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Looking Fedora 22/21 nVidia Drivers Install Guide? [inttf_post_ad1] This is guide, howto install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 16 and disable Nouveau driver. This guide works with GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300 series cards. Fedora 16 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 lspci |grep -i VGA ## Example output ## 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT215 [GeForce GT 240] (rev a2) List of Supported NVIDIA GPU Products, your card should...

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    1. i cant install the legacy nvidia driver i.e. FX drivers (173.xx) in fedora 16.. the non-free repo does n’t contain the 173.xx nvidia driver…can u say any other way of installing the 173.xx drivers directly from nvidia website?

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      • Hi Prabu,

        Nice note! I updated this guide, because installation is not currently possible with legacy nVidia driver. One possible way is try to use RPMFusion Fedora 15 akmod package or then install nVidia driver directly from nVidia’s website.

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        • Thanks for the reply..
          Are you sure it will work without any crashes if i use fedora 15 repo..
          Because i installed the driver for opensuse 12.1 from opensuse 11.4 repo..since they hadn’t created a repo for properitary drivers for the 12.1 versions. It didn’t work as there is a differnce in kernel versions.

          Don’t u think there would kernel conflicts with fedora 16 as happened with opensuse

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          • Hi Prabu,

            Sorry, but I’m not sure, because I don’t have any GeForce FX cards to test it. It might cause some problems, but I think it’s only way to try install nVidia legacy drivers on Fedora 16, if you don’t want to use original drivers from nVidia site. :/

            I’m not actually sure why nVidia 173.xx drivers are not included RPMFusion’s Fedora 16 repo.

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            • Because they contain proprietary “blobs” of executable files in the form of the device drivers themselves. Giving out that source code would disclose proprietary implementations of optimized OpenGL.

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              • Hi msar,

                I don’t see your point?

                nVidia 173.xx proprietary drivers has been long time on RPMFusion repo before Fedora 16 release and now you can found nVidia latest 290.10 proprietary drivers from Fedora 16 RPMFusion repo…

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    2. Hey JR,

      Will these install instructions work with a Quadro NVS 285? An older card, yes. I saw in your Fedora 15 install guide that you responded positively to other Quadro users with the same question, but didn’t know if there would be a difference…

      Thanks!

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    3. Hi, thank you very much for this. Getting tired of the Ubuntu interface I decided to move over to Fedora; these are the only instructions that have worked for me. Thanks again!

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    4. Didn’t worked for me ;/
      stay on boot screen
      there’s something that i can do to recover this without reinstall?
      Maybe something with grub.conf
      =/

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      • Hi matheus,

        Do you mean it stays just on grub screen? Or could you boot your system?

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          • You could try to boot run level 3 with grub?

            Or you could use your backup nouveua image with changing your initramfs-initramfs-3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64.img to initramfs-initramfs-3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64-nouveau.img and boot.

            Please let me know if you can’t get this working?

            Then when you get your system booted you can remove akmod driver and try kmod instead. Bender had same problem, but get NVIDIA drivers working with kmod.

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            • I could not make it work, I’ll reinstall and try again but I think this freaking Nouveau should be optional. I always have problems with it, my nvidia (GTS 250) cooler loses control.
              ;/

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              • Hi again Matheus,

                Could you boot your system now runlevel 5 with nVidia driver? And could you change to another virtual terminal, with ALT+F2, ALT+F3 etc.?

                If yes then please run following commands and post output here:

                
                lsmod |grep nouveau
                
                lsmod |grep nvidia
                
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                • Yes, i could chance ALT+F2, ALT+F3 etc. But at this moment i’m gonna start all over the process, anyway thank u for your help, thats what Linux need, good support!

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                  • Sometimes it’s good take fresh start. And thank you very much for compliments! This is my hobby try to help Linux users. Sometimes it’s very hard, because I can’t see situation, but I have used Linux systems over 11 years so I have seen many strange situations with my own systems and I have heard all kind stuff. ;)

                    Please let us know did you get nVidia proprietary drivers working and how? :) And if you need some help, please let me know!

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                    • Fresh install work with kmod-nvidia :D

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                      • Awesome! :D

    5. The selinux stuff isn’t needed any more, apparently. If you look at the tickets opened on the driver, you’ll see it was excluded a couple minor rpm versions ago. I just used your instructions without doing the selinux stuff and it’s working great. Just FYI. And thank you so much for putting this out there!

