Nvidia beta 555 drivers installation instructions?

Is there is preferred method to install the nvidia 555 beta drivers with explicit sync since plasma 6.1 came out last night? I’ve used Arch, but new to Garuda and there are some garuda labeled dependencies for nvidia tools (and maybe something else, going by memory). I thought maybe I should ask if there is a best practice method for doing this so that I can go back to non beta drivers smoothly when the time comes.

Hi there, welcome to the forum!
I’m not an Nvidia user, but this seemed to be ok…

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I’m looking for that same installation instruction. I see you have no replies. The explicit sync is the main feature needed, as I think it is the reason a lot of games I have are getting flickering. I hope I can be updated if you get a solution.

Nvidia’s website (Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver | 555.42.02 | Linux 64-bit | NVIDIA) has the driver for download. I’m not sure why it is not available in wherever the mhwd command is pointing for a repo or source of the drivers. Is that something Garuda OS devs can provide in the “Settings Manager” (“Hardware Configuration”) as a custom setting? That currently does the mhwd command. Under “Additional Information” on the Nvidia link: “Note that many Linux distributions provide their own packages of the NVIDIA Linux Graphics Driver in the distribution’s native package management format. This may interact better with the rest of your distribution’s framework, and you may want to use this rather than NVIDIA’s official package.” Devs please comment.

the 555.58 is already at PROD repo, you dont need the BETA.

Regards,
S.

@Soong did an excellent post on this,

The following commands give you a choice which Nvidia drivers to install. Excellent for getting the latest drivers.

In a nutshell

when you do it for the second time start here

rmdir $HOME"/nvidea-all"

#if do this for the first time start here;
git clone GitHub - Frogging-Family/nvidia-all: Nvidia driver latest to 396 series AIO installer
cd nvidia-all
makepkg -si
sudo mkinitcpio -P
sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

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I’m not sure what this means…but what @filo posted is a link. You just click the link, and there are the instructions.

That’s exactly right, don’t install the drivers off of the download page.

Here is the relevant ArchWiki link:

Installation

Warning: Avoid installing the NVIDIA driver through the package provided from the NVIDIA website. Installation through pacman allows upgrading the driver together with the rest of the system.

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Thanks. I may try this. I am always concerned about anything that messes with grub (I don’ t have enough technical knowledge on grub), as corrupting it has in the past led me to disaster with an unbootable system that I don’t know how to recover. With these commands, is there any risk in such? Did you actually use this to install the 555 driver? Did it actually solve the explicit sync issue that seems to cause flickering on the screen?

i do not know the answers to all these questions. What i do know is that i could not compile any of my kernels with the default nvidia drivers, and doing this fixed it. All my games work great. And what i also know is that it gives you choice which drivers to install.

Also what you could try is instead of making the zen kernel your default kernel is loading the linux-lts kernel as well and see if that posses any problems.

Also what window manager are you using? Because of my love for my scripts, i’m using the X11 window manager, and have no graphic problems in any of my games.

You are way ahead of me. I have whatever came with KDE plasma in the Garuda OS distro. I’ve used KDE neon, Ubuntu, Zorin in the past, but mainly as an application end-user, not much into scripting or programming, but of late, I have done some Arma 3 scripts (in my Windows 10 machine) and I am about 1/2 way through a C++ beginners programming course (with textbook and online instruction). It was 40 years ago when I programmed some statistics in a mainframe with some stat packages that probably don’t even exist anymore, and some Basic and Quick Basic language (1983), with little since. I want to use my machine for some further programming study and games.

The egregious Win 11 privacy intrusions led me to decide I am going to permanently move to linux, and because I game a lot, I want a distro that is easy to support that use. I need a lot of hand-holding at this point. I am first trying Garuda on a secondary PC so I can continue to work on the W10 machine until I am more familiar and comfortable with linux. So far, I really like Garuda OS, its eye candy and is very user friendly. Arch is another matter, but “yay” is a godsend. I’m learning a lot about getting games set up (not always so easy), but the biggest problems for me are finding out things like a Nvidia GT 1030 won’t support anything over dxvk 1.10.3, etc, where info must be “mined” sometime to find out why things aren’t working. I’m going to try this nvidia-all to see if it will solve the explicit sync issue with the 555 driver, but as a backup, I have a $42 AMD RX 570 gpu coming from Ebay. Apparently the drivers for AMD do support implicit sync and I hope that would also solve the screen flickering issue I get (only with games). That too is a bit scary. I’ve built about 10 windows machines from scratch without difficulty, but I am not sure if the new gpu will be recognized by the default drivers that are apparently in the distro/kernel (I hope). If not, reading the Arch wiki about how to install makes me cringe. Wish me luck.

i reckon you better finding answers on (Arch) forums. i do not like reading Arch wiki, far to sterile, and cumbersome.

However users giving me step by step instructions on how to overcome my issues, have been most helpful. This has happened countless times, since using Linux (for about 15 years now i reckon.)

So far i like Garuda the best, for ease of use, the visible candies provided, like plasma 6, its gaming prowess, i had a 5-10 FPS increase 4K gaming going from Kubuntu to Garuda, and its wide range of supporting software available.

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Thanks. I will give it a try.

System update today included Nvidia 555 drivers and the configs for Garuda OS. No more screen flickering. The Garuda OS devs did a great job to get this integrated into the OS. Most of my games were borked by being stuck with 545 drivers, now ALL work! Many thanks devs!