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Downloader and installer for the nVidia driver package (361.18)(beta) - does not work


WARNING: This driver is not compatible with openSuSE


Installing these packages can take a long time. These packages will automatically download the NVIDIA driver (+-70MB) from
http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64 or http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86 and save it in /usr/src.
The driver and libraries will be installed after the download.

The installer will install the nVidia files the Bumblebee way. The libraries will NOT interfere with any other libraries of a distribution and will be installed in a seperate nvidia directory. Usage will be controlled by editing the ld.so.conf(.d) and/or using the "ModulePath" var in xorg.conf.

You can also download the NVIDIA package yourself and copy it to the /usr/src directory. The installer will then skip the download part and just install the driver and libraries the Bumblebee way.

These rpms can be used by normal and Optimus enabled nVidia systems.

Tips and tricks

You can use the /usr/lib/nvidia/switch-libGL.sh or /usr/lib64/nvidia/switch-libGL.sh to force the use of the nVidia libGL* libraries.
This is only necessary if an application is compiled with hard linked library paths ( the rpath option was used ).
A better solution is to start the offending application with:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/nvidia:/usr/lib/nvidia/vdpau <application_name> [ <arguments> ]

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib64/nvidia:/usr/lib64/nvidia/vdpau <application_name> [ <arguments> ]

and force the application to use the nVidia libs.

Release info

- Update to 361.18

 * The OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Driver (GLVND) infrastructure is
   now included and supported by the NVIDIA GLX and OpenGL drivers.
   This should not cause any visible changes in behavior for
   end users, but some internal driver component libraries have
   been renamed and/or moved as a result. These changes may affect
   scripts that rely on the presence of NVIDIA OpenGL driver
   components other than those specified in the Linux OpenGL ABI
   version 1.0, maintainers of alternative NVIDIA driver
   installation packages, and applications which rely on the
   presence of any non- OpenGL/GLX symbols in the libGL.so.1
   library and its dependencies in any way.

    Please see:

    For more information on the GLVND project.

    The Linux OpenGL ABI version 1.0 specification is available at:

 * Updated nvidia-installer to run ldconfig(8) and depmod(8) after
   uninstalling an existing driver, instead of only running these
   two commands when installing a new driver.
 * Removed the VDPAU wrapper and trace libraries libvdpau.so.1 and
   libvdpau_trace.so.1 from the driver package.  These libraries may
   be available via your distribution's package management system,
   or can be compiled from the sources available at:


    Please see

    http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/VDPAU/ for more information.

Comments for home:Bumblebee-Project:nVidia:361.18 (14)

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

Hi! Is is possible to update to version 361.28 that was released on 9th February? Thanks!

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

Btw, when I tried to install this version, I could not boot. The screen started to flicker and GDM could not be loaded. Should I open a bug or is it expected?

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

The 361 drivers do not work with openSuSE yet, even if you try to install the driver directly by using the .run file of nVidia. The GLX / openGL lib is completely "redefined" by nVidia. I cannot find the problem because there are no usefull / meaningfull error messages in the log files.

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

Till now there is no working version of the 361 driver from nVidia. They changed to much in the GLX part of the driver. Even installing the nVidia .run package will not work on an openSuSE system.

But in the new driver 361.28, they included a legacy GLX library so...

I am going to test the new driver tonight.

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

Hi! I installed the 361.28 using the .run. It worked fine since I could boot into gnome and use OpenGL software. However, when I tried to reboot or halt, the computer locks for some reason I could not verify. It stays forever in tty screen without any useful message and I could not interact with the system.

Please, let me know if I can help you.

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

Actually, it is happening with also the latest version. Am I doing something wrong? I'm just installing x11-video-nvidia after a clean installation. Is it correct?

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

Please do not use the .run and the rpm packages together. If you want to switch between the .run and the rpms make very shure you uninstall the .run or the rpms completely. If you forget to uninstall something, library links will get messed up and you probably have to reinstall your system or manually restore all the links....

If you install the rpms on a clean system, just selecting the x11-video-nvidia should do the job. It will automaticly select the dependencies dkms, dkms-nvidia, dkms-nvidia-uvm, dkms-nvidia-modeset

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

Something is very strange. After a clean install, I installed x11-video-nvidia and the system did not boot. I restarted in safe mode and verified that I had the message:

(EE) NVIDIA: Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module. Please see the

However, if I log as root and tried to start X, then everything works fine. I'm using GDM/gnome. Do you have any ideas what might be causing this behavior?

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

Did you also update openSuse when you installed the nVidia packages? There is still a bug somewhere in systemd or the dkms service setup. Systemd will not wait for dkms to finish compiling the nVidia modules and starts the graphical system before the module is available and X will fail to start. If you wait a little bit and verify the modules are available in the /lib/modules for your kernel. Use: find /lib/modules -name "nvidia*". This command should find the modules nvidia.ko, nvidia-uvm.ko and nvidia-modeset.ko. If found, you can try to restart X again with the commands (as root):

init 3 init 5

I presume your are using a dedicated nVidia card system and not an optimus laptop...

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

yes, I'm using dedicated nvidia. The problem is that I just cannot login after reboot. The screen starts to flicker. When I reboot using init 1, then I can see that the modules do exist and I can start gnome, for example. But I just can't see GDM start during a normal boot.

Ronan Chagas Ronis_BR wrote 9 months ago

Btw, everything works fine if I choose to install the driver using the "hard way".

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

I have the 361.28 driver up and running on my optimus laptop. I will test the new driver on a dedicated system tomorrow.

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

I closed / deleted the repositories for 361.16 and 361.18 because they will not work with the current openSuSE distros.

Maxime Rijnders Bumblebee-Project wrote 9 months ago

Fixed missing library, driver 361.28 is up and running on a dedicated system with the legacy glx library.