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 260.19.12. # sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.12.run -qIMPORTANT: You need to recompile and install the nvidia kernel module after each kernel update. # sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.12.run -K
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