Help - 6-screens after installing nvidia driver 4 suse 11.1

im having an ASUS K501N series laptop that has a G102M GeForce NVIDIA
graphic card.Im having a dual boot with windows XP and OpenSUSE 11.1.i
have already installed the graphic driver to windows but dont really
Know how to installed it in SUSE i came up to this forum topic
and did as what was told:

> Start the Software installer and make sure you have the pattern 'Linux
> Kernel Development' installed.
> Open a terminal window and issue following commands:
> mkdir NVIDIA-driver
> cd NVIDIA-driver
> wget
> Now logout of your desktop back to the login screen. At the graphic
> login screen, hit Ctrl-Alt-F1. This brings you to the console, with a
> text based login. Login with username and password. Now issue the
> following commands to install and configure the driver. You will be
> prompted for your rootpassword on all the 'su -c' commands. but that's
> for your own security.
> cd ~/NVIDIA-driver
> su -c 'init 3'
> su -c 'sh -q'

Everything was ok up till this stage but as i type in this:

> su -c 'cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf .'

the following error comes out:

> cp: missing destination file operand after '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.'
> Try 'cp-- help' for more information

then i tried manually copying the file to the nvidia folder..and tried
the rest:

> su -c 'sax2 -r -m0=nvidia'
> su -c 'init 5 && exit'

nvidia was sucessfully installed but i now have 6 screen on my
monitor..and through this forum i found out that adding

> Option "ModeValidation" "NoTotalSizeCheck" 
to the xorg.conf file might help..but my monitors stays the same with 6
for days i tried googling and forums...but nothing seems to be

if its helpful,my kernel information is:

gothu@linux-p6e8:~> uname -a
Linux linux-p6e8 #1 SMP 2009-08-15 17:53:59 +0200
i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
gothu@linux-p6e8:~> rpm -qa | grep kernel

Plz be aware that im not linux just a newbie..plz help
Thank you..


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gomz;2052331 Wrote: 
> gothu@linux-p6e8:~> uname -a
> Linux linux-p6e8 #1 SMP 2009-08-15 17:53:59 +0200
> i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
> gothu@linux-p6e8:~> rpm -qa | grep kernel
> > 
  >   > kernel-pae-extra-
  > kernel-debug-
  > kernel-pae-base-
  > kernel-default-base-
  > kernel-syms-
  > kernel-default-extra-
  > kernel-pae-
  > kernel-source-
  > kernel-debug-extra-
  > kernel-default-
  > kernel-docs-2.6.3-3.13.46
  > linux-kernel-headers-2.6.27-2.28
  > kernel-debug-base-
  > gothu@linux-p6e8:~>
> > 
Ok, the above is bad.

You have old kernels, new kernels, extra kernels, ... 

You have installed way too many kernel rpms.  Which kernel do you
intend to use?  For example, on my 64-bit openSUSE-11.1, I use
kernel-default. Hence All I have installed is:

    oldcpu@hal1000:~> rpm -qa | grep kernel

If you decide to remove the unneeded kernel, pay very close attention
to what this does to your computer's /boot/grub/menu.lst file (you will
need root permissions to open that file).  I recommend you make a backup
copy of that file first before you do anything (with root permissions)
and then after you remove any unneeded kernel applications, immediately
after the removal and before rebooting, compared the revised
/boot/grub/menu.lst against the backed up /boot/grub/menu.lst and ensure
the changes make sense.

Then after that is successful, you will need to re-build/re-install the
proprietary graphic driver.

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10/18/2009 12:56:01 PM
ok, i dont understand what you are asking me to do..backup copy of what
file? how?
What kernel is important?
And how to compare the revised /boot/grub/ against the backup

im a newbie..plz be detail?

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gomz;2052359 Wrote: 
> ok, i dont understand what you are asking me to do..backup copy of what
> file? how? Backup the /boot/grub/menu.lst file.

One way to do that backup, is (assuming your user name is "gothu") is
to type:

    su -c 'cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /home/gothu/menu.lst'
and type root password when prompted for a password.

gomz;2052359 Wrote: 
> What kernel is important? The kernel you intend to use is the one that is important.  Preferably
the version, which is the latest ?  Or did you intend to
update the pae kernel to but mistakenly installed the
kernel-default for  I don't know. Only you have that

I gave you an example as to what I have on my PC that works.  

But note if you pick the wrong kernel you "might" break your wireless,
webcam, sound in addition to your graphics.
gomz;2052359 Wrote: 
> And how to compare the revised /boot/grub/ against the backup
> /boot/grub/menu.lstOpen them in an editor and look at the difference ! Compare the
difference Since you need root permissions to open the file, then     
- if using KDE you could type: kdesu 'kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst' 
- and if using Gnome you could type:  gnomesu gedit
  /boot/grub/menu.lst but be VERY CAREFUL not to save any changes unless you know exactly what
you are doing, as the wrong information there could destroy the
capability of your PC to boot.

