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Nice documentation. Thanks to contributors. --Gen2ly 07:53, 17 October 2009 (EDT)


NVoption Online Version - great tool to make tv-out easy and fast

[I'm using gmplayer with gl and twinview] [1]

Since most of the wiki is aimed at new users anyway: why differentiate between the Xorg client and server? manolo 19:23, 9 November 2009 (EST)

Just got to say thanks for you edits Manolo, you're doing a great job on the wiki. As for Xorg naming, their is no client only a server (Wikepedia). However, the nomenclature of it is a bit awkward. Xorg server got its' name from when the popular design philosophy was that computer hubs would essential be dum-terminals (i.e. not have an graphic card) and one machine would handle the graphic load. It's sort of an outdated (and awkward) term now but is still used and the proper and common wording.
--Gen2ly 01:34, 10 November 2009 (EST)
Thanks for the clarification/compliments. So if I understand correctly, "Xorg" is referring to "Xorg server"? manolo 02:05, 10 November 2009 (EST)

Maybe someone can put this in better words: Logging out, or switching to a different terminal using ctrl+alt+F<2-9> consistently resulted in a black screen, and killing Xorg with ctrl-alt-backspace resulted in a terminal screen with only the top line visible. It turned out that a 'vga=773' added to kernel line was the cause of this. After removing that the problem was solved. Probably something to do with KMS? B.t.w. I have only used x with 'startx', so possibly specific for that way of starting X. rwd

Was it with this driver or nouveau? The proprietary drivers don't have KMS. thestinger 17:42, 13 December 2010 (EST)

This was with the proprietary driver. I originally had put vga=.. because it made gave the bootup screen a higher resolution, and because the beginners guide mentions it ( Apart from leaving out the vga option, I discovered that setting it to the native resolution as explained on fixes the black screens as well. Maybe a warning for using vga= option with with proprietary drivers would be useful.rwd

Well the thing is that vga= is meant for the proprietary drivers only - open source drivers already set the native resolution without a vga command. It can be removed from the beginners' guide though, since it breaks open source drivers, and if the card doesn't support the vga command, it breaks the closed source ones too. thestinger 20:13, 13 December 2010 (EST)

Reboot after installing the driver

It's mentioned here: Rebooting is generally recommended after updating kernel and graphic drivers.

I created a Tip at the end of the Install section saying just that, because many people install the drivers, 'startx' and <sadface>.

/var/abs/extra/nvidia/ no such file or directory

When trying to follow this page's instructions regarding a custom kernel, after successfully installing abs I am unable to cp -r /var/abs/extra/nvidia/ because I get a no such file or directory error. In fact, there is nothing in /var/abs/ except "README" and a "local" directory, which also has no "extra" or "nvidia" dir. Are these instructions outdated? Brianwc 12:43, 7 January 2011 (EST)

That's because the abs package just contains the tools, you still need to run the abs command to sync the abs tree. Try 'sudo abs extra/nvidia' --Solarshado 09:32, 22 July 2011 (EDT)

Nvidia 173xx

The nvidia-173xx package no longer exists (29 Oct 2011).

Has it been replaced by nvidia-173xx-all? If so, this package hasn't been updated since Feb 2011.

Will it need to be updated to be able to use the latest xorg 1.11?

In the meantime, please include instructions for which xorg related packages pacman should ignore.

[2] -- Karol 21:14, 28 October 2011 (EDT)
I commented out the info about older drivers, since they're not compatible with Xorg 1.11. Maybe if someone create the appropriate packages for Xorg 1.10 in AUR, then we could add back some info, but until it's misleading I think. --City-busz 23:32, 3 November 2011 (EDT)
nvidia-96xx and nvidia-71xx are in the AUR, you can't use pacman to install them. -- Karol 00:03, 4 November 2011 (EDT)
You can't install these packages from AUR, because they requires Xorg 1.10/1.7, which is not available in official repos, nor in AUR. Once NVidia make them compatible with Xorg 1.11, then someone should add them back to the official repos. Another option is to someone create xorg-server-1.10, xf86-input-evdev-1.10 etc. packages to support these drivers. --City-busz 01:31, 4 November 2011 (EDT)
You can use ARM or some other mirror that holds old packages and still use nvidia-173xx and older drivers. My question is, why did you put # pacman -S nvidia-96xx nvidia-96xx-utils instead of "install Template:Package AUR and Template:Package AUR from the AUR."??
The latter still works with out of date packages while the former does not, because I'm not aware of any repo that has nvidia-96xx. -- Karol 09:06, 4 November 2011 (EDT)