Fedora 20 nVidia Drivers Install / Uninstall / Restore Plymouth

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This is guide, howto install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 20 “Heisenbug” 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 20 nVidia driver installation is not much different from previous Fedora versions. This guide is divided in three sections Install, Restore Plymouth, Uninstall I have tested this guide with a couple computers, so let me know, if you have some problems and if you succeed, you could post output of following commands:

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). Maybe we get soon also Fedora 20 guide. :)

2. Install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 20 “Heisenbug” 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. Restore Plymouth after nVidia drivers installation

Note: these commands may vary if you use EFI/UEFI. So change commands accordingly.

3.1 First check which GRUB_GFXMODEs are supported

Use Grub2 shell, (press ā€˜cā€™ on Grub2), then run following commands and “pick” suitable GRUB_GFXMODE.

3.2 Modify /etc/default/grub

Add / Modify following lines on /etc/default/grub, use your own GRUB_GFXMODE.

Remember check also that you have /boot/grub2/fonts/unicode.pf2 file, if not then you can generate some Grub2 font using grub2-mkfont command, like:

3.3 Backup and Regenerate your grub.cfg

3.4 Check available Plymouth themes

3.5 Install Plymouth and some Plymouth theme, example spinfinity

3.6 Setup spinfinity as default theme

3.7 Update initrd

3.8 Reboot and check, is it working as it should be

4. Uninstall nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 20 “Heisenbug” and enable the nouveau driver

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

4.1 Change root user

4.2 Uninstall nVidia Driver Packages

4.3 Remove / disable nVidia drivers from kernel initramfs

4.4 Then Reboot System

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  1. Thanks! This tip also works for F22.

    I had videos problem after upgrading Fedora 22. I could switch back to Nouveau driver following the instruction and the system works fine now.


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