[root tip] [How To] Nvidia Settings on Manjaro

Warning: As of October 2020, the NVIDIA driver does not support the Linux kernel 5.9. [1] - NVIDIA - ArchWiki

No need to run as root.

This tip feels kind of obsolete - but anyway…

When you run nvidia-settings to create your X configuration - no need to use root.

Just run the application using the menu launcher.

When you have adjusted your settings select the Save to X Configuration File from the tab X Server Display Configuration and when prompted for a file name - use your home e.g.


Depending on your use case you will either copy the file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf or you may want to replace the mhwd generated file in /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf e.g.

$ sudo cp nvidia-xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf

A symlink probably works best if you need a duplicate outside of home.
In any case … this reminds me the wiki still pushes sudo for some reason…

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Anyway you could add screenshots to your instructions? I can’t find any “save to X configuration file” option :grimacing:

It is on the second card “X Server Display Configuration”

I don’t have that card on my nvidia settings window! :confused:

There is only one place where you save the settings to be applied system wide

In the left pane of the Nvidia settings window

In the corresponding right pane you have

In the botton of the left pane there is nvidia-settings Configuration and the corresponding right pane is also a save settings - but this one is creating a rc file which you can load per user base using the -l, --load-config-only option

$ nvidia-settings --help
  -l, --load-config-only
      Load the configuration file, send the values specified therein to the X s
      erver, and exit.  This mode of operation is useful to place in your xinit
      rc file, for example.