You can try following the linux getting started guide. But if that doesn’t work, run lspci and notice that the video card starts off like this:. The Apache web server is listed as “httpd” and the Linux kernel is listed as “linux”. The drivers for older “legacy” graphics cards used to be held in a seperate package called nvidia-legacy-drivers. The PAT method creates a partition type table at a specific address mapped inside the register and utilizes the memory architecture and instruction set more efficiently and faster. Lets me choose what I will have in my system, more than any other distro. This can be accomplished by using the kernel-provided perl script as follows.

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Please ensure that this symlink is pointing to the correct sources and that the kernel is correctly configured. The overclock settings will not survive restarting X.

The problem seems to exist for some people especially with Sony laptops even with the latest driver nvidia-drivers We welcome improvements to this page. The official nVidia drivers are provided in 2 parts – the kernel module and the Xorg driver, both of which are held in the nvidia-drivers package. It should fix the problem.

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Have you tried gemtoogntoo google before posting question here. Nvidiq there seems to be some breaking with playback of some types of video with the NVIDIA binary drivers, causing slow video playback or significant stuttering. Make the package executable with. List all available kernel source directories with: Without this option, it is likely that brightness will not be able to be controlled.


If set to 1allow the driver to map the memory locations early when the system is probing the hardware instead of the default option of doing this when loaded by modprobe or during startx. The kernel module nvidia. The answer is that the official one leaves out some stuff, and well, the wiki is really where this should all be.

This can be removed by setting the NoLogo option to “true” as shown in the example below. Well, relatively safe – See: If the card has been identified as a legacy card then mask the more recent releases of nvidia-driverse. On some occasions, the very latest nVidia drivers will be masked by legacj.

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The default value sets it to the video group. When this is enabled but the system does not support Gen 3. The fix is quite simple: The xorg configuration file needs to be updated so that X will use the new driver.

When compiling lehacy kernel for these CPUs, completely remove support for the in-kernel driver as shown: I tried several distributions with different window managers.


The nvidia kernel module accepts a number of parameters options which can be used to tweak the behavior of the driver. But if that doesn’t work, run lspci and notice that the video card starts off like this:.

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I have an old Nvidia Quadro FX graphic card using the If it still does not work, then I wish you good luck at trying to guess the good refresh rate for your monitor. Make sure that you have an nVidia-powered graphical card you can double-check this using lspci.

Unless you know what this does, you should not use it.

Feel free to skip it. Normally when X starts with the nvidia drivers installed, a splash screen is shown.

Change the setting from “continuous” to “discrete” and boot back into Linux. If you have a second graphic card in your system, add another line and change [gpu: A pretty decent way to find this out through an interactive form.

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