Haiku unified Nvidia graphics driver


You use this software at your own risk! Although I don't expect it to damage your PC, videocard or Monitor, I cannot guarantee this!

OK, now that's said let's get to it ;-)

In contrary to what I have said before you don't need to de-install official Be drivers for this driver to work correctly. This driver will install in the user part of the BeOS, so not in the system part where the official drivers are.
BeOS first checks (during boot) if there are 'user-addons' that should be loaded for a device. If not, it loads it's own drivers (if any). You can select which driver should be loaded by hitting the spacebar as soon as the BeOS 'icons' screen appears. If you select disable user addons the system will load it's own drivers. If you don't do anything, the system will load the (open)BeOS nVidia TNT/GeForce graphics driver.

Note: This might turn out to be handy if you run into trouble upon testing the driver, or if you are 'tweaking' the nv.settings file...


Doubleclick on the install.sh file and follow the instructions. You have to reboot in order to load the driver. Make sure you read the Settings information below before you do that...

alternate INSTALLATION method:

Unzip the zip file that contains the driver to the root folder. Now reboot and you should be using the new driver.


Currently there's no uninstall script included. Just do it manually:

Delete the nv.accelerant file in home/config/add-ons/accelerants/
Delete the nv.driver file in home/config/add-ons/kernel/drivers/bin/
Delete the nv.settings file in home/config/settings/kernel/drivers/
Delete the nv.driver shortcut in home/config/add-ons/kernel/drivers/dev/graphics/ which pointed to the file nv.driver.

You have to reboot in order to apply the original configuration.


Due to the package system Haiku has these days you have to place the files in the folders mentioned below if you work outside of that package management (so: max-manual):

For the nvidia.accelerant file in home/config/non-packaged/add-ons/accelerants/
For the nvidia.driver file in home/config/non-packaged/add-ons/kernel/drivers/bin/
For the nvidia.settings file in home/config/settings/kernel/drivers/
For the nvidia.driver shortcut in home/config/non-packaged/add-ons/kernel/drivers/dev/graphics/ pointing to the file nvidia.driver.

You have to reboot in order to apply the original configuration.


Please read this information carefully *before* installing and using the Haiku unified Nvidia graphics driver. It might spare you some trouble afterwards..

The driver uses a file named nvidia.settings to determine how to use your card. After installation this file will be located at home/config/settings/kernel/drivers/. How you should setup this file depends on what you want to do with the driver. While it has a 'failsave' default configuration, you might be able to do better than that... Anyway, read the nifty details below.

Note: The driver only reads this file during it's initialisation. This means that you have to reboot in order to let changes take effect.

nvidia.settings driver configuration (on 0.80 and older driver versions this file was called nv.settings!):


(Page last updated on May 3, 2016)