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#1 2012-05-03 02:32:27

bartos
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Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

I did try the way posted in forums of sudo apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-glx nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings. but it did not work so I purged and went fresh.

This is based on the Debian way and worked for me.

This usually best done from text console not your desktop.
Stop desktop after going to console with Ctrl-Alt-F1

  invoke-rc.d slim stop

Check your kernel to see if you have a stock or custom kernel

$ uname -r

This method should work with most stock or custom kernels. For a custom kernel, you need to have its Linux headers installed.

 sudo apt-get install module-assistant nvidia-kernel-common

Then to build module

sudo m-a auto-install nvidia-kernel-source

Install driver

sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx

Backup xorg.conf if you have one

 sudo cp -p /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

Install Nvidia config and settings

sudo apt-get install nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings

Run nvidia-xconfig to setup xorg.conf automatically

sudo nvidia-xconfig

Reboot or restart x

sudo  invoke-rc.d slim restart

It worked for me.

Last edited by bartos (2012-05-03 02:36:12)


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#2 2012-05-03 05:43:21

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

thanks bartos! this is very helpful to me!:)

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#3 2012-05-26 14:42:57

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Would this need to be done after every kernel update?

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#4 2012-05-26 22:55:44

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

No. It will update itself.. So the new kernel will get compiled with the nvidia driver..I have gone through 2 kernel upgrades and had no problems

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#5 2012-05-26 22:57:52

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

@ dove

the dkms package automatically rebuilds the kernel modules for you when a new kernel is installed or the current kernel updated.

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#6 2012-05-27 07:19:03

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Thanx for response. Ive aready copied your comands to my bash history

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#7 2012-06-04 12:50:30

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Thanks.I did it,and it's working smile


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#8 2012-06-20 08:21:49

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Hi, i tried this method on a fresh install of waldorf but ended up with X failing to start with a "Fatal server error: no screens found".
During install i couldn't do a backup of xorg.conf because there wasn't one. Could that be a hint on the problem origin?

My laptop is a Samsung NP300E5A, with a Intel HD and a Nvidia GT520MX, supporting the  Nvidia Optimus. Afterwars i tried to install Bumblebee through this guide http://suwako.nomanga.net/, but it didn't help either.

If anyone has some sugestion on what to try i'm glad to ear it.

Cheers!

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#9 2012-06-20 08:28:20

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

My advice for bumblebee is to upgrade to the latest, which is the sid repository, then install bumblebee.
There are several posts in this forum for how to upgrade to sid (aka unstable)

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#10 2012-06-20 13:25:25

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

vascostmr wrote:

If anyone has some sugestion on what to try i'm glad to ear it.

Cheers!

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#11 2012-06-22 08:10:23

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Hi bartos

I have just read your post and copied all the commands. I was wondering wether or not it would work on an older PC ?  I have an amd xp pro 1500 and an agp nvidia graphichs card geforce pny 6200 which is suposed to run 3D graphics but am not sure that it is running properly so thought I might try your instruction out, but thought I would ask first for a change, my present driver is 295.53 I think smile

Edit, Sorry forgot to say that I am running Waldof Testing smile

Last edited by Gordon (2012-06-22 08:12:56)


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#12 2012-06-25 23:24:56

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Sector11 wrote:
vascostmr wrote:

If anyone has some sugestion on what to try i'm glad to ear it.

Cheers!

Check out smxi in my sig.  I used it an hour ago to upgrade from version 295.59 to v302.17

that helped, thanks! i have the nvidia card working now. can't make bumblebee work though, i'll try ironhide instead later

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#13 2012-07-02 01:19:36

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Question to the community...

What are the pros/cons of the nouveau driver vs. the "official" nvidia driver?  I have the nvidia Geforce 7150M/nForce 630M in this "older" HP Pavillion 9620us laptop.

EDIT:

An additional thought...as to pros/cons I am already aware of the free, open-source, etc. issue. I am most concerned with performance/stability/etc.

