. Switching between user sessions is not a problem.

GeForce 7300 GS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2 - Configured with fbdev driver by default
Current X.org nv driver doesn't support this graphics chip Bug 160812 fixed
Not usable by default in 10.2 - Use fbdev driver instead from run level 3: "sax2 -m 0=fbdev" if you have problems

Suse 10.3 : Latest Proprietary Nvidia (169.07) Drivers supports this chip with 3D Support / compiz working well

GeForce 7300 GT

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3, 11.0, 11.1
No 3D with X.org's nv driver. 3D works with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GeForce 7300LE Turbo Cache

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2, 11.0 thru 11.4
nVidia 285.05.09 works with 12.1 RC2. But requires nomodeset and an edit of ~/.kde4/share/config/kwinrc. KDE doesn't finish loading unless you add "Enabled=false" in the "Composting" section of the afore mentioned file.
3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3, 11.0, 11.1
3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver. 11.1 installed the driver during an update without user interaction. 10.3 required manual download and install

GeForce 7600 GS (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png - TV out Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.1,10.2,10.3
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce 7600 GS (ARG) and (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce 7600 GS (AGP)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-cross.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.1
Drivers: nVidia 177.82 & 180.22
Graphic corruption in desktop, hang ups and text consoles go blank.

GeForce 7600 GT (PCI-e x16 and AGP)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png (KDE-4.2 works fine)
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2, 11.1
Drivers: nv (2D-only), nVidia (177.82) Works fine in 3D.

GeForce 7800 GS AGP

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2

GeForce 7950 GT (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-cross.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png Does not work by installing the driver through YAST (probably the driver provided by the update servers is not the latest, only the latest NVIDIA linux driver supports the 7950 GT). 3D support works by manually installing the proprietary driver from the Nvidia web site. One remaining problem is that the card is still denoted as VESA Framebuffer in the display configuration, therefore i am unable to change some configuration options.
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png Driver can be installed through Yast, 1-click or manually. 3D functionality is only available using the nVidia (proprietary) drivers. The card being used is the 7950 GT OC from EVGA.
SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.1

GeForce 7950 GX2

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png Use proprietary nVidia drivers. Read 'SuSE NVIDIA Installer HOWTO'. '1 Click Install' on the aforementioned page works. Multi monitor support works.
Autodetection works for 11.0, not 10.3. Set up the nVidia repositories for YaST in 11.0 and you're away.
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3, 11.0

GeForce 8300 GS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png Use proprietary nVidia drivers.
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3, 11.0

GeForce 8400 GS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png Tested a PCI (not PCI-e) version on an old PC. Tested successfully w/vesa, openGL and proprietary nVidia drivers. vdpau support works well with proprietary nVidia driver and Packman packaged MPlayer

PCI-E version runs smoothly as well, with proprietary nVidia driver (installed with yast just like it should). Works fine with KDE 4.2. OpenGL works, nice eyecandy :)

SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.1, 11.2

8400 GS (PCI EXPRESS)

openSUSE 11.0 and 11.1

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
NVIDIA proprietary drivers are required for 3D Support. Repo using YaST can be found at

Nvidia Website 11.1 or Nvidia website 11.0

GeForce 8500 GT (PCI-e x16) (SLI Ready)

Autodetected Icon-cross.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png With the use of the manual installation of the proprietary driver from the Nvidia web site. DO NOT INSTALL FROM YAST, for some reason it doesn't want to work at all when the drivers are install from within YAST ,
SUSE Linux Release: 10.2

{suse 11} Working fine from the nvidia repo

I got the drivers from the nVidia page to work by doing this,
First : Make sure you have these two packages installed through YaST2: gcc and kernel-source , and that you have downloaded the correct driver from nvidia.com
Then: End Session, and at the logon screen choose System>Console Login
Login and cd to the directory that you downloaded the nVidia driver to , I typed dir just to make sure i spelled it right. then do su (super user, and type the password) and run sh NVIDIA-Linux-XXXXXXX.pkg2.run, and it will install the nVidia drivers, it worked for me


I totally agree with the above. Install via yast just doesn't work. Just to add: I keep a copy of the Nvidia driver in my /home dir. Just in case. Sometimes you can get caught out by updates which require a re-install of the Nvidia driver. Keep the driver so you know where to find it again.

