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Prerequisites

  • Have an Internet connection
  • Have a complete set of urpmi repositories (software sources)
  • Have activated Nonfree_Release and Nonfree_Updates repositories

please see Software management for the two latter points.

Installation of proprietary drivers

We will explore together how to do install proprietary drivers from Nvidia and ATI on Mageia. We do not need sorcery for it.

  1. Access to MCC (Mageia Control Center)
    You have to give root's password
  2. As the MCC is launched, click on the tab "Hardware" and on the icon "Set up the graphical server"
  3. Click on the button beside "Graphic Card"
  4. Then choose the constructor and the model in relation to your card.
    There is two types of drivers:
    • proprietary drivers: such drivers are provided by the constructor of the card as binary files. The source code is not accessible. They can not be included in the Mageia's iso because of licenses rights.
    • open drivers: such drivers are provided by X.org foundation and the code source is accessible. They are maintained by the community and are included in the Mageia distribution. They are today (2012) less speed as proprietary drivers.
    The open drivers are named:
    • xorg -> nouveau for Nvidia's cards
    • xorg -> ati for ATI's cards
  5. The system confirms you that a proprietary driver exists for your card and asks you if you want to install it. If the question is not asked, it's because your card is not supported by an actual driver. If you choose "No" the system will install (or keep, if already installed) the open driver.
  6. The options
    The wizard shows you a list of option, depending of the characteristics of your card.
    • activate translucency (extension Composite)
    • Use hardware acceleration for mouse pointer
    • Use acceleration RENDER for 3D effects
    • Graphical interface at startup
    Normally, you have to choose this options. The other options can be discarded.
  7. Choose "OK"
    You come back to the screen "Set up the graphical server". You can modify the resolution of your monitor, but if your hardware is well detected, it is already well set.
  8. The system asks you if you want to to store the information in the file "xorg.conf". The answer should be "Yes". The file is saved in /etc/X11/
  9. You will be asked to disconnect your session for the entering of your modifications. Press "OK" and then disconnect your session.