This is the proprietary binary video driver from NVidia for the X.Org
X-server. This package does not include the kernel-module - it is a
part of the nvidia-kernel package at SlackBuilds.org.
Installing the 32-bit compatibility libraries is available: if desired, do:
Several useful utilities are included: nvidia-xsettings, nvidia-smi, and
nvidia-settings. Please refer to the Nvidia documentation and man pages
for details and usage.
For CUDA/OpenCL to work after reboot, you might need to include the
following line in your /etc/rc.d/rc.local:
# Create missing nvidia device nodes after reboot
/usr/bin/nvidia-modprobe -c 0 -u
Since this nvidia-driver conflicts with some files of xorg, it's a bit
complex to install/uninstall the driver. However, installation of the
nvidia-driver package itself backs up the conflicting files and puts the
nvidia-specific files into place.
Included is a script called nvidia-switch, which is used to switch from the
xorg driver to the nvidia driver, but it will not edit xorg.conf for you;
you have to do that manually. The nvidia-switch script is installed to
/usr/sbin. NOTE: Although nvidia-switch is aware of a COMPAT32 environment,
its use therein is not supported.
Usage of nvidia-switch:
nvidia-switch --install <--> install the nvidia files and save the
stock xorg files.
nvidia-switch --remove <--> remove the nvidia files and symlinks and
restore the stock xorg files.
You do NOT have to run nvidia-switch after installing the package.
Before uninstalling or upgrading this package, it is important that you execute
'nvidia-switch --remove', which will switch back to the stock xorg files
and remove all links created by nvidia-switch during installation. If you forget
to do this, you might have to do the switch manually, since 'nvidia-switch --install'
may fail, resulting in xorg not working. Here are the affected files:
Simply remove the dead nvidia symlinks and rename the saved '-xorg' appended files.
Maintained by: Edward W. Koenig
(the SlackBuild does not include the source)