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      • Thanks Mark,

        Yes it’s working now (with latest selinux-policy and selinux-policy-targeted update) without any extra selinux stuff. Removed that part from guide.

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    6. Matheus, I have the same problem, only it is crashing at ramdisk. I’m going to try the proprietary nvidia driver and see how it works out..

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    7. After reinstalling the OS, I was able to get it to work with kmod. Just use that instead of akmod.

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    8. Hi,

      The NVIDIA proprietary drivers do not work properly with glibc-2.14.90-14.i686 that comes with Fedora 16. I experience considerable latency in the GUI.

      Does any one else face the same issue?

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    9. Hi JR,

      I tried installing the nvidia 173.xx driver from the nvidia website.. i got the kernel conflict issue that some people had a few months ago..

      ” Starte SYSV: late init initscript for live image”

      This forced me to remove the proprietary nvidia drivers and use only nouveau..I think this is the end of 5 FX series nvidia cards with gnome 3.2
      i don’t get the acceleration properly with those open source drivers. I have used almost all gnome 3.2 distros with the proprietary driver. Nothing seems to be working.

      I would say that ” GNOME 3 TEAM COULD OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THE GRAPHICS REQUIREMENT FOR GNOME SHELL TO BE FROM Geforce 6 CARDS”. THEY SIMPLY BOASTS SAYING THAT USING nouveau WOULD IMPROVE THE GRAPHICS. BUT THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE WITH Older cards.”

      I officially announce that “Minimum nvidia card requirement for gnome 3 is geforce 6”. and i heard from the nvidia forum that they wont be developing the legacy drivers for gnome 3 to work with 173.xx drivers.

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      • Hi Prabu,

        Thanks for testing this and thank you very much this information.

        Yes you are right this looks like end of FX series cards with Gnome 3.2. It’s sad, but true. :(

        Of course there is good alternatives for Fedora 16, like CentOS 6, which has old Gnome 2 and should works several years with GeForce FX cards… :)

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      • I was able to resolve the issue at this point by editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf and changing ‘vesa’ to ‘nvidia’.

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    10. Didnt work for me. I am using Dell Latitude D620. lspci shows 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G72M [Quadro NVS 110M/GeForce Go 7300] (rev a1)

      The computer freezes at GDM screen. Everything looks ok. My mouse works but I cant click anything. I can go to the command line mode by pressing Alt+F2 but cannot come back.

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    11. Hi jawad,

      Your card Quadro NVS 110M/GeForce Go 7300 should be supported.

      Please check your selinux-policy and selinux-policy-targeted versions, with following command:

      
      rpm -qa selinux-policy selinux-policy-targeted
      

      Which versions you have installed?

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      • selinux-policy-targeted-3.10.0-55.fc16.noarch
        selinux-policy-3.10.0-55.fc16.noarch

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        • Could you check (or even post) following log files:
          /var/log/messages
          /var/log/audit/audit.log
          ~/.xsession-errors

          Could you find anything suspicious?

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          • .xsession-errors
            —————————-
            GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ
            GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ
            SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ/ssh
            GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ
            SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ/ssh
            GPG_AGENT_INFO=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ/gpg:0:1
            GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ
            SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ/ssh
            GPG_AGENT_INFO=/tmp/keyring-VsXOwJ/gpg:0:1
            Window manager warning: 0 stored in GConf key /desktop/gnome/peripherals/mouse/cursor_size is out of range 1 to 128
            Initializing tracker-store…
            Tracker-Message: Setting up monitor for changes to config file:’/home/ahmad/.config/tracker/tracker-store.cfg’
            ** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
            Initializing tracker-miner-fs…
            Tracker-Message: Setting up monitor for changes to config file:’/home/ahmad/.config/tracker/tracker-miner-fs.cfg’
            Failed to play sound: File or data not found
            JS LOG: GNOME Shell started at Fri Nov 11 2011 22:56:00 GMT+0500 (PKT)
            Window manager warning: CurrentTime used to choose focus window; focus window may not be correct.
            Window manager warning: Got a request to focus the no_focus_window with a timestamp of 0. This shouldn’t happen!
            ** Message: applet now embedded in the notification area
            Tracker-Message: Setting up monitor for changes to config file:’/home/ahmad/.config/tracker/tracker-store.cfg’
            Starting log:
            File:’/home/ahmad/.local/share/tracker/tracker-miner-fs.log’
            Starting log:
            File:’/home/ahmad/.local/share/tracker/tracker-store.log’
            (null) get context on /home/ahmad/.config/monitors.xml.A23N4V failed: ‘No such file or directory’
            (null) get context on /home/ahmad/.config/monitors.xml.UY3N4V failed: ‘No such file or directory’
            Window manager warning: Log level 8: meta_window_move_resize: assertion `!window->override_redirect’ failed
            Window manager warning: Log level 8: meta_window_move_resize: assertion `!window->override_redirect’ failed
            ** (deja-dup-monitor:1659): DEBUG: monitor.vala:221: Automatic backups disabled. Not scheduling a backup.
            ——————————————–