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#14 2012-07-03 04:44:09

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

thanks! worked great on my thinkpad t61!

on a side note it did make all my fonts look huge - they are all at the default 10px i believe, but all is well when i switch it to 8. i just dont know why this happens. My font size was messed up in statler too

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#15 2012-07-06 10:22:33

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

I fell foul of upgrading to Woldorf and Wheezy. Legacy nVidia drivers (i.e. 98.xx.xx, 173.xx.xx) are not supported in Xorg versions beyond 1.10. I have downgraded back to Squeeze's version of 1.07 and pinned the hell out of it. sgfxi will assist in building the correct module tonight after work.


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#16 2012-07-06 10:33:24

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

DrakarNoir wrote:

Question to the community...
What are the pros/cons of the nouveau driver vs. the "official" nvidia driver?  I have the nvidia Geforce 7150M/nForce 630M in this "older" HP Pavillion 9620us laptop.

Nvidia pros: Unparalleled computing power for a consumer PC when running CUDA apps with a half decent GPU. Hardware accelerated video rendering. Awesome openGL performance for 3D apps. Manual fan control. Half working optimus support.

Nouveau pros: Pretty looking vesfb TTYs. Not having to worry about an upgrade fudging up your system with no way to debug a binary blob.

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#17 2012-07-07 04:47:03

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Aside from games, what applications use these more advanced GPU capabilities?  If, for example, the most graphics-intensive use one has for a PC is viewing HD video, do the proprietary drivers really improve performance?

And I know I've asked this before, but I have to ask again:  is there any advantage to having the GPU work at any frame rate faster than the monitor's refresh rate?


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#18 2012-07-07 09:24:57

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

pvsage wrote:

Aside from games, what applications use these more advanced GPU capabilities?  If, for example, the most graphics-intensive use one has for a PC is viewing HD video, do the proprietary drivers really improve performance?

And I know I've asked this before, but I have to ask again:  is there any advantage to having the GPU work at any frame rate faster than the monitor's refresh rate?

I use CUDA for number crunching and stuff, mostly for gpugrid.net which does research for treatments for cancer, aids, neural disorders, etc. It can also be used for insanely fast cracking of hashes with John the Ripper, or accelerated penetration testing with aircrack, etc. You gotta think about it, a $400 dollar nvidia card has almost 1400 cores in it, that's some serious computing power. And as time goes on, more and more apps are going to be adding CUDA capabilities. Imagine being able to encode with CUDA, you could probably encode a two hour long HD movie in under half an hour.

I've never tried with nouveau or another manufacturer's video card, but the only way I can get decent video playback with my monitor setup (two 1080p screens stacked on top of each other) is with vdpau accelerated video output and nvidia's twin view. Otherwise I get some extremely noticeable vertical tearing. Granted, not everyone has a 42" screen hooked up to their linux box. VDPAU acceleration also works with flash video, which otherwise uses up a really large amount of CPU recourses which can definitely affect overall system responsiveness even in a fairly high end system.

Using VLC with GLX video output is kinda hit or miss for me, sometimes it looks ok while playing DVD quality video, but it's noticeably fuzzier looking than mplayer+vdpau. If I play something 720p or 1080p, or try an output module other than GLX while in VLC, then the vertical tearing starts rearing its ugly head again.

And no, there is no benefit to having the frame rate faster than the refresh rate. That's why the nvidia drivers sync the frame rate to the refresh rate, which eliminates potential vertical tearing and overheating.

Edit: Oh and also, I don't think that nouveau supports HDMI audio (correct me if I'm wrong).

Last edited by mynis01 (2012-07-07 09:32:22)

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#19 2012-07-07 14:11:46

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Thank you.  I didn't realize people were taking advantage of the GPU cores for computing other than graphics.  Good stuff!

I can't answer your last question, since I don't have Nvidia hardware.  (Is it Nvidia or nVidia?  I've seen it typeset both ways.)  I have ATi/AMD Radeon, and the generic X.Org drivers for my card have supported HDMI output since about 2.6.35 or 36.  (I remember I was using the Liquorix kernel before I switched to backports.)

