This will help you install nvidia drivers for laptops and desktops.
I did ti for Compaq R3000 with nvidia geforce 2 (32MB)
with fedora core 4. If you are a newbie I strongly suggest to create a backup of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
Everytime there is a new fedora kernel the nvidia drivers need to be re-installed.
1. Make sure you have gcc installed. If not you can install it from System Settings >Add/Remove Apps. >Development Tools...install everything if you want.
2. You will need the kernel source code AKA kernel-devel
you can install using the livna repo.
yum install kernel-devel
3. Download Nvidia linux drivers ( I am using x86 so I am linking to that ).
Now that were are readay we need to exit X enviroment.
4. Open terminal, become root (su + password) and run:After issuing the above command you may get a blank screen so just hit ctrl+alt+F1
which will take you to the text login prompt. Login as regular user and then become root.
5. Run installation command and NOTE
you may be using a different linux version or latets:
I am using latest version so keep an eye on the version you have or downloaded.
6. Accept agreement, in second window select NO, next window select OK, next window OK...and it that should do it. You will get a message that installation is complete.
7. Probe nvidia drivers:
8. Restart X enviroment:
9. Now we need to edit the xorg.conf file:
and remove these 2 lines under "Module":
and add this line: Load "glx"
and in the Section "Device"
10. Reboot your laptop. You should be able to see and nvidia logo......
11. Once logged in lets make sure every is OK, open terminal and run:
MINIMIZE glxgears window, I have a 32mb geforce and this is my result:
[root@localhost imdeemvp]# glxgears
6180 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1236.000 FPS
6517 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1303.400 FPS
16292 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3258.400 FPS
18234 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3646.800 FPS
18240 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3648.000 FPS
18246 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3649.200 FPS
18042 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3608.400 FPS
18036 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3607.200 FPS
X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
glxinfo | grep direct
results should be:
If you want to check your nvidia settings simply run
[root@localhost imdeemvp]# glxinfo | grep direct
direct rendering: Yes
and you will see a nvidia linux logo with the graphics card information.
If you dont want to see the Nvidia Logo
during bootup just add this line to your xorg.conf. Like this:
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX"
Option "NoLogo" "true"