Configure NVIDIA (non-free) settings and load them on Startup

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Take Note that this tutorial is meant for users who are using the NVIDIA Proprietary (non-free) drivers.

You can check what drivers you have installed with:

inxi -G

If you have the Nouveau driver you can install the proprietary NVIDIA driver. To install the non-free drivers; go to a terminal and write:

sudo mhwd -a pci nonfree 0300

Then reboot and your driver should be installed.

To configure Resolution/Refresh Rate:

1. Open terminal run 'sudo nvidia-settings'

2. Change resolution and refresh rate in 'X Server Display Configuration' tab.

3. Hit the 'Save to X Configuration File' button and save to /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf

4. Open terminal and run 'sudo mhwd-gpu --setgl nvidia --setxorg /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf'

Note: The above method, currently, does not work in the 
Cinnamon Edition. When a solution is derived, it will be 
updated here.

To configure X Screen settings (OpenGL Settings, Antialiasing, X Server XVideo):

1. Open terminal and run 'nvidia-settings'

2. Change settings in X Server XVideo Settings, OpenGL and Antialiasing, in the 'X Screen' tab.

3. Click on 'nvidia-settings configuration' tab and click on the 'Save Current Configuration' button.

4. Save the .nvidia-settings-rc to the default location specified ( /home/user_name )

5. Open terminal and type 'sudo gedit ~/.xinitrc' (or 'sudo gedit /home/user_name/.xinitrc') -> replace gedit with text editor of choice.

6. Once opened, add 'exec nvidia-settings --load-config-only' on a new line (do not add the ' ' ).

7. Save and exit.


There you go. This should (hopefully) solve those having issues with the NVIDIA non-free drivers for loading specific resolutions/refresh rates and X Screen settings on startup.


X Server failed to start after install and reboot

If you restart your computer after the nvidia driver installation, and shows you that the X Server failed to start and the log shows you " modprobe: ERROR: could not insert nvidia : No such a device then deinstall the nvidia driver with "sudo mhwd -r pci video-nvidia" then reboot your computer back to your desktop open a terminal write in "sudo gedit /etc/mkinitcpio.conf delete the nouveau out of MODULES, MODULES=" nouveau" -> MODULES="" after that write in the terminal for kernel 3.10 "sudo mkinitcpio -p linux310" for Kernel 3.11 "sudo mkinitcpio -p linux311" then install the nvidia driver "sudo mhwd -a pci nonfree 0300" reboot and it should work ;)


If you have any problems, improvements or see any errors in this tutorial, please post in this Manjaro forum thread: [1]