As to my frame rate quesion, the only reason I asked it was because of people looking for GLXGears renderings of something like 2000+ fps, which I always thought was absurd.


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#20 2012-07-07 18:42:28

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

GLXgears isn't even really a relevant benchmark for anything, let alone HD video playback. It's just there to let you know that your openGL libraries are installed and functional. If you really want to benchmark your 3d performance, try unigine heaven.

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#21 2012-07-07 19:54:09

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Downloaded unique heaven, but it don't do nothin' but make the screen blink. hmm  I guess I'd need to commit to fglrx first?


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#22 2012-07-08 02:58:14

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

just did this on my second machine and it worked perfectly - thanks again!

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#23 2012-07-08 07:44:59

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Dunno, here's a vid of a guy running it with FOSS drivers on a Radeon 4850: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9oLZwmO0L8
You might need to update some libraries or something, what does it say when you run unigine-heaven from a terminal?

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#24 2012-07-08 14:21:41

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

^

:~/downloads/Unigine-Heaven-3.0$ ./heaven
Loading "/home/peter/downloads/Unigine-Heaven-3.0/bin/../data/heaven_3.0.cfg"...
Loading "libGL.so.1"...
Loading "libopenal.so.1"...
Set 1920x1080 fullscreen video mode
Set 1.00 gamma value
Unigine engine http://unigine.com/
Binary: Linux 64bit GCC 4.4.5 Release Mar  7 2012
Features: OpenGL OpenAL XPad360 Joystick Flash Editor
App path:  /home/peter/downloads/Unigine-Heaven-3.0/bin/
Data path: /home/peter/downloads/Unigine-Heaven-3.0/data/
Save path: /home/peter/.Heaven/

---- System ----
System: Linux 3.2.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 x86_64
CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor 3214MHz MMX+ 3DNow!+ SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4A HTT x2
GPU: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RS880 2.1 Mesa 7.10.3 x1
System memory: 7753 Mb
Video memory:  256 Mb
Sync threads:  1
Async threads: 2

---- MathLib ----
Set SSE2 simd processor

---- Sound ----
Renderer: ALSA Software
OpenAL vendor:   OpenAL Community
OpenAL renderer: OpenAL Soft
OpenAL version:  1.1 ALSOFT 1.12.854
Found AL_EXT_LINEAR_DISTANCE
Found AL_EXT_OFFSET
Found ALC_EXT_EFX
Found EFX Filter
Found EFX Reverb
Found EAX Reverb
Found QUAD16 format
Found 51CHN16 format
Found 61CHN16 format
Found 71CHN16 format
Maximum sources:         256
Maximum effect slots:    4
Maximum auxiliary sends: 2

---- Render ----
GLRender::GLRender(): Unknown GPU
OpenGL vendor:   X.Org
OpenGL renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RS880
OpenGL version:  2.1 Mesa 7.10.3
Found required GL_ARB_vertex_array_object
Found required GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object
Found required GL_ARB_half_float_vertex

Unigine fatal error
GLRender::GLRender(): Unknown GPU
GLRender::require_extension(): required extension GL_ARB_half_float_pixel is not supported
Shutdown
AL lib: ALc.c:1879: exit(): closing 1 Device
AL lib: ALc.c:1808: alcCloseDevice(): destroying 1 Context(s)
AL lib: ALc.c:1420: alcDestroyContext(): deleting 256 Source(s)
AL lib: ALc.c:1427: alcDestroyContext(): deleting 4 AuxiliaryEffectSlot(s)
AL lib: ALc.c:1825: alcCloseDevice(): deleting 16 Effect(s)
AL lib: ALc.c:1832: alcCloseDevice(): deleting 256 Filter(s)

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#25 2012-07-11 01:46:47

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Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers on Waldorf

Can you please help me? I'm trying to install nvidia drivers as described here: http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDr … _method.3F (as i understood, it is close to described in this topic), but get a message after

# m-a auto-install nvidia-kernel-source

That's the message:
assist.png
uname -r gives "3.2.0-2-amd64", in Synaptics version of headers is 3.2.0-3-amd64
What's all of that means?

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