Fedora 16 nVidia Drivers Install Guide (disable nouveau driver) - Comment Page: 9

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. 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF108 [Quadro NVS 4200M] (rev a1)

      I have 3 monitors and want display on 2 of them (assuming the card only supports 2).

      After I install the driver Gnome3 comes up fine on one monitor, and when I run nvidia-settings to configure the second monitor, everything looks great. However, when I save the xorg.conf to a new file and slam it over /etc/X11/xorg.conf, Gnome3 boots up in fallback mode. The following message is in the Xorg log:

      [ 22.002] (II) LoadModule: “glx”
      [ 22.002] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so
      [ 22.002] (II) Module glx: vendor=”X.Org Foundation”
      [ 22.002] compiled for 1.11.4, module version = 1.0.0
      [ 22.002] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0
      [ 22.002] (==) AIGLX enabled
      [ 22.002] (II) Loading extension GLX

      [ 22.014] (**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (–) framebuffer bpp 32
      [ 22.014] (==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
      [ 22.014] (==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
      [ 22.014] (==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
      [ 22.014] (**) NVIDIA(0): Option “TwinView” “1”
      [ 22.014] (**) NVIDIA(0): Option “MetaModes” “CRT: 1680x1050_60 +0+0, DFP-2: 1680x1050_60 +1680+0, DFP-0: NULL”
      [ 22.014] (**) NVIDIA(0): Option “TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder” “CRT-0”
      [ 22.014] (**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling 2D acceleration
      [ 22.014] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the GLX module; please check in your X
      [ 22.014] (EE) NVIDIA(0): log file that the GLX module has been loaded in your X
      [ 22.014] (EE) NVIDIA(0): server, and that the module is the NVIDIA GLX module. If
      [ 22.014] (EE) NVIDIA(0): you continue to encounter problems, Please try
      [ 22.014] (EE) NVIDIA(0): reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.
      [ 23.256] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Display (DELL 2208WFP (CRT-0)) does not support NVIDIA 3D
      [ 23.256] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Vision stereo.
      [ 23.257] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Display (Seiko/Epson (DFP-0)) does not support NVIDIA 3D
      [ 23.257] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Vision stereo.
      [ 23.288] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Display (DELL 2208WFP (DFP-2)) does not support NVIDIA 3D
      [ 23.288] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Vision stereo.

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    2. Hey,

      thanks for the installation guide! It works almost fine. The driver works perfectly but I get an error while booting:

      Failed to start LSB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages [FAILED]
      See ‘systemctl status akmods.service’ for details.

      So:

      $ systemctl status akmods.service
      akmods.service – LSB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages
      Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods)
      Active: failed since Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:02:48 +0200; 37s ago
      Process: 894 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
      CGroup: name=systemd:/system/akmods.service

      If I start akmods manually, it works perfect:

      # /etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start
      Checking kmods exist for 3.3.1-3.fc16.x86_64 [ OK ]

      Does anybody know how to fix this?
      Thank you! :)

      Reply
      • Hi Bob,

        Do you still have same problem?
        Do you have latest updates and Fedora’s original kernel?

        Reply
    3. I got a problem with loading the window myself. I can get the window to startup but after it comes up, just before the login screen, I get an error: “Oh no Something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system can’t recover. Please contact a system adminstrator”.

      In the system log: /var/log/messages, I find the following error: SYSTEM kernel: [ 26.376361] gnome-shell[1427]: segfault at 0 ip (null) sp 00007fffa64649e8 error 14 in gnome-shell[400000+5000]

      I have Fedora 16 with all updates and nvidia gt430.

      Please Help

      Reply
      • Hi Andy,

        Could you post output of following commands:

        
        rpm -qa \*glibc\* gnome-shell selinux\* \*nvidia\* |sort
        
        uname -a
        
        lsmod | grep -e nvidia -e nouveau
        
        grep "gnome-s" /var/log/audit/audit.log
        
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        • akmod-nvidia-295.33-2.fc16.x86_64
          glibc-2.14.90-24.fc16.6.x86_64
          glibc-common-2.14.90-24.fc16.6.x86_64
          glibc-devel-2.14.90-24.fc16.6.x86_64
          glibc-headers-2.14.90-24.fc16.6.x86_64
          gnome-shell-3.2.2.1-1.fc16.x86_64
          kmod-nvidia-3.3.1-3.fc16.x86_64-295.33-2.fc16.3.x86_64
          kmod-nvidia-3.3.1-5.fc16.x86_64-295.33-2.fc16.x86_64
          nvidia-graphics285.05.09-libs-285.05.09-139.fc16.x86_64
          nvidia-settings-1.0-15.fc16.x86_64
          nvidia-xconfig-1.0-13.fc16.x86_64
          selinux-policy-3.10.0-80.fc16.noarch
          selinux-policy-targeted-3.10.0-80.fc16.noarch
          xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-295.33-3.fc16.x86_64
          xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-295.33-3.fc16.x86_64

          system info:

