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    Default how to install NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers on FC

    hi,

    I am newbie here, just learn.
    I want to khow how to install NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers on FC, need step-by-step.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inewbie View Post
    hi,

    I am newbie here, just learn.
    I want to khow how to install NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers on FC, need step-by-step.

    Thanks.
    1. Make sure you have the kernel-sources, gcc and make packages installed.

    2. Download the latest driver from Nvidia's site.

    3. Go into runlevel 3 (no GUI). This can be acheived several ways:

    a) By typing CTRL+ALT+F1(or F2-F6), then logging in as root and typing init 3

    b) By typing a 3 at the GRUB boot prompt.

    c) By editing your /etc/inittab. See below for details.

    d) Debian users may need to use /etc/init.d/gdm stop instead.

    4. Log in as root user, if you aren't already.

    5. Find the driver you just downloaded and run it using something like sh NVIDIA-1.0.8174.run

    6. If it gives you an error for rivafb support, ignore it.

    7. Stay logged in as root and type modprobe nvidia

    NOTE:As of version 8174 of the Nvidia driver, you no longer need to manually edit your xorg.conf file. Skip steps 8 and 9 if you are installing this version or newer.

    8. Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf in the section marked "Devices" that looks something like this:

    Section "Device" Identifier "Nvidia Geforce 2" Driver "nv"

    9. Change the "nv" line to "nvidia"

    NOTE: Some distributions use XFree86 instead of X.org. The steps are the same, you're simply editing a different file: the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file.

    10. Log out as root, and back in as a regular user, then type startx

    11. If you see the Nvidia logo flash then you're done. If not your X Windows will error out. Start a thread, post the errors, and we'll try and help you from there.


    **Editing your /etc/inittab**
    Some distributions require you to edit your /etc/inittab file in order to boot in to non-graphical mode, which is required in order to install the Nvidia drivers. there are no nvidia ntune linux version now, so here is how you do it:

    1. Log in as root user from a console window by typing su and your root (administrator) password when it prompts you.

    2. Open up your /etc/inittab file with a simple text editor. Any one will do but I like pico, so for example purposes that's what I'll use:

    pico /etc/inittab

    3. Look for a line that looks something like this:

    id:5:initdefault

    4. Change the 5 to a 3

    5. Save the file and reboot.

    6. Once Linux goes through its regular boot screens you should be greeted with a simple text login screen. Continue from step 4 above.

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    Also, since updates are coming frequently via yum these days, any time you want to update the kernel or the X server, or any other package that directly impinges on the X driver:

    Go to run level 3 (/sbin/init 3) (not using X driver)

    uninstall the NVidia driver, e.g.:
    ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-173.14.12-pkg2.run --uninstall

    Do the yum updates:
    yum update

    Change boot default level in /etc/inittab to 3, so it comes up to that level after the reboot.

    reboot to put the new kernel into effect.

    Re-install the NVidia driver:
    ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-173.14.12-pkg2.run

    Restore the run level to 5 in /etc/inittab

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