This is my walk thru of the install process:

The Nvidia installer demands to be installed outside of a graphical environment. Close all open programs, then press ctrl-alt-F1 to get to the virtual terminal. You'll be prompted for login information; log in as root. After you've logged in, use this command to exit X.org:

init 3

Press enter when it says that init level 3 has been reached, and you'll find yourself at a command prompt again. Navigate to the directory that contains the Nvidia driver (replace "username" with your user name):

cd /home/username/

For long file names, you don't have to type the whole name into a terminal window. Instead, just type the first few letters and then press the Tab key, and the file name will be automatically completed for you. This is useful in situations like the one you're in now, where there is a long and complex file name to type in. So type the following command into your terminal, and use the Tab key to complete the Nvidia driver file name, then press Enter to execute the chmod command:

chmod +x ./NVIDIA

The installer is now executable, so go ahead and run it with this command, again using tab completion to fill in the file name after the first few characters:

./NVIDIA

The installation utilit will come up. Choose Yes (or whatever is the default) for all of the options. When the installer is finished, it will bring you back to the command line. Use this command to restart your computer:

reboot

When next you log into SUSE Linux, you should have hardware 3D acceleration enabled. To check, run this program from a terminal program (the computer screen icon in the lower left, between the house icon and the life preserver):

glxinfo

Dozens of lines of text should result from this command. Look near the top for the Direct Rendering line. If it says Yes, you're all set. If it says no, go back and re-check all of your steps to make sure there were no errors, that you downloaded the correct driver for your processor architecture, and that you followed the directions exactly.

Please note that every time you update your kernel, you must re-install the Nvidia video driver.

Please make sure you check the monitor color resolution settings, this should be on (16.7 Mio. [ 24 Bit ]. To do this follow this instructions. Go to KMenu-Applications-System and select Yast at the bottom of the list. "It's going to ask you for the root password", once the Yast Control Center window is open select Hardware on the left side of the window, then select Graphics Card and Monitor from the list, wait a few seconds till the setting window loads. You can also get to the Graphics Card and Monitor Settings(also called sax2) easier by opening a terminal window and typing the following : (it will ask for the root password)

su    
sax2

This card is recognize by the developing versions of OpenSuSE 10.3 but it doesn't have 3D support, For the 3D support you need to install the drive the same way it is explain above.

11.1 From install this card is run on vesa and had no issues for me. Added the nvidia repo installed, Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. Then into Yast Card and Monitor to set my screen to LCD-->> 1440x900 accept. Logout and back in - Done. Perfect.

GeForce 8600GS (PCI-e)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-cross.png
SUSE Linux Release: 10.2 x86_64 Suse didn't load X while installing nor after installation.

SUSE Linux Release: 10.3 x86_64 This version of SUSE was able to use Vesa drivers to run a graphical install. Once that was finished enabling the nvidia proprietary driver one click installer worked fine to enable the device, with 3d.

GeForce 8600 GTS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10x series, 11x series, 12x series 13x series Leap 42x and Tumbleweed
3D Support only with NVIDIA version 340x legacy proprietary driver.

GeForce 8800 GT

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3, 11.0, 11.1, 11.2
3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GeForce 8800 GTS

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2
3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png EVGA 8800GTS (384MB / 384-bit version). The card is detected correctly however the "nv" driver does not support the card leading to a completely black screen when the sytem goes into the first boot post install. Which gives the impression that the install has hung. Using the CLI to change the driver to "vesa" will allow for a GUI boot for installing the nVidia driver.

Once the screen goes black and it does not appear the install is proceeding wait until you can <ctrl><alt>F1 to a command prompt, or just soft reset the computer after about 10 minutes. If rebooting the computer you can get as far as the login screen where you can type "3" in the options section to boot to the command line instead of the GUI (which just brings back the black screen).