But since you have 6 screens, that could be difficult ! :)

What you could do, in the mean time, is revert to an openGL or a vesa
driver.  Do that by rebooting, and when the very first boot screen comes
up, press "3" to boot to run level 3. Then let the PC boot. It will come
to an ascii/text login. Log in as user gothu (assuming that is your user
name).   Then type "su" to get root permissions. Then revert to a vesa
driver by typing:
::sax2 -r -m 0=nv::
where that is zero equals nv.
Then restart with "shutdown -r now" and hopefully you will be back to
an openGL driver.

If that does not work, then try:
::sax2 -r -m 0=vesa::
instead, where that is zero equals vesa

For example, here is my /boot/grub/menu.lst.  Note mine is optimized
for my PC and will NOT work on your PC. You need to use what you have.

    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Fri Aug 21 18:57:52 CEST 2009
  default 0
  timeout 15
  gfxmenu (hd0,1)/boot/message
  ##YaST - activate
  ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
  title openSUSE 11.1 -
  root (hd0,1)
  kernel /boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST31500341AS_9VS14DG6-part2 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST31500341AS_9VS14DG6-part3 splash=silent showopts vga=0x346
  initrd /boot/initrd-
  ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
  title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.1 -
  root (hd0,1)
  kernel /boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST31500341AS_9VS14DG6-part2 showopts ide=nodma apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 x11failsafe vga=0x346
  initrd /boot/initrd-
  ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
  title Windows
  rootnoverify (hd0,0)
  chainloader +1

gomz;2052359 Wrote: 
> im a newbie..plz be detail?I think it might help for you to brush up on some basics?  Here are some
basic concepts 'Concepts - openSUSE' (

... a caution. 

careful and install judiciously.  

Good luck!

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10/18/2009 1:36:01 PM
How much time have you spent on your openSUSE?

If you just installed it, then it may be quicker for you to bite the
bullet now and re-install. That will take a couple of hours.  

For me to sort your mess in front of your PC might take 15-minutes. 
For you this could take days of post, counter-post, counter-post ...

Re-installation is not the Linux way. You will learn more by trying to
fix this. But your frustration levels may go thru the roof. It may be
quicker for YOU to re-install, and then be very careful what you do. 
Seek advice each step of the way after a re-install BEFORE you do

If you do re-install, be CERTAIN you install on top of the old openSUSE
and NOT install a 2nd version in addition to the first.

Better yet, do you have a knowledgeable Linux friend who can sit down
beside you and hold your hand thru this?

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10/18/2009 1:46:01 PM
No i dont have a friend that is knowledgeable in linux..wish i was your
friend though! not that knowledgeble in linux in the sense that some
words or phrase like, grub, kernel, and most of all the commands of
linux..all my work on linux is always through i juz follow
and learn along the for changing to vesa..i have done it..and
currently interchanging it with nvidia..i have to change it back to vesa
to find solution for my it takes time to try out the
solutions on nividia and and when it fails i have to install vesa back
and find for solutions..thats y im asking for a detailed solution (i.e.
linux commands)..

Back to my problem..
So through my kernel version..the graphic may show 6 screen?

and why is it im having this error:
> cp: missing destination file operand after '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.'
> Try 'cp-- help' for more information 

after the command:
> su -c 'cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf' 

What does this means?
What could have cause 6 screens??

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gomz;2052401 Wrote: 
> after the command:
> > 
  >   > su -c 'cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf' 
> > What does this means?
This is a new user mistake in not understanding the syntax of the copy
command, nor of root permissions.

When one copies a file, one must copy the file *FROM* a place, *TO* a

So to copy from file-a to file-b, the command would be:

    cp file-a file-b 

In your example, you have forgotten to add the "TO" ... for example, 

    su -c 'cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.mybackup'
would work.

Now, note the "su -c " at the start, and the single quotations around
the remainder.

When you type "su" it means switch user.  ie if you were to type: "su
joe" you would switch user in this terminal (and only this terminal)
from your current logged in user (say gothu) to user joe, assuming of
course user joe had an account on your PC. You would also have to enter
user joe's password.  Then any other commands in that terminal (and only
that terminal) would have user joe permissions.

If you do not specify the user, but just type "su" by itself, then the
command assumes you want administrator (ie root) permissions.   And you
will have to enter user root's password.  And any other commands in that
terminal (and only that specific terminal), would be run with
administrator (ie root) permissions.  Once you close that terminal, then
its done. No more root permissions in that terminal, as that terminal is
closed. If instead of closing, you were to type "exit", then it would
log out of the last user in which you logged in (ie log out of user
"joe", or out of user 'root' ).

Now if you only wanted ONE command, and no others sent with root
permissions, you could type the " -c " option after su. Then only the
command that follows, is sent with the permission of the user to which
you have switched in that line.

So by typing:

    su -c 'cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.mybackup' 

you are saying with root permissions, for this command and only this
command, copy the file xorg.conf to the new file xorg.conf.mybackup (in
the directory /etc/X11).

Clear as mud?

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10/18/2009 3:26:01 PM
I have a similar problem updating from new ubuntu.
But the bad thing is that I have the 6 screen already at BIOS stage...
do you have the same problem ???

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11/17/2009 1:36:01 PM
thank you oldcpu..i have solved my problem...its all good..thank you
very much..

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