Originally Posted by kmoore134
If use the xorg utility to install an nvidia driver,
then the 'nvidia-settings' app is loaded automatically with it.
On a AMD64 install every time I've gotten to the Display Settings
) screen and select
the driver (nvidia 256.xx) to use it says "these settings will now be tested,
if it fails please wait and you'll come back to this screen"... it goes black and
never comes back. The only way to get an install with X is to use
"Skip" on the Display Settings. The monitor is a 46" flatscreen w/ native
1920x1080 yet it is always adjusted to 1280x768. Here's a catch... the
xorg.conf file however says 1024x768.
After getting an install (albiet w/ a messed up xorg.conf file) with a resolution
(after reboot) of 1024x768 I use the Update Manager to install Nvidia
260.19.29 driver. It says to use "7. Run the Display setup Wizard" after a
restart. Ok, try that and option 7. says: "Run the Display Setup Wizard
(Disabled)". So I log in, look for the nvidia-settings and newer nvidia-config
and nothing. Yet, the 260.19.29 driver is found in the xorg list of drivers.
So, it's down to editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf and adding nvidia_load="YES" to
the /boot/loader.conf file. Nada. Zip.
The workaround here: http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13556
interesting but I believe that that is unacceptable. This is supposed to be
-BSD right? Not FreeBSD. Why that system, with absolutely no
changes made to it, now requires an updated nvidia driver when the previous
one (included in the 8.1 Release) worked fine is completely baffling.
It should be optional, not required, not part of the process (especially when
it depends on something that's been "Disabled"). The 256 driver should have
worked "out of the box".
Digging through files in a shell is not a problem for me but for the
thousands of mother's, grandmothers and other new unix ppl out there it's
simply unacceptable. By now there should be an integrated xorg utility that
does NOT require working in a shell, editing files manually or that one has to
reboot in order to use the boot menu selector.
One other small gripe. the change to the prompt. The one where the user's
name is always there and the directory + % is added to denote that the user
has su'd to root... that is annoying. In a university setting with hundreds of
users ok I understand that sometimes it's necessary to leave a terminal and
you don't want to broadcast that you are root. But, again, this is PC
BSD and that happening with no easy / quick means of reverting it is
annoying. Catering to Linux users who want sudo included by doing something
that in my opinion is just stupid... is just that... stupid. I know how to
change it, I even have the time to change it, the point is though that I
shouldn't have to change it. It should not have been altered.
Your spending time on goofy little annoyances like that, changes that are not
needed and are in fact simply distracting, instead of fixing gaping holes in
other areas is making me question where your head's at Kris. Further, when
the guy above alluded to their being a PROBLEM with access to the nvidia-
settings you replied about "if you use the xorg utility to install the nvidia
driver"... but nothing about a situation where they didn't use the xorg utility,
or even how to get to the xorg utility. And why should that workaround with
pkg_add be acceptable? Where is the update manager or PBI's or inclusion of
an included nvidia settings manager in all of this? It all seems to be left in a