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A simple way to turn off nouveau

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openSUSE-11.4
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Description

With OpenSUSE11.3 nouveau is used be default. In order to turn it off you must add nomodeset to the kernel parameters in /boot/grub/menu.lst and turn on no_kms_in_intrid in the sysconfig editor. So why not add a simple option on the sysconfig editor to do both?

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icons/user_comment.png n. s. wrote: (3 years ago)

There are better steps on how to disable it here: http://www.suse.de/~sndirsch/nvidia-installer-HOWTO.html#1

icons/user_comment.png J. N. wrote: (3 years ago)

That link doesn't contain instructions for how to disable nouveau except that they are buried within instructions for how to install the proprietary NVidia module.

If you want to disable it, you don't need the no_kms_in_initrd thing at all. Just use nomodeset (which you should add to /etc/sysconfig/bootloader as well).

Having more than one way to do something frequently leads to all sorts of problems. Have one well documented way. Using nomodeset should prevent the module from loading entirely.

icons/user_comment.png n. s. wrote: (3 years ago)

That's just the way I was shown to disable it, I'm sure there is many ways to do it.

And the reason I posted that link is because most, but not all users who disable nouveau are doing so to use the proprietary driver.

icons/user_comment.png J. N. wrote: (3 years ago)

I installed the proprietary driver last night, and I was using nouveau before.

I noted two changes, without having to do anything else:

1. no_kms_in_initrd was changed by the installation of the proprietary rpm, and the machine booted fine without any other manual changes (except the fonts in X were HUGE)

2. after uninstalling the proprietary rpm, the no_kms_in_initrd was not changed back. Ideally, the no_kms_in_initrd value would take an 'auto' param, which if the proprietary driver is installed would mean "yes" otherwise "no", while still allowing the system administrator to choose yes or no manually.

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