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hotelunderseige
1st March 2009, 12:01 AM
Where can i get an nvidia driver? i do know the name of the grafix card, but i need the driver? and whille im asking, how can i make compiz the window manager?

leigh123linux
1st March 2009, 12:03 AM
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Demz
1st March 2009, 12:11 AM
Where can i get an nvidia driver? i do know the name of the grafix card, but i need the driver? and whille im asking, how can i make compiz the window manager?

read the Fedora FAQ good start

philo565
1st March 2009, 01:50 PM
You can get them right from NVidia's website...

to make it easy the drivers are contained within an installation script

you will need to also install

gcc

make

and the exact kernel-devel for the kernel of your system

probably kernel-devel-2.6.27.15-117.fc10.i686


to install any needed packages it's as simple as


yum install gcc


(for exapmple)

stefan1975
1st March 2009, 01:56 PM
You can get them right from NVidia's website...

to make it easy the drivers are contained within an installation script

you will need to also install

gcc

make

and the exact kernel-devel for the kernel of your system

probably kernel-devel-2.6.27.15-117.fc10.i686


to install any needed packages it's as simple as


yum install gcc


(for exapmple)

that probably is *not* very good advice to follow. the previous posts contained much better ways to get the correct nvidia drivers. Installing them this way will mean the drivers will break on every single kernel update.

The best way is getting the drivers from rpmfusion imho. They are always current and will automatically enable/disable the drivers at boot and be updated against all new kernels.

So either follow the other peoples advice (and read Leigh's guide or the FedoraFAQ Demz mentioned) or just do the following:

1) enable RPMFUSION repo: http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration
2) install nvidia drivers: http://rpmfusion.org/Howto/nVidia
3) reboot

stefan

philo565
1st March 2009, 02:31 PM
Thank you for posting the warning!

Good advice.

In my case, however I was not able to install the Nvidia
driver using that method as my card is of the GeForce 6 and higher
classification

The needed kmod-nvidia was not available

If anyone knows where it is...please post back

stefan1975
1st March 2009, 02:41 PM
well i have a rather recent quadro350 and just did a


yum install kmod-nvidia


which worked fine for me. I once had issues with a rpmfusion mirror where the latest driver for the latest kernel was not synced (yet) in which case I just got it from the main mirror:

to try that just do a:


vi /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-nonfree.repo


uncomment:
# baseurl=http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/releases/$releasever/Everything/$basearch/os/

and then:


yum clean all
yum update
yum install kmod-nvidia


this gave me the latest kmdod for the 2.6.27-15.150 kernel just fine.

stefan

Sauron
1st March 2009, 02:43 PM
FWIW, I downloaded the driver install package from nvidia's site and accept that the relatively infrequent kernel updates will break my X until I rebuild the module for the new kernel.

Which brings up a question - reboot, X is busted, install module, is there a way to init into 5 again without rebooting to bring up GDM, or is reboot the only way?

philo565
1st March 2009, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the reply...
sure enough...
I did not have the "non-free" in my repositories

updating now...

thank you!

Hlingler
1st March 2009, 03:00 PM
Thanks for the reply...
sure enough...
I did not have the "non-free" in my repositories

updating now...

thank you!Umm... do NOT install the NVidia RPM driver over top of the binary - you'll effectively end up with multiple conflicting files in multiple conflicting locations, and X11/Xorg will be very confused - and probably fail.

V

philo565
1st March 2009, 03:22 PM
Ok

I will *not* re-install my Nvidia drivers

but will know the proper way to do it next time.

In general I do not update my systems.

If I ever do an "upgrade" I generally go for an entire
fresh install...and format all but my /home partition

I do not upgrade all that often...
as the last version I used was FC5

Thanks

philo565
1st March 2009, 04:14 PM
Though I DO NOT suggest anyone do this...

since I still have the HD with my original Fedora <test install>

I decided to install kmod-nvidia

even though I had previously installed the NVidia driver using NVidia's
own installation script

For me , it worked fine.

My kernel was upgraded from 2.6.27.5-117

to 2.6.27.5-170 and my video drivers were not borken


Again I am not suggesting anyone do this...just saying it worked for me.

Considering I have all my data backed up in about 6 different places...
If I "blow away" an installation from time to time...it's no big deal to me <G>