I have an nVidia FX1300 and can't figure out which driver to use on openSuse 11.2. This card isn't listed for any of the one-click installs.

I need version 173.14.22 of the driver. Do any of the one-click installs contain that?

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The second one click install on that link installs x11-video-nvidiaG01 which is the 173 series driver.

NVIDIA have three driver versions - current (190.xx), "new" legacy (173.14.xx), "old" legacy (96.xx) - any of the 173 drivers will support your card.

  1. Download the driver directly from NVIDIA.
  2. Stop X.
  3. Run the installer as root (sudo sh NVIDIA.....)
  4. Start X.
  5. Done.
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    Yes, but I like using RPMs so that I don't have to manually reinstall the driver each time the kernel is updated.
    – Bob
    Feb 2, 2010 at 23:15
  • You can (with some effort, I admit) hook the driver in with DKMS so the kernel mode driver is automatically rebuilt. See here: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1036788 (I know it's Ubuntu but I'm hoping the core principals are still the same).
    – Oli
    Feb 3, 2010 at 13:21
  • The other option is to write a very small script that stops GDM, runs the installer with the quiet flag and starts x. When you do do a kernel update and reboot, you just have to run your script (taking 20-seconds) and you're good to go.
    – Oli
    Feb 3, 2010 at 13:22

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