I tried installing the Nvidia drivers for my GeForce GTX 760M in various ways:

  • using the official repository:

    • package nvidia-current
    • package nvidia-331
  • downloading an installation file from the Nvidia web site

Even though the installation seemed to be successful, I got pre-installation script failed message from .run file (the directly downloaded installation file).

After installation, I ran sudo nvidia-xconfig and rebooted.

In both cases, the system doesn't seem to use the installed driver. Going to nvidia-settings gives an error:

You do not appear to be using NVIDIA X driver. Please edit you X configuration file (just run nvidia-xconfig as root), and restart the X server.

Running nvidia-smi gives an error:

NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.

lsmod command lists nvidia among other modules:

nvidia 10688804 0

So, I'm totally confused. How can I change that OS is using Nvidia driver? How to get rid of the error above?


My nvidia-settings opens now, but it has not many settings inside:

empty nvidia-settings

In the command line I see the following error:

** (nvidia-settings:4334): WARNING **: PRIME: Failed to execute child process "/usr/bin/prime-supported" (No such file or directory)

** Message: PRIME: is it supported? no

The command inxi -Gx (whatever it does) gives me:

Graphics: Card: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 X.Org: 1.14.3 drivers: nouveau,intel (unloaded: nvidia,fbdev,vesa) Resolution: [email protected] GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version: N/A Direct Rendering: N/A

So I can conclude that the Nvidia driver is not used. How to fix it?


1 Answer 1


Here is a suggestion for installing OpenSUSE Tumbleweed (as of April 2019) on a recent PC (Asus G20) with both Intel & nVidia (GTX970) graphics controllers:

  • in the BIOS settings, BOOT parameters, you can continue to use UEFI mode, but change the OS from "Windows" to "Other OS"

  • if your installation of OpenSUSE crashes, hangs, or fails with an unexpected error, try adding these options to the kernel boot line (press 'e' in the Grub boot screen): textmode=1 nomodeset acpi=off splash=verbose

  • you may need to do this each time when you run the 'Installation' or 'Update' option

  • after installing on an Asus G20, the following kernel options are recommended permanently, which you can set in Yast, Boot, Kernel parameters: pci=acpi pci=noaer splash=silent

  • also, it is suggested to install a minimum system in the non-graphics mode first, just to get the system running, then download the nVidia drivers for X using Yast from the Nvidia OpenSUSE repo, which is described here: https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers

  • install the appropriate for your graphics card. I used for a GTX970:

  • the 'x11-video-nvidiaG05' driver, then 'nvidia-glG05' for OpenGL 3D acceleration

  • then run 'Update' to bring the system up to graphics mode

This problem was submitted to OpenSUSE.

Possible causes:

  • PCI Advaced Error Reporting (AER) floods the system log
  • possible conflicts between the Intel and nVidia controllers prior to nVidia drivers being installed cause crash

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