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            • suspicious entries in audit.log
              ———————————
              type=ADD_USER msg=audit(1321002105.853:71): user pid=2201 uid=0 auid=1000 ses=2 subj=unconfined_u:system_r:useradd_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=adding user acct=”gdm” exe=”/usr/sbin/useradd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              type=ADD_USER msg=audit(1321002105.853:72): user pid=2201 uid=0 auid=1000 ses=2 subj=unconfined_u:system_r:useradd_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=adding user acct=”gdm” exe=”/usr/sbin/useradd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              type=SERVICE_STOP msg=audit(1321005939.067:101): user pid=1 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:init_t:s0 msg=’: comm=”abrtd” exe=”/bin/systemd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              type=USER_AUTH msg=audit(1321006109.350:57): user pid=1346 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:xdm_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=PAM:authentication acct=”ahmad” exe=”/usr/libexec/gdm-session-worker” hostname=? addr=? terminal=:0 res=failed’
              type=USER_LOGIN msg=audit(1321006109.350:58): user pid=1346 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:xdm_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’uid=1000: exe=”/usr/libexec/gdm-session-worker” hostname=? addr=? terminal=/dev/tty1 res=failed’
              type=USER_AUTH msg=audit(1321006217.078:58): user pid=1417 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:local_login_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=PAM:authentication acct=”root” exe=”/bin/login” hostname=? addr=? terminal=tty2 res=failed’
              type=USER_LOGIN msg=audit(1321006217.079:59): user pid=1417 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:local_login_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=login id=0 exe=”/bin/login” hostname=? addr=? terminal=tty2 res=failed’
              type=SERVICE_START msg=audit(1321021563.422:174): user pid=1 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:init_t:s0 msg=’: comm=”abrtd” exe=”/bin/systemd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              type=SERVICE_START msg=audit(1321023436.379:19): user pid=1 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:init_t:s0 msg=’: comm=”akmods” exe=”/bin/systemd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              type=USER_AUTH msg=audit(1321023463.780:49): user pid=1350 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:local_login_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=PAM:authentication acct=”root” exe=”/bin/login” hostname=? addr=? terminal=tty2 res=failed’
              type=USER_LOGIN msg=audit(1321023463.781:50): user pid=1350 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:local_login_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg=’op=login id=0 exe=”/bin/login” hostname=? addr=? terminal=tty2 res=failed’
              type=SERVICE_START msg=audit(1321024513.506:19): user pid=1 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:init_t:s0 msg=’: comm=”akmods” exe=”/bin/systemd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              type=SERVICE_START msg=audit(1321034125.008:17): user pid=1 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 subj=system_u:system_r:init_t:s0 msg=’: comm=”akmods” exe=”/bin/systemd” hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed’
              ————————————–

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              • Btw. Was your system working normally with nouveau before nVidia driver install?

                Could you try to change SELinux permissive mode?

                Modify /etc/selinux/config file following line:

                
                ## change ##
                SELINUX=enforcing
                ## to ##
                SELINUX=permissive
                

                And then reboot.

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    12. After following this guide I was able to successfully install the nvidia drivers but I seem to have lost my plymouth boot screen. Does anyone know how to repair this issue? Also, I have noticed Fedora 16 displays grub messages during the boot process unlike my previous 15 install, any suggestions to help hide these messages?

