Correct instructions for installing NVidia proprietary driver on Fedora 13?

Chris Kloiber ckloiber at
Mon May 31 09:03:12 UTC 2010

To the end of the kernel line in grub I remove the "rhgb quiet" and add:

nomodeset rdblacklist=nouveau

Then (after adding the rpmfusion-free and non-free repos) I run:

# yum -y install akmod-nvidia kmod-nvidia

And finally reboot. After I get into X I run:

# nvidia-settings

This lets me set my resolution and second monitor options.

Chris Kloiber

On 05/31/2010 04:40 AM, Steven P. Ulrick wrote:
>>>>> Hi there
>>>>> Did you do a clean install?
>>>> Yes.  Did a clean install from the DVD, entirely wiped out my old Fedora
> 12
>>>> install.
>>>>> If this does not work then try the akmod instead of the kmod
>>>>> akmod will autotrack in newest kernel mod on boot
>>>> yum list | grep -i akmod:
>>>> akmod-nvidia.x86_64                        1:195.36.24-1.fc13.5
>>>> @rpmfusion-nonfree
>>>> akmods.noarch                              0.3.6-3.fc12
>>>> @rpmfusion-free
>>>> I used akmod on Fedora 12, and it always worked perfectly for me.  In
> fact,
>>>> everything with the proprietary nVidia driver worked perfectly.
>>>> Steven P. Ulrick
>>> Wow dude... I am really not sure what is going on.
>>>   From what I hear all people have to do is make sure rpmfusion is in
>>> repo and yum update
>>> This is the only thread were it has failed like this
>>> I guess the only thing left to try is not do it through yum but
>>> add/remove software
>>> It should not make a bit of difference, but you may want to remove the
>>> driver go back to nouveau and try the proprietary driver through
>>> add/remove software, as well as the kmod for the kernel version.
>>> Then lower protection (selinix) then rdblacklist=nouveau on kernel lines
>>> in grub.conf
>> Agreed, it SHOULDN'T make a difference.  But I'll give it a shot...
>> 1. "Applications | System | Software Management" (kpackagekit)
>> 2. Search for "kmod-nvidia"
>> 3. Select "akmod-nvidia"&  "kmod-nvidia"
>> 4. Install the following packages:
>> nvidia-settings
>> xorg-x11-drv-nvidia
>> nvidia-xconfig
>> xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs
>> kmod-nvidia-
>> 5. "Apply"
>> NOTHING was added to the end of the kernel line in grub.conf.  Also, here is
> the
>> contents of my xorg.conf file as it stands after I installed the above
> packages:
>>      # Xorg configuration created by livna-config-display
>>       Section "Files"
>>               ModulePath   "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules"
>>       EndSection
>>       Section "ServerFlags"
>>               Option      "AIGLX" "on"
>>       EndSection
>>      Section "Device"
>>              Identifier  "Videocard0"
>>              Driver      "vesa"
>>      EndSection
>>      Section "Extensions"
>>              Option      "Composite" "Enable"
>>      EndSection
>> So, I'm going to delete xorg.conf, add "rdblacklist=nouveau nomodeset" to the
>> kernel line and reboot...
>> I'll get back with you in a few minutes.
> Well, here's the results: the screen still goes black (and, according to the
> monitor itself) and goes into power save mode when it should be starting X.
> For kicks I tried rebooting WITHOUT doing the initramfs/dracut stuff.  Things did
> not go any different than they do when I actually follow the correct
> instructions.
> One interesting observation: I am doing "rdblacklist=nouveau" and I do not even
> seem to have the "nouveau" driver running?  my xorg.conf says "Driver "vesa""
> Perhaps retrying AFTER WORK, and doing "rdblacklist=vesa"?
> Anyway, I NEED to get to work.
> Steven P. Ulrick

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