So, what's the story with these Nvidia drivers? Last week I did a fresh
install, using 2012.12 KDE. The DVD failed at the point where XServer was
supposed to load -- couldn't detect "nvidia" driver or some such. This
installation was done on the first PC I ever installed PCLOS on, in July 2011,
using the 2011.06 release. That first installation went without a hitch, and I
haven't made any changes to the PC's hardware since.
My card is Nvidia Quadro NVS 280 SD. Searching through the forums, I found
a number of related incidents, where the installer didn't recognize the "nvidia"
driver, and a post by Old-Polack describing how you can get around this by
editing the xorg.conf file with vim to set Driver "nv" or, failing that,
"vesa." Well, the "nv" got me in and the reinstallation was successful.
During my forum search, I read that if the Nvidia driver installed
correctly, you should have an NVIDIA Display Settings under Menu >> More
Applications >> Configuration. I didn't have that, so I paid a visit to the
PCC. I looked around under the Xorg selections, and did not see any driver
resembling "nvidia," other than "nv" which was already currently installed.
Leaving well enough alone, I quit the graphics-card configuration but was told
that a proprietary driver was available for the GeForce 2MX to GeForce 4
series, and did I want to install it? That sounded like a good idea, maybe that
was why I didn't have an NVIDIA Display Settings like others.
Bad idea. The reboot failed. I vimmed my xorg.conf file again, and Driver had
been set back to "nvidia."
So, what I don't understand is, if the installer doesn't recognize "nvidia,"
then why does it put "nvidia" in the xorg.conf file? Also, why don't I see
these other drivers listed that other people are using? Like nvidia173 or
Running "lspci -vvn -s 01:00" from the command line shows that they're on my
Kernel driver in use: nouveau
Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidiafb, nvidia173, nvidia96xx, nvidia-current
But under the Xorg selections in the graphics-card configuration screen, the
only drivers listed that seem to apply to my card are "nv" and "nouveau." Where
are "nvidia173" and "nvidia-current," and how are people installing them?
Manually editing the /ect/X11/xorg.conf file and rebooting?
At this point, I'm at if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it. On the other hand, if
those "nvidia173" and "nvidia-current" drivers would be better for my card, I'd
hate to miss out on the improved performance.
Any help would be appreciated. I spent over three hours searching the forums
last night. I found a lot of bits and pieces related to this Nvidia issue, but
haven't been able to put it all together. Thanks.
By the way, at that failed reboot, I vimmed my xorg.conf for Driver "nouveau" just
out of curiosity. That got XServer going again and, to my surprise, the NVIDIA Display
Settings was now in my menu.