Fedora 19 nVidia Drivers Install / Uninstall Guide

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This is guide, howto install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” and disable Nouveau driver. This guide works with GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300/400/500/600/700 series cards. Older GeForce series cards works with 304.xx nVidia drivers and newer 8/9/200/300/400/500/600/700 series cards works with 331.xx nVidia drivers.

Fedora 19 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.

1. Before nVidia drivers installation

1.1 Check is your nVidia card supported

List of Supported NVIDIA GPU Products, if your card found before 304.xx section, then use 331.xx drivers and if under 304.xx section, then use 304.xx drivers.

1.2 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 / NVIDIA Optimus off in the BIOS then this guide is not working on your system. Check If !1 0 forums user Viger guide instead Fedora 19 for NVIDIA Optimus users (with Nvidia driver or Bumblebee).

2. Install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” and disable the nouveau driver

2.1 Change root user

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

If not then update kernel and reboot

2.3 Add RPMFusion Repositories (Free and Non-Free)

32-bit and 64-bit

2.4 Install nVidia proprietary drivers for GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300/400/500/600/700 series cards

Select akmod, kmod from following.

akmod-nvidia for GeForce 8/9/200/300/400/500/600/700 series cards

akmod-nvidia-304xx for GeForce 6/7 series cards

Extra package for kernel-PAE users


kmod-nvidia for GeForce 8/9/200/300/400/500/600/700 series cards

kmod-nvidia-304xx for GeForce 6/7 series cards

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.

2.5 Remove / disable nouveau drivers from kernel initramfs

2.6 All is done and then just reboot

2.7 VDPAU/VAAPI support

To enable video acceleration support for your player (Note: you need Geforce 8 or later).

3. Uninstall nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” and enable the nouveau driver

I assume that you installed nVidia driver with this guide, then do following.

3.1 Change root user

3.2 Uninstall nVidia Driver Packages

3.3 Then Reboot System

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  1. Hello JR,

    Output of the lspci command:

    [frank@localhost ~]$ lspci |grep -i VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

    Part of the output lspci -k:

    04:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK208M [GeForce GT 730M] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. GeForce GT 730M
    Kernel modules: nouveau

  2. This howto dont work for me never, sorry

    • Hi Isaac,

      I’m sorry to hear that this hasn’t worked for you.

      Could you tell a bit more about the problem and your nVidia card?

  3. Works perfect on Fedora 21, thanks saved me after StartX failed after upgrade from F20 to F21 :-)

  4. Didn’t work for me. System is unrecoverable.

    Fedora 21
    Geforce 8800GTS
    MSI P55-GD85


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