          Linux Wul 3.3.1-5.fc16.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Apr 10 19:56:52 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

          nouveau:
          nvidia 12281762 30
          i2c_core 37991 2 nvidia,i2c_i801

          Nothing comes back from the last command. even with sudo in front of it.

          Reply
          • Do you have some reason why nvidia-graphics285.05.09-libs-285.05.09-139.fc16.x86_64 package is installed?

            Could you also post output of following command:

            
            grep -i nvidia /var/log/Xorg.0.log |grep -i -e glx -e driver
            
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            • I first tried to install that version of Nvidia from an rpm.

              grep -i nvidia /var/log/Xorg.0.log |grep -i -e glx -e drive
              [ 22.799] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia/libglx.so
              [ 23.288] (II) Module glx: vendor=”NVIDIA Corporation”
              [ 23.288] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module 295.33 Sat Mar 17 15:16:17 PDT 2012
              [ 23.294] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so
              [ 23.295] (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver 295.33 Sat Mar 17 14:57:21 PDT 2012
              [ 23.295] (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
              [ 23.298] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so

              Reply
              • Try to remove nvidia-graphics285.05.09-libs-285.05.09-139.fc16.x86_64 package just in case and run yum update. NVIDIA drivers is now updated to 295.40 version. Your problem actually sounds old glibc problem, but it’s fixed long time ago…

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    4. Hi JR,

      I am trying to install nvidia on my desktop, 3.3.1-5.fc16.i686 fedora OS (32 bit).
      After installing nVidia, loging screen comes for a moment and goes back to black screen with a desktop picture by giving a message
      “oh there is something wrong contact your system admin”

      Then I check that the following error while booting:

      Failed to start LSB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages [FAILED]
      See ‘systemctl status akmods.service’ for details.

      So:

      $ systemctl status akmods.service
      akmods.service – LSB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages
      Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods)
      Active: failed since Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:02:48 +0200; 37s ago
      Process: 894 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
      CGroup: name=systemd:/system/akmods.service

      If I start akmods manually, it works perfect:

      # /etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start
      Checking kmods exist for 3.3.1-3.fc16.x86_64 [ OK ]

      Does anybody know how to fix this?

      Here is my system specification.

      $ lspci |grep -i vga

      00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C61 [GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a] (rev a2)

      Reply
      • Hi swapan,

        I actually see this same problem also with akmods.service.

        /etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start – works normally
        systemctl start akmods.service – fails

        Only difference is that the nVidia drivers work normally for me and also gdm and gnome-shell works (this is 64-bit system)…

        Could you try to remove and reinstall whole gnome:

        
        yum groupremove gnome-desktop
        
        yum groupinstall gnome-desktop
        

        Build akdmods:

        
        /etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start
        

        Then reboot. What happens then?

        Reply
        • Hi JR,

          By doing that I am getting same error while booting:

          Failed to start LSB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages [FAILED]
          See ‘systemctl status akmods.service’ for details.

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          • If you ignore this error, is your Gnome working then?

            Reply
    5. Hi, thanks for your time.

      I’ve just installed F16 and tried to install the nvidia drivers with your guide (i followed every step) but it didn’t work, after reboot it shows a message “oh! something went wrong …”

      lspci |grep -i VGA
      00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430] (rev a2)

      rpm -qa *nvidia* *kernel*|sort;uname -r;lsmod |grep -e nvidia -e nouveau;cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf

      abrt-addon-kerneloops-2.0.7-2.fc16.x86_64
      kernel-3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64
      kernel-3.3.2-1.fc16.x86_64
      kernel-devel-3.3.2-1.fc16.x86_64
      kernel-headers-3.3.2-1.fc16.x86_64
      libreport-plugin-kerneloops-2.0.8-4.fc16.x86_64
      3.3.2-1.fc16.x86_64
      nvidia 12319418 26
      i2c_core 37991 2 nvidia,i2c_nforce2
      # RPM Fusion – nvidia-xorg.conf
      #
      Section “Device”
      Identifier “Videocard0”
      Driver “nvidia”
      EndSection

      I’ve also tried adding the “rdblacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0” line in the /etc/default/grub file but nothing happened. Any ideas?

