Fedora 17 nVidia Drivers Install Guide (disable nouveau driver)

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This is guide, howto install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 17 “Beefy Miracle” and disable Nouveau driver. This guide works with GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300 series cards.

Fedora 17 nVidia driver installation is not much different from previous Fedora versions. I have tested this guide with a couple computers, so let me know, if you have some problems.

Before nVidia drivers installation

Check is your nVidia card supported

List of Supported NVIDIA GPU Products, your card should found before 173.14.xx driver section.

NVIDIA Optimus Technology

If your lspci |grep -i VGA output looks like following:

Or you know that your computer have NVIDIA Optimus Technology, and it is impossible to turn Intel Graphics / NVDIDIA Optimus off in the BIOS then this guide is not working on your system. Check If !1 0 forums user Viger guide instead Fedora 17 for NVIDIA Optimus users (with Bumblebee 3.0 rpm).

Install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 17 “BeefyMiracle” and disable the nouveau driver

1. Change root user

2. Make sure that you are running latest kernel and have latest SELinux policy packages

If not then update kernel and reboot

3. Add RPMFusion Repositories (Free and Non-Free)

32-bit and 64-bit

4. Install nVidia proprietary drivers for GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300/400/500 series cards

Select akmod, kmod or kmod-PAE from following.

akmod-nvidia

Extra package for kernel-PAE users

or

kmod-nvidia

or

kmod-nvidia-PAE and kernel-PAE-devel

akmod is good option and easy way avoid problems on kernel updates and is best and only option if you use:

  • self-compiled kernel
  • older Fedora kernel
  • quickly changing kernels from updates-testing/rawhide

Full spec of kmod and akmod differences, check this.

5. Remove / disable nouveau drivers from kernel initramfs

6. All is done and then just reboot

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  1. Great sharing. However, I still have difficulties in making Xorg.conf that works with NVidia on Fedora 18 (using nvidia-xconfig resulting freeze during boot up).
    My computer is Acer Travelmate 8481TG, Optimus Tech using Intel + Nvidia 520M.
    Thanks.

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  2. Here my experiences, in the hope that it may help others:

    ‘yum install kmod-nvidia’ does not always detect the correct NVIDIA driver. It installs kmod-nvidia-3.7.9-101.fc17.i686.PAE-304.64-6.fc17.i686 instead of kmod-nvidia-173xx-3.7.9-101.fc17.i686.PAE-173.14 .36-4. fc17.3.i686 for my “Quadro FX 1300″ graphics card!
    This results in a black screen at startup (before the login screen appears).
    I found these error messages in /var/log/Xorg.5.log:

    and here the kernel error messages (a piece of the dmesg output):

    The workaround:

    and this installs (from /var/log/yum.log):

    Remark: 3.7.9-101.fc17.i686.PAE may differ, it’s the kernel release (uname -r).

    And something very important, even though it has already been reported in this guide:
    check that the acpid daemon works! Otherwise you’ll have a lot of performance problems with old graphics cards.

    I’m very happy that finally the native NVIDIA driver works and this guide was helpfull anyway.

    Greetings.

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    • Hi,

      I have the same error messages in Xorg.5.log for my 8300GS so it no longer boots – how did you find out that it was picking up the wrong drivers and how did you know which was the correct one?

      Thanks,
      RCB

      Reply
  3. I run Fedora 17 on a PC with a GeForce 9800 GT
    lspci |grep -i VGA
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G92 [GeForce 9800 GT] (rev a2)

    I run a yum update yesterday and it removed the nvidia driver installing the legacy one
    Jul 12 23:32:34 Installed: kernel-3.9.8-100.fc17.i686
    Jul 12 23:32:38 Installed: kmod-nvidia-304xx-3.9.8-100.fc17.i686-304.88-1.fc17.5.i686
    Jul 12 23:32:39 Installed: kmod-nvidia-304xx-304.88-1.fc17.5.i686
    Jul 12 23:32:45 Installed: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-304xx-libs-304.88-8.fc17.i686
    Jul 12 23:32:51 Installed: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-304xx-304.88-8.fc17.i686
    Jul 12 23:33:05 Erased: 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-304.88-2.fc17.i686
    Jul 12 23:33:06 Erased: 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-304.88-2.fc17.i686
    Jul 12 23:33:29 Erased: 1:kmod-nvidia-304.88-1.fc17.7.i686

    Now gnome shell does not work and glxinfo answers:
    name of display: :0.0
    X Error of failed request: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)
    Major opcode of failed request: 137 (NV-GLX)
    Minor opcode of failed request: 4 ()
    Resource id in failed request: 0x3400003
    Serial number of failed request: 33
    Current serial number in output stream: 33

    Could you help me?

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  4. successfully installed in my system… thank you

    Reply
  5. Works perfectly on Fedora 20 w GeForce 9500. Thanks

    Reply

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