NVIDIA Accelerated Linux Graphics Driver README and Installation Guide

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Table of Contents

I. Installation and Configuration Instructions
1. Introduction
2. Minimum Software Requirements
3. Selecting and Downloading the NVIDIA Packages for Your System
4. Installing the NVIDIA Driver
Before you Begin
Starting the Installer
Installing the Kernel Interface
Features of the Installer
5. Listing of Installed Components
6. Configuring X for the NVIDIA Driver
Using nvidia-xconfig to configure the X server
Manually Editing the Configuration File
7. Frequently Asked Questions
8. Common Problems
9. Known Issues
10. Allocating DMA Buffers on 64-bit Platforms
11. Specifying OpenGL Environment Variable Settings
12. Configuring AGP
13. Configuring TwinView
14. Configuring GLX in Xinerama
15. Configuring Multiple X Screens on One Card
16. Configuring TV-Out
17. Using the XRandR Extension
18. Configuring a Notebook
19. Programming Modes
20. Configuring Flipping and UBB
21. Using the Proc Filesystem Interface
22. Configuring Power Management Support
23. Using the X Composite Extension
24. Using the nvidia-settings Utility
25. Configuring SLI and Multi-GPU FrameRendering
26. Configuring Frame Lock and Genlock
27. Configuring SDI Video Output
28. Configuring Depth 30 Displays
29. NVIDIA Contact Info and Additional Resources
30. Acknowledgements
II. Appendices
A. Supported NVIDIA GPU Products
B. X Config Options
C. Display Device Names
D. GLX Support
E. Dots Per Inch
F. i2c Bus Support
G. XvMC Support
H. Tips for New Linux Users