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XRandR support

As far as i understand it the recent drivers support XRANDR, which is probably much better than Xinerama/Twinview. Should we remove the Xinerame/Twinview instructions alltogether and just mention to use the standard XRandR methods for multiscreen setups?

NVoption Online

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

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


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)

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Has it been replaced by nvidia-173xx-all?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 nvidia-96xx-allAUR and nvidia-96xx-utilsAUR 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)
It's possible, but it requires further explanation (maybe in a new section). Simply install nvidia-* packages from AUR is not work currently. --City-busz 10:20, 4 November 2011 (EDT)
And installing them with pacman does work? I still don't get this change. -- Karol 11:16, 4 November 2011 (EDT)

The following section was commented in the article. I am moving it here instead:

These drivers are not compatible with the latest Xorg release in the official repo.

Whereas users with older cards should install (GeForce 5 FX series cards [NV30-NV38]):
# pacman -S nvidia-173xx nvidia-173xx-utils
or (GeForce2 MX, GeForce3 and GeForce4 series cards [NV11 and NV17-NV28]):
# pacman -S nvidia-96xx nvidia-96xx-utils
or (Riva TNT, TNT2, GeForce and GeForce2 series cards [NV03-NV10 and NV15-NV16]):
# pacman -S nvidia-71xx nvidia-71xx-utils

-- pointone 10:31, 4 April 2012 (EDT)

custom kernel

The package changed for kernel 3.0 and the instructions no longer work. Please fix this. Z.T. 09:14, 23 November 2011 (EST)

'/dev/nvidia0' Input/Output error... suggested fixes

Can anyone verify that the BIOS related suggestions work and are not coincidentally set (either automatically when changing the IRQ or turning off ACPI) while troubleshooting? I have found little information that confirms any of the suggestions would work. The file permissions thing seems to be completely unfounded and never works (as noted in the article) that I could find. It would probably be a good idea if we cleaned out items that have not been verified to work. For my setup I was having this error and none of the items in the wiki nor the many file permission search results worked. -- click, them so hard 19:16, 4 March 2012 (EST)

I've added an Accuracy template, please next time add it yourself so that discussions like this are more visible. -- Kynikos 05:40, 6 March 2012 (EST)


I think the "Installing" section is a little ambiguous and could use a bit of rewording. Because the steps are numbered, and little indication is given otherwise, it is implied that you need both the packages named like nvidia-173xx, and the regular nvidia packages. I don't actually have my nvidia drivers working properly, so maybe I'm misinterpreting this, but if I'm right in assuming that you need either the specifically named drivers like nvidia-173xx or the plain ol' nvidia drivers, step 2 needs to be reworded. I would suggest displaying two separate [code] blocks, one with # pacman -S nvidia-173xx nvidia-173xx-utils, and the one that's there now. Then make it explicitly clear that you need to do one or the other, not both. --Sotanaht 18:45, 17 May 2012 (EDT)

Oh, I forgot that the nvidia-173xx drivers were not in the official repos. Scratch the part about including the command for installing that. I still think it's important to make clear that people using the nvidia-173xx drivers do not need the regular nvidia drivers. Also make it clear that people using the regular nvidia drivers do not need any nvidia-XXXxx drivers. --Sotanaht 18:49, 17 May 2012 (EDT)

Well, I've never had to use the old Nvidia drivers, but the note says that the old modules don't support Xorg 1.11 (Arch provides 1.12 now). Unless the situation has changed, those drivers are useless unless you also write instructions on how to safely downgrade Xorg. Please correct me if I'm wrong. -- Kynikos (talk) 11:27, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Bad performance, e.g. slow repaints when switching tabs in Chrome suggestion broke emerald/compiz

Firefox performs quite poorly for me, so I tried this suggestion and it ended up breaking my WM. All new window borders changed to solid white and would not move around. Can someone else confirm? If so there should probably be a note or amendment to the suggestion. Biltong (talk)