      Thanks in advance.

      Reply
      • Hi Fabián,

        Some reason you are missing akmod-nvidia and/or kmod-nvidia packages? And however you have NVIDIA module loaded…

        Reply
    6. This worked alright for two nVidia gForce 6800 cards on Fedora 16 64bit

      yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs

      was the install option that is fine, don’t forget the rest like generating nvidia-xconfig and rebuilding the initramfs, no PAE needed and no troubleshooting. Thanks. People here might like some links to change their resolution during boot for GRUB GRUB2 and kernel start.

      http://harrison3001.blogspot.ca/2009/09/grub-2-graphical-boot-tips-to-set.html
      http://superuser.com/questions/66428/how-can-i-change-console-shells-resolution-in-ubuntu-9-10
      https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GRUB2#Visual_Configuration

      Ubuntu also lets you do a lot of fun things with the boot loader.
      https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

      Reply
    7. Absolutely brilliant guide.

      Worked like a charm: NVS Quadro 450 – 3 monitors – with FC16.

      Thank you so much.

      Reply
    8. Thanks! This worked like a charm for an nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra.

      Reply
    9. Worked perfect for me thankyou so much !!!

      01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF110 [Geforce GTX 570 HD] (rev a1)
      
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    10. When I type the first command after installing the NVIDIA drivers
      lspci | grep -i VGA

      I see the following output
      02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 1201 (rev a1)

      Can somebody point me to what’s going wrong?

      Reply
      • Hi Praveen,

        Could you post output of following commands (example to http://pastebin.com):

        
        lspci -k
        
        lspci -v
        

        Could you also post more info about your computer? Do you know what nVidia card you should have on your computer?

        Reply
          • I have never seen before just that lspci output, but your output maybe depends on manufacturer ZOTAC. So I guess that nVidia drivers should work normally if your card is GeForce GTX 560…

            So try installation to see what happens, if you get some problems then just revert back to nouveau drivers. :)

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            • So try installation to see what happens?

              Does that mean I should install it from the nVidia website?

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              • I have already gone through the installation steps. The problem is my monitor has a 1024×768 resolution. I want a higher resolution, but since the 560 drivers are not getting installed, it is pretty painful to look at the screen :-(

                Reply
                • Oh, now I understood, I thought that you consider that the should you install drivers or not. :)

                  Please boot with installed nVidia driver and post output of following commands:

                  
                  glxinfo |grep -i -e render -e opengl
                   
                  lsmod |grep -e nouv -e nvidia
                  
                  rpm -qa \*nvidia\* kernel\* |sort
                  
                  uname -a
                  
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                  • The thing is I have installed the drivers and this is booting after the drivers have been supposedly installed. Is there something wrong that I am doing?

                    Reply
                  • glxinfo |grep -i -e render -e opengl

                    Output

                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.

                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Error: couldn’t find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.
                    Xlib: extension “GLX” missing on display “:0.0”.

                    lsmod |grep -e nouv -e nvidia
                    nouveau 580599 0
                    ttm 55029 1 nouveau
                    drm_kms_helper 26490 1 nouveau
                    drm 194532 3 nouveau,ttm,drm_kms_helper
                    i2c_algo_bit 4958 1 nouveau
                    i2c_core 25728 5 i2c_i801,nouveau,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit
                    mxm_wmi 1727 1 nouveau
                    video 12388 1 nouveau

                    rpm -qa \*nvidia\* kernel\* | sort
                    kernel-3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64
                    kernel-3.3.2-6.fc16.x86_64
                    kmod-nvidia-295.40-2.fc16.2.x86_64
                    kmod-nvidia-3.3.2-6.fc16.x86_64-295.40-2.fc16.2.x86_64
                    nvidia-settings-1.0-16.fc16.x86_64
                    nvidia-xconfig-1.0-14.fc16.x86_64
                    xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-295.40-1.fc16.x86_64
                    xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-295.40-1.fc16.x86_64

                    uname -a
                    Linux praveen-fedora 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Nov 1 21:10:48 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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    11. I went back and reverted my drivers to nouveau and magically, my monitor displays high res data. Any idea what could have gone wrong?

