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Old 07-13-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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fc13 and nvidia driver how to


i had problem on installing my nvidia gforce 8600m gt driver on fc12,
now i have installed fc13,
could any one show me a step by step way to install the driver?
i don't want to confront with that black screen one more time,

as i understand if we download the driver from the nvidia website there would be a relationship between the kernel version and the driver,if so what is it?how should we understand which driver is for which kernel?
my kernel is,2.6.33.3-85.fc13.i686.PAE[with 2 gb ram]

which way is better?to get driver via repos and yum or the nvidia website?
thanks in advance
 
Old 07-13-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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I've had no problems (well, only a few) with the package from rpmfusion.org The problems occur when there is a mismatch between the shipped kernel and the driver. Usually fixed in a day or so. Using akmods is a good idea to manage that.
See the rpmfusion site.
 
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z99 , I take it you have not read the fedora doc's???
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/index.html
nor the fedora " how to" for the nvidia driver .
-- the official fedora/nvidia install guide --
" F13, F12 & F11 Nvidia driver guides "
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=204752
 
Old 07-14-2010, 07:31 AM   #4
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thank,
i did read them,
that's what i did for f12:
according to Howto/nVidia:
Before using the driver, you need to lower your system protection so SElinux doesn't prevent the driver to load.
Installed the repository configuration files for YUM.
1: setsebool -P allow_execstack on
2: yum -y install kmod-nvidia
3: mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img
4: dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
5: nvidia-xconfig and then reboot
but all i see was a blank screen.
i think the proper KMOD (Fedora Kernel Module) which matches the driver i need is kmod-nvidia??
and for older kernel like f11 and f12 the driver are:
f11 = Legacy 173.xx : kmod-nvidia-173xx
f12 = Legacy version 96.xx : kmod-nvidia-96xx
am i right?
are these steps enough and complete for f13?
 
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Before using the driver, you need to lower your system protection so SElinux doesn't prevent the driver to load.
no -- with the fedora rpm you NEVER need to touch the se context for the nvidia driver

way,way,way back many many years ago a setbool was needed in fedora 5 and 6 IF AND ONLY IF
the nvidia.run was used ( bUT NEVER FOR A RPM !!! )


Are you using a very old nvidia card that needa a 96 or 173 driver ??
if so BUY a new card

at this time there is NO support for the 96&173 driver from nvidia and as such fedora 13 will not run with the current xorg 1.8
 
Old 07-14-2010, 06:43 PM   #6
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thanks John For helping,
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Are you using a very old nvidia card that needa a 96 or 173 driver ??
i have dell inspiron 1520, with 2.2 cpu and a 2GB ram and nvidia geforce 8600m GT,

how to understand which driver is suitable for which nvidia graphic card?/
i mean how should i know that if an nvidia card would need a 96 or 173 driver or other??
 
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you only need to use the old legacy 96 driver for a very old gforce 4 or OLDER card
and the old 173 driver if you have a old 5000 gforce card

this is ALL VERY WELL documented on the nvidia web site


for your "geforce 8600m GT " you use the current
256.35

Code:
yum install kmod-nvidia
then black list the nouveau driver ( as per the FIRST post in the fedoraforum post)


that is it you are done.
 
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