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Nvidia driver run package installing
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PostPosted: Sat 27 May 2017, 02:30    Post subject:  Nvidia driver run package installing
Subject description: How to do it
 

Installing a Nvidia driver run package

Will need following items:
1.Nvidia driver run package
2.Puppy version DEVX SFS package
3.Puppy version kernel source SFS
4.Getnvidia program

Nvidia driver run package:
Download from official Nvidia web site.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx
Get the specific Nvidia driver run package recomended for your hardware. (Linux version)
Make sure to get the bit version you need. (32bit or 64 bit)
Put the Nvidia run package in /mnt/home.

Puppy version DEVX SFS package and kernel source SFS package:
First try this in a terminal/console:
Code:
sfsget

If not listed for download, you will have to go to the specific Puppy version repository to get them.
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/
The DEVX SFS is usually where the Puppy version iso is located.
The kernel source SFS is in the Puppy version pet packages.
Note:
Make sure to get the kernel source SFS for the kernel that is being used. There may be several listed to download.
Make sure devx and kernel sources sfs are placed in /mnt/home.

Getnividia:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=72405

To use Getnvidia:
Well, install it.
Download the Nvidia run package, place in /mnt/home
Using SFS-Load-On-The-Fly program.
Load the devx and kernel source sfs packages.
Run Getnvidia.
It will walk you through the process.
Along with installing the driver. It also gives option to make a pet and or a sfs package of the driver.

Note:
The process of unpacking, compiling, and installing the driver needs free storage space and memory.
The Nvidia package is around 50 MB or more.
You need 4 or 5 times that space to run the process.

Note:
Understand this will install the nvidia driver.
If you checked make pet, make sfs. It will also make them.
The pet and sfs are just extra things it does.
Not necessary to just install the driver.
UN-check them if you do not want to have a pet or sfs of the driver.
Also, the pet and sfs package is kernel specific.
The kernel being used when making them.
They will only work in a Puppy that is using that specific Linux kernel.


WARNING
If you try a driver package and it does not work.
Uninstall it before trying to install a different driver.
Hopefully, the driver run package install process will replace what is already installed, but that is not 100% sure to happen.

BIG WARNING
Do not let the Nvidia driver build process make a new xorg.conf.
Select no if asked.
It will make one that will not work in Puppy.
When completed.
Reboot.
Use Puppies xorgwizard to make any changes to xorg.conf.

SEE NEXT POST FOR MORE INFO!

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PostPosted: Sun 19 Nov 2017, 02:25    Post subject:  

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Installing the Nvidia driver run package will install programs to control the graphics. These are not the normal ones used by Puppy.

Nvidia X Server Settings control program.
It controls the settings for Nvidia graphics hardware when using the Nvidia driver.
This is very good at making setting adjustments.
Use it for making any setting changes.

"Warning"
On the X Server Display Configuration Window is an option:
Save to X Configuration File
DO NOT USE THIS OPTION
It will make an xorg.conf file that does not work in Puppy and replaces the working Puppy xorg.conf.

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov 2018, 09:50    Post subject:  

ADDED INFO:

If you are using very old Nvidia hardware that needs to use one of the very old Nvidia drivers.
(drivers in the 100 or less numbers)
You may not be able to compile the driver in newest Puppy versions.
The problem is the needed support software is actually just too new and the driver compiling process can not use it to compile.
The Nvidia driver run package, for the very old driver, is wanting to use software to do the compile, that is not there or now works differently.

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