Nvidia driver installation

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To play games or use 3D CAD software you need to install Nvidia driver.

Install using ports[edit]

Download the GhostBSD 10.3 kernel source code for i386 or x86_64.

Download the GhostBSD 11.0 kernel source code for i386 or x86_64.

Download the GhostBSD 11.1 kernel source code for i386 or x86_64.


Unpack it in the directory /usr/src.

Update you ports tree:

portsnap fetch update

Get inside needed driver (ex. nvidia-drivers-304):

cd /usr/ports/x11/nvidia-drivers-304

Compile it

make install clean

Install nvidia-xconfig utility and create xorg.conf file with it

cd /usr/ports/x11/nvidia-xconfig
make install clean
nvidia-xconfig

Install using package manager[edit]

First you should search for available drivers packages:

pkg search nvidia

you will get something like this:

nvidia-driver-367.44_3         NVidia graphics card binary drivers for hardware OpenGL rendering
nvidia-driver-304-304.131_4    NVidia graphics card binary drivers for hardware OpenGL rendering
nvidia-driver-340-340.96_4     NVidia graphics card binary drivers for hardware OpenGL rendering
nvidia-settings-375.26_3       Display Control Panel for X NVidia driver
nvidia-texture-tools-2.0.8.1_7 Texture Tools with support for DirectX 10 texture formats
nvidia-xconfig-375.26          Tool to manipulate X configuration files for the NVidia driver

Now choose driver and install it:

pkg install nvidia-driver-340-340.96_4

If you want to install the latest nvidia driver just enter:

pkg install nvidia-driver

this will install driver version 367.44_3 but there is a slightly different step needed to set it up for GhostBSD. See next section below.

Also we need to install two additional packages:

pkg install nvidia-settings
pkg install nvidia-xconfig

Setting up GhostBSD to use nvidia[edit]

If you use and AGP nvidia card run the next command.

echo 'hint.agp.0.disabled="1"' >> /boot/device.hints

Note:

  1. Using GhostBSD GRUB the driver must be loaded in /etc/rc.conf:
    echo 'kld_list="nvidia"' >> /etc/rc.conf
  2. For nvidia drivers later than 367.35 this must be loaded in /etc/rc.conf:
    echo 'kld_list="nvidia-modeset"' >> /etc/rc.conf
  3. Using BSD loader or Linux Grub the driver must be loaded in loader.conf:
    echo 'nvidia_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf
  4. For the latest nvivia driver (after 367.35) this must be loaded:
    echo 'nvidia-modeset_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf


Make X configuration file with nvidia-xconfig utility:

nvidia-xconfig

You can reboot your system now:

reboot