Antergos nvidia-installer (install Nvidia proprietary drivers)

Antergos nvidia-installer (install Nvidia proprietary drivers)

As most newer cards will work with the latest (called nvidia) driver some older cards are not longer supported by the lates driver // see discussion here: xorg-server-update-causes-issues-with-nvidia-propritary-drivers

Latest changes on supported Cards by Driver versions:

newly moved to legacy:

* 390xx --> works with xorg 1.20 (current version)

GeForce 400/500/600 series cards [NVCx and NVDx]

* 340xx --> NOW! works with xorg 1.20 (current version)

GeForce 8/9, ION and 100-300 series cards [NV5x, NV8x, NV9x and NVAx] 

So called unsupported drivers:

* 304xx --> last supported xorg 1.19 (needs downgrade)

For GeForce 6/7 series cards [NV4x and NV6x]

* 173xx --> last supported xorg 1.15 (needs downgrade)

GeForce 5 FX series cards [NV30-NV36]

* 96xx --> last supported xorg 1.12 (needs downgrade)

GeForce 2/3/4 MX/Ti series cards [NV11, NV17-NV28]

nvidia-installer only support latest driver and nvidia-390xx  as all others are not supported by latest Xorg anymore and will need to permanent downgrade xorg-server to last working version, what may will brake in future.

To see what driver version support your card go here:

Put in the info for your card, and choose Linux-64bit as OS.

All supported cards for nvidia-390xx:

For GeForce it seems to show all drivers only on this page:


nvidia-installer -h
usage: nvidia-installer [-h] [-b] [-f] [-t] [-q] [-n]

Antergos Nvidia Installer v1.12

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  -b, --bumblebee  For Nvidia Optimus cards (Bumblebee + proprietary Nvidia drivers)
  -f, --force      Force driver installation even if a nvidia card is not detected
  -t, --test       Test mode. Nothing in your system will be modified
  -q, --quiet      Supress log messages
  -n, --nouveau    Restores nouveau (open) nvidia driver

Install Nvidia proprietary drivers

sudo pacman -S nvidia-installer

testrun for installation:

nvidia-installer -t  

if it does not putout error run real install:

sudo nvidia-installer

this will install nvidia proprietary drivers and do some configuration inside /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/

sudo systemctl reboot

And you are on nvidia drivers!

If you want KMS (no requirement)

to get maybe want gnome-wayland-session working you need to hack a bit after this...

adding nvidia-drm.modeset=1 to the kernel parameter inside grub:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and put nvidia-drm.modeset=1 inside as you can see here:

# GRUB boot loader configuration



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nvidia-drm.modeset=1 resume=UUID=***** 

save the file [Ctrl+X] and rebuild the grub.cfg:

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

edit mkinitcpio.conf to get the module inside:

sudo nano /etc/mkinitcpio.conf

and edit like this: 

# vim:set ft=sh


# The following modules are loaded before any boot hooks are

# run. Advanced users may wish to specify all system modules

# in this array. For instance:

# MODULES="piix ide_disk reiserfs"


# BINARIES .... 

save the file as above...

rebuild kernel image:

sudo mkinitcpio -p linux

replace linux with linux-lts if you are using lts kernel....

reboot again and you shpuld have early boot enabled...

this will make it possible to run a GNOME session on wayland together with GDM instead of lightdm...

Avoid screen tearing

and i have nvidia-settings installed and run it on login with this to get better video quality:

nvidia-settings --assign CurrentMetaMode="nvidia-auto-select +0+0 { ForceFullCompositionPipeline = On }"

You can add this to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf like this:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Nvidia Card" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" Option "NoLogo" "true" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "nvidia" Option "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0 { ForceFullCompositionPipeline = On }" Option "TripleBuffer" "on" Option "AllowIndirectGLXProtocol" "off" EndSection



is also possible to install with this little helper:

sudo nvidia-installer -b

This will look like this:

nvidia-installer -b
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Antergos Nvidia Installer v1.12
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: All logs will be stored in /tmp/nvidia-installer.log
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Installing bumblebee driver...
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Removing conflicting packages...
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Downloading and installing driver packages, please wait...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Adding user antergos to bumblebee group...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: gpasswd -a antergos bumblebee
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Adding user antergos to video group...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: gpasswd -a antergos video
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Enabling bumblebeed.service service...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: systemctl enable bumblebeed.service
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Patching /usr/share/applications/nvidia-settings.desktop...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf not found. That's ok.
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Installation finished. You need to reboot now!



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