Originally posted by mreinecker
I'm pretty sure my problem is that I need new drivers for my nVidia card. However, I'm having the hardest time actually finding the right one to download, and how to install it. It's so confusing.
the link to the one that I'm using now, from the nvidia site. Though the one that I was using that f****d up with the kernel upgrade that I mentioned above was called 6629 (I think).
Again, I'm guessing, because I've never used Fedora, but under mandrake, it was always a case of, checking what kernel you are using,
then looking at the available packages (from mandrake, but Fedora will have a similar asset) and getting the kernel-sources (you need both the kernel and the kernel sources), installing that, then download the driver AND
the readme from the nvidia site, dig through the readme, to the bit that tells you how to run the package (it's a one line command, done as root i.e. su in user account, followed by root password) I've then always been in the habit of printing off the page that tells me that, and the one that tells you what you need to change in your xorg.conf (or xfree86.conf if you still use that) then as root you can issue the init 3 command or if you have it installed/enabled ctrl+alt+backspace (or it might be delete) together to stop the xserver, then again as root, you cd /home/mreinecker or whatever location you downloaded the driver to, and issue the command
and (in theory) it should fire up the nvidia installer. You will have to "accept" their t's & C's but that's exactly how I used to run it everytime mandrake issued a new kernel. Though that's also the normal install method (as I found it anyway).
don't print of the whole readme there's shitloads of it, you only really need the pages that I mentioned above.
Once it's finished, do the mod to the xorg.conf i.e. uncomment "Load glx", change the driver name to "nvidia" instead of "nv" and I don't recall if there's anything else to change in that file, but if you haven't already tried to restart after you installed the driver, but before you modded the xorg.conf you