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      • Hi Ray,

        Try following (as root):

        1. Install plymouth and some theme (example spinfinity):

        
        yum install plymouth-theme-spinfinity
        

        2. Setup spinfinity as default theme:

        
        plymouth-set-default-theme spinfinity
        

        3. Update initrd

        
        /usr/libexec/plymouth/plymouth-update-initrd
        

        What grub messages do you mean? Something like following?

        Loading Fedora (3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64)
        Loading initial ramdisk ...
        
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    13. Hi JR,

      I’m having some trouble setting this up… I’ve just built my new pc (Z86 chipset, Core i5 2500k and Nvidia GTX 550 TI) and would love to switch to Fedora, so tired of Ubuntu.

      I’ve tried a fresh install with akmod and a fresh install with kmod but I can’t get it to boot into Gnome 3 with the correct drivers. The nouveau drivers worked though, at least they gave me a basic desktop (low res).

      After the tutorial it boots up until Gnome is about to be loaded and then stops, it doesn’t freeze because I’m able to use ALT-F2 or ALT-F3 to load different terminals sessions. It just sits there doing nothing…

      I hope you can help me with this one :)

      Thanks a bunch!

      Best regards,
      Martijn.

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      • Hi Martijn,

        Excellent description of your problem! Much easier to start…thanks! :)

        First change to another virtual terminal with ALT-F2 and check output (and post here) following commands:

        
        lsmod |grep nvidia
        lsmod |grep nouveau
        
        
        rpm -qa selinux-policy selinux-policy-targeted
        
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        • Hi JR,

          I’ve worked in IT support, always hated it when people said “it doesn’t work”. You’ll learn to describe problems then ;)

          The lsmod command didn’t give any feedback to my surprise!

          The rpm command returned this:

          selinux-policy-3.10.0-55.fc16.noarch
          selinux-policy-targeted-3.10.0-55.fc16.noarch

          Thanks.
          Regards,

          Martijn.

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          • Hi Martijn,

            Now I understand why described your problem so nicely… ;)

            So your problem is not SELinux.

            It’s strange if either lsmod commands give any feedback. Try to change to another console again and write:

            
            modprobe nvidia
            

            Do you get some error?

            If not then try following:

            
            killall Xorg
            
            ## and then ##
            startx
            

            Do you get any errors?

            You could also check Xorg.0.log errors with following command:

            
            grep "EE" /var/log/Xorg.0.log
            
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            • Hi JR,

              return of modprobe nvidia:
              FATAL: Module nvidia not found

              So that’s quite clear, the kernel module wasn’t built I guess…

              The X11 log showed this:

              NVIDIA: Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module. Please check your system’s kernel log for additional error messages.
              Failed to load module “nvidia” (module-specific error,0)
              No drivers available.

              Something comes to mind, I’ve updated the kernel (it’s 3.1.1.something now) as the tutorial says. I did the kernel upgrage behore I installed the drivers!

              It looks like the Nvidia drivers aren’t available to the kernel…

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              • I’ve discovered something else, I tried the other entry in the grub menu (older kernel) and voila… a full nvidia powered Gnome environment…

                Guess I installed it for the wrong kernel? :(

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                • First of all it’s nice to hear that you get nVidia drivers working! :D

                  Then a little explanation of your situation…

                  So you are using kmod-nvidia and it’s ok option, but biggest problem is that the nVidia drivers build come always later than the kernel update, so you have to wait (normally few hours or sometimes days) latest kmod-nvidia before kernel update. With akmod-nvidia this is not issue, because kernel modules are build on boot.

                  You could easily check your installed kernel versions and kmod-nvidia versions with following commands:

                  
                  rpm -qa kmod-nvidia
                  rpm -qa kernel
                  

                  So you have now option use old kernel until new kmod-nvidia is built or try to use akmod-nvidia (some users have reported issues with akmods, but example for me it’s working smoothly)… :)

                  Do you get the idea? :D

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    14. Hey man, I tried your instructions, and it installed successfully. But the system’s become too slow now. It just reacts very slowly. Could you help me? Thanks!

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      • Hi Khushman,

        Could you tell your computer specs and your graphics card model?

        Reply
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