1. At the command line type "su" and then provide the password to obtain root permissions.

2. Type "vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf" to bring up the config file for editing.

3. Page down to the Video Card and driver section and when you put the cursor on the driver line hit the Insert key to edit and replace the "nv" with "vesa"

4. Hit the <Esc> key to end the editing mode then type <Shift>":" followed by "wq" to save and quit.

5. At this point you should be able to "startx" from the command prompt to bring up the GUI for updating and installing the current nVidia proprietary driver, or just continue using the CLI if you wish and only load the GUI when you're ready to run the driver configuration operations ("Sax2 -r", "nvidia-xconfig" and "nvidia-settings").

Please note when typing the above commands do not include the quotation marks.

Once the correct driver is installed and configured everything seems to work as intended. The only exception are some weird graphic glitches with splash screens during boot-up. However once the desktop loads everything appears to work normally.
SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.1

GeForce 9200M

TBD - placeholder

GeForce 9300M

TBD - placeholder

GeForce 9600M

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 11.0, 11.1
Drivers: nVidia (x11-video-nvidiaG02)

GeForce 9600 GT

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s):11.1, 11.2
3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GeForce 9600 GSO

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s):12.1, 12.2
3D Support with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

9800 GT (PCI EXPRESS)

openSUSE 11.0

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
NVIDIA proprietary drivers are required for 3D Support. Those can be found at the NVIDIA website

GeForce 9800 GTX

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s):11.1, 11.2
3D Support provided by the NVIDIA proprietary driver in the SUSE repositories.

Quadro NVS 440 (PCi-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-cross.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.3
Drivers: nvidia

Quadro FX 350M (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2
Drivers: nVidia

Quadro FX1500 (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.1
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce 6100 onboard PCI

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE 11.1

PNY Technologies GeForce 7300 GS(PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s): 10.2
3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GeForce GT220

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSuse 11.2 64-bit, openSUSE 12.2_64
Out of the box driver works for both, installed driver from nVidia site for exact model.

GeForce GTX260

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
SUSE Linux Release(s) - 11.1, 11.2
Drivers tested: vesa & openGL (nv) & proprietary @ 1920x1200. 3D Support only with NVIDIA proprietary driver

GeForce GT440 (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release 11.4 (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce GTX580 (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release 13.2 (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce GT610 (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release 13.2 (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce GT620 (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release Tumbleweed (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia (really bad performance with nouveau)

GeForce GTX680 (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release 13.2 (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce GTX TITAN (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release 13.2 (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia

GeForce GTX750 Ti (PCI-e x16)

Autodetected Icon-checked.png - 3D Support Icon-checked.png
openSUSE Release 42.3 (x86_64)
Tumbleweed (x86_64)
Drivers: nVidia

See Also

How to install nVidia 3D support

VDPAU

An exciting new capability that has been worked in late 2008 and continuing in 2009, and is now partly functioning in Linux, for selected nVidia cards, is Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU). The nVidia VDPAU API allows video programs to offload portions of the video decoding process and video post-processing to the GPU video-hardware. This is especially important in playing the top resolution HD (high definition) video formats, where all but the most powerful CPUs on the market can not yet do this smoothly. But with VDPAU it is possible. There is more on VDPAU here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VDPAU

Note VDPAU is in essence the Linux implementation of nVidia's Pure Video for MS-Windows products, where Nvidia's PureVideo is a hardware feature designed to offload video decoding processes and video post-processing from a computer's CPU hardware to Nvidia's GPU hardware series GeForce 6, GeForce 7, GeForce 8, and GeForce 9. One can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NVIDIA_PureVideo

Hopefully with time, this openSUSE HCL for nVidia video cards will be updated, with users posting their success in this HCL, documenting if they were successful in getting VDPAU to function on their nVIdia graphic cards with openSUSE. Currently only the latest proprietary nVidia drivers provide VDPAU support (the openGL driver does not support VDPAU).

There is some guidance and hints here, wrt accessing vdapu from an openSUSE install: http://en.opensuse.org/Video_editing/avchd

External Links

15px Novell SUSE Linux - Hardware Compatibility List
15px Novell SUSE Linux Certified Hardware