NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers

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Summary: NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver


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NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers

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Introduction

NVidia have proprietary graphics drivers for Linux under binary blob. The alternative open source driver is nouveau.

Preparing to Install

Hardware compatibility and driver versions

Currently there are five meta versions of nVidia Linux drivers each of which supports a specific group of GPUs. To check the type of driver that is related to your video card, check the link on this page of the official nVidia:

[www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html]

If you have identified as your driver version 337.25, for example, you need the mask(s) driver(s) latest(s) to which you want to install.

# echo “>x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-340” >> /etc/portage/package.mask

The required kernel options

[*] Enable loadable module support


[*] MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support

To we made a successful compilation of the legacy nVidia driver, we set before the removal of the native framebuffer drivers into the kernel in order to avoid conflicts for x86 and AMD64 processors, in this case.


Device Drivers >
      Graphics support > 
            <*> Support for frame buffer devices >
            <> nVidia Framebuffer Support
            <> nVidia Riva support

An alternative is to uvesafb framebuffer, which can be installed in parallel with NVIDIA-drivers.

Installation

Upgrade and/or configure VIDEO_CARDS variable "nvidia" in /etc/make.conf. This will serve to while you are installing the Server X, the correct version of nvidia-drivers to be provided for you.

Note
Installing to the driver with the option in gtk use flags will make it installed the media-video/nvidia-settings which is a graphical tool for monitoring and various settings for your video card

Emerging the package

# emerge x11-drivers/nvidia-drives