      Reply
      • Hi again Praveen,

        Your problem with nVidia drivers looks simple. You was running kernel version 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64 and you had only kmod-nvidia for kernel 3.3.2-6.fc16.x86_64 installed. So that’s why it was not working.

        You could use akmod-nvidia or boot with lastest kernel version 3.3.2-6.fc16.x86_64.

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        • oh ok..Got it. But I guess for the time being I’ll stick on to the nouveau drivers. Will install the Nvidia drivers when I get the time.

          In any case, thanks so much for the help.

          Reply
    12. Muito bom seu sitio sobre instalação de placas NVIDEA. Eu, pessoalmente esta quebrando muita a cabeça em instalar esse budega, rsss

      Grato pela sua atenção! T+

      Reply
    13. Thanks to you, I now have my dual monitor system based on a Club 3D nVidia GeForce 9500GT board and a nVidia NV4 Riva TNT board, running on Fedora 16.
      On first installing Fedora 16, one of the screens displayed X, but the interface froze at irregular, but short intervals. I faithfully followed your instructions f
      or installing the nvidia drivers on Fedora 16, including the additions to grub2/grub.conf. On reboot to runlevel 3, the nouveau driver was not loaded (great
      news!), but executing “startx” was unsuccessful. I inspected the Xorg.0.log and noticed 2 things:-
      First, depressingly, the error message “The NVIDIA RIVA TNT GPU installed in this system is supported through the NVIDIA 71.86.xx Legacy drivers. Please vis
      it……….”, which I assumed wrongly meant that the installation of the nvidia drivers had failed.
      Secondly, I noticed that an xorg.conf had been found, which referred to a “videocard”, when there was no such file before I carried out your instructions.
      This xorg.conf identified itself as coming from rpmfusion and was particularly short. I replaced this with an xorg.conf referencing the nvidia drivers that I had constructed for my set up, ran startx again, and wonder of wonders (and great joy!) I had a dual monitor system up and running: the error message in the log file was a red-herring.

      Anyway, thank you for the very clear instructions!

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    14. Hi!

      I have a big problem: I just followed your steps one by one, and now my system won’t boot anymore…

      Just like in that one other comment that I saw, I now have a blue loading bar at the bottom of the screen, but after it finished, my monitor says “no signal” and nothing happens anymore.

      Do you have any suggestions?

      Thanks in advance!

      Stefan

      Reply
      • I just managed to reverse all steps and I’m now at the point where I started. At least it boots again. Do you have an idea why it didn’t work?

        Greets,
        Stefan

        Reply
        • Hi Stefan,

          Could you tell more specific about your system and your nVidia card?

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          • Oh sorry, I forgot that…
            The mainboard is a Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G with a Core 2 Duo CPU and 1 GB of ram. The nVidia card is a Geforce 7900 GT with 512 GB ram. And I’m using an old IDE hard drive, if that matters someout.^^

            Reply
            • Hi again Stefan,

              Did you used akmod or kmod?

              I have heard some problems about akmods…some reason:
              /etc/rc.d/init.d/akmods start – command works normally, but
              systemctl start akmods.service – fails

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              • I actually tried both of them. First akmod, then I reversed the steps so that the system was working again, and then I tried kmod. I also edited the Grub-Config both times.

                Before we continue: The purpose of the driver installation was to see if there’s any improvement on 1080p video playback. On windows, there are no problems at all, but on both Ubuntu and Fedora, it was laggy most of the time. Do you think there would be any improvement at all with a new driver? If the bottleneck is somewhere else, we don’t really need to solve this problem because I’ll stay on Windows. The computer is only used for movie playback on my TV and for sharing the printer on the network anyways.

                Thanks for your help.
                Stefan

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                • Okay, thanks Stefan now I understand why you are installing nVidia drivers. :)

                  Did you run Ubuntu with nVidia or nouveau drivers?

                  Reply
    15. I used the nVida driver directly downloaded off their site, and used the instructions here to disable the Nouveau driver.

      Worked great, less work than the method listed here, and I can be sure I have the latest driver from nVida rather than wait for the repository folks to put out the driver at a later date.

      Reply
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