Fedora 17 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 GT218 [GeForce G210] (rev a2)
List of Supported NVIDIA GPU Products, your card should found before 173.14.xx driver section.
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. If you have time you can help If !1 0 and write installation guide for NVIDIA Optimus and Fedora 17 users.
Install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 17 “BeefyMiracle” and disable the nouveau driver
1. Change root user
su - ## OR ## sudo -i
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
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-branched.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-branched.noarch.rpm ## OR ## yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-branched.noarch.rpm yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-branched.noarch.rpm
4. Install nVidia proprietary drivers for GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300/400/500 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.
5. Remove / disable nouveau drivers from kernel initramfs
## Backup old initramfs nouveau image ## mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img ## Create new initramfs image ## dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
6. All is done and then just reboot