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Nvidia Drivers available for Solaris on x86 and x64

Further to my not that I gave a brief demo of looking glass at SOSUG on Tuesday night, I just checked the nVIDIA drivers download page.

screen shot from nVIDIA driver downloads

There is a bit more information at, including a link to a discussion board on the driver.

The driver is supported for Quadro cards, but also simply works for many of the GeForce ones (like what’s in my notebook. It should also be noted that it will only work with Solaris 10 and anything newer (e.g. Solaris Express and Open Solaris).

Well, simply works is a little bit of an over simplification.

You’ll need to add the device name into /etc/driver_aliases if you are not using a supported card.

I’ll try to get some instructions up in the next day or so (unless someone beats me to it).

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Written by Alan

June 1, 2005 at 8:41 pm

Posted in Solaris

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  1. Glad I checked Sunblog today!
    I just installed it. Maybe because I am using a “supported” platform (W2100z w/ NV280), after “sh *.run” and “reboot — -r”, the driver is installed automatically after the reboot. Yes, only two commands and one reboot, no editting any file.
    I was a little worried because the readme/guide is so long πŸ™‚


    June 1, 2005 at 9:44 pm

  2. The classic Hannibal Smith quote from the A-Team seems appropriate…

    I love it when a plan comes together


    Alan Hargreaves

    June 1, 2005 at 9:53 pm

  3. Hi,
    Is there any opengl acceleration supported for “common” NVIDIA card like Geforce 2, 3, 4 and 6×00 ?
    I am waiting the linux binary compatibility to test Unreal Tournament 2004 linux binary on solaris 10 πŸ™‚
    They are already working with FreeBSD and NVIDIA drivers + linux emulation.

    Damien Petrilli

    June 2, 2005 at 12:29 am

  4. I am running on a GeForce 4 4400 Go
    I hope to post something tomorrow with the instructtionas there is somes stuff that you have to do extra with the non-supported drivers.
    Just remember, they support Quadrom the other might work but are not supported.

    Alan Hargreaves

    June 2, 2005 at 12:36 am

  5. OK,
    thanks for your answer, I will test that this week πŸ™‚

    Damien Petrilli

    June 2, 2005 at 2:09 am

  6. This is great. I’ve been looking forward to this since the NVIDIA announcement late last year!

    Now, if drivers for the nForce platform ethernet chipsets get integrated into Solaris, everything will be just peachy…

    -Jason =:^)

    Jason Ozolins

    June 5, 2005 at 7:02 pm

  7. [Trackback] Following on from Alan’s
    blog about installing the nvidia driver to support an unsupported
    card. The bit he left as an exercise for the reader is to update the
    “ /etc/driver_aliases ” file. Well to do this you
    need to run update_dr…

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