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Setting nvidia-settings To Run at Startup

Presumably you're here because you've noticed that when you adjust brightness or sharpness or "Digital Vibrance" with nvidia-settings, your adjustments go away the next time you log in. You can always run nvidia-settings and that will re-apply your settings, but who wants to go to that much trouble?

screenshot of nvidia-settings

The goal is to have the nvidia-settings adjustments applied automatically on login, without having the actual application window come up.

Here's what I did:

  1. Go to ~/.kde/Autostart
  2. Create a new text file named nvidia-startup
  3. Paste this into the text file: #!/usr/bin/env bash
    /usr/bin/nvidia-settings --load-config-only
    ... making sure that there's a new line after the code
  4. Make the file executable (right-click file, Permissions, check box, OK)

That's it! Restart the computer and watch it work.

Note that this will affect only KDE; if you log into Gnome for instance, this file won't make a difference.

In looking for a solution to this problem, I found other methods that involved modifying ~/.xinitrc or creating the file if it doesn't exist, but for whatever reason I tried it this way and it seems the simplest, since KDE is all I use.

Did this work for you? I'd love to hear one way or the other. Email me.

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