Package:NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers
|Current Maintainer(s):||Ricardo Bastos|
|Source Repository:||Gentoo Portage Tree|
Summary: NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver
- Install the X.org driver, OpenGL libraries, XvMC libraries, and VDPAU libraries
- Install nvidia-settings with support for GTK+ 2
- Install nvidia-settings with support for GTK+ 3
- PaX patches from the PaX project
- Install additional tools such as nvidia-settings
- Install the Unified Memory kernel module (nvidia-uvm) for sharing memory between CPU and GPU in CUDA programs
NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers
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:
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.
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.
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