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cheapoter
 Posted: Sep 8 2011, 09:03 AM
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Hello, I've got a little system with an nvidia 7100/630i chipset. SL6.0 was the first distribution where I ever saw the nouveau xorg driver properly supporting this hw. Unfortunately it has regressed with 6.1. Since the upgrade, I can boot (and am seeing the big boot banner) but screen becomes garbled as soon as X kicks in. Can anyone suggest how to investigate or work around the problem? Would it be possible to downgrade just the driver ?
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helikaon
 Posted: Sep 8 2011, 03:15 PM
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Hi,
my advice is, dont use nouveau, it still has a way to go.
Install native nvidia driver.
have a look in the howto / manuals section on forum, read here:

install nvidia driver in SL 6

if you'd have other q. regarding install steps, ask :-)

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RalphEllis
 Posted: Sep 9 2011, 03:32 AM
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The native Nvidia driver is much better than the nouveau driver. Either pick it up from one of the outside repositories or use the installer from Nvidia. If you do not want to reinstall after a kernel upgrade, you may wish to install from the outside repositories.
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 Posted: Sep 9 2011, 05:46 AM
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QUOTE (RalphEllis @ Sep 9 2011, 05:32 AM)
The native Nvidia driver is much better than the nouveau driver.

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Not all Nvidia chipsets are fully supported.
And you get more FPS with the native driver from Nvidia (download it here).
Having to reinstall it after a kernel update is worth it wink.gif

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cheapoter
 Posted: Sep 9 2011, 06:43 AM
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QUOTE (helikaon @ Sep 8 2011, 04:15 PM)
install nvidia driver in SL 6


Thanks everyone. I am well aware of the advantages of the nvidia binary driver. It is often the only one that will work with other distributions (debian mainly) at least in order to recognise lcd resolutions that vesa won't accomodate. Thanks to the link provided, I was able to get it working under SL6.1, too ("yum --enablerepo=elrepo install kmod-nvidia").

SL6.0, though, was the first time I saw plymouth/nouveau nicely working. If only for information, I'd still be interested to know if one can revert to the previous nouveau driver (pin it down to the previous release, so to speak).

Again, thanks for the quick and helpful suggestions.
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joutlan
 Posted: Sep 9 2011, 08:13 AM
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I'm late here but I hate that nouveau driver, well mostly smile.gif But what helikaon and the rest said...native is best. cool.gif

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 Posted: Sep 9 2011, 02:35 PM
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QUOTE (helikaon @ Sep 8 2011, 09:15 AM)
Hi,
my advice is, dont use nouveau, it still has a way to go.
Install native nvidia driver.
have a look in the howto / manuals section on forum, read here:

install nvidia driver in SL 6

if you'd have other q. regarding install steps, ask :-)

cheers


I think that link is broken. Either that or I can't get to it from where I'm at. Would you mind telling me where the instructions are the you're referencing?

Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out. The URL is actually http://scientificlinuxforum.org/index.php?showtopic=15
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