This is guide, howto install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 18 “Spherical Cow” and disable Nouveau driver. This guide works with GeForce 8/9/200/300/400/500 series cards (and currently also with GeForce 6/7). Later you might need different version of nVidia drivers if you use GeForce 6/7 card.
Fedora 18 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
lspci |grep -i VGA ## Example output ## 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT218 [GeForce G210] (rev a2)
List of Supported NVIDIA GPU Products, your card should found before 173.14.xx driver section. I upgrade this guide later when drivers are updated 313.xx version.
1.2 NVIDIA Optimus Technology
If your lspci |grep -i VGA output looks like following:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2n Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF106 [GeForce GT 555M SDDR3] (rev a1)
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 18 for NVIDIA Optimus users (with Bumblebee/Primus rpm).
2. Install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 18 “Spherical Cow” and disable the nouveau driver
2.1 Change root user
su - ## OR ## sudo -i
2.2 Make sure that you are running latest kernel and have latest SELinux policy packages
If not then update kernel and reboot
yum update kernel* selinux-policy* reboot
2.3 Add RPMFusion Repositories (Free and Non-Free)
32-bit and 64-bit
yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-18.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-18.noarch.rpm ## OR ## yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-18.noarch.rpm yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-18.noarch.rpm
2.4 Install nVidia proprietary drivers for GeForce 8/9/200/300/400/500 (and currently GeForce 6/7) series cards
Select akmod, kmod or kmod-PAE from following.
yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs
Extra package for kernel-PAE users
yum install kernel-PAE-devel
yum install kmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs
kmod-nvidia-PAE and kernel-PAE-devel
yum install kernel-PAE-devel kmod-nvidia-PAE
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 All is done and then just reboot
2.6 VDPAU/VAAPI support
To enable video acceleration support for your player (Note: you need Geforce 8 or later).
yum install vdpauinfo libva-vdpau-driver libva-utils
3. Uninstall nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 18 “Spherical Cow” and enable the nouveau driver
I assume that you installed nVidia driver with this guide, then do following.
3.1 Change root user
su - ## OR ## sudo -i
3.2 Uninstall nVidia Driver Packages
yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia\* nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig
3.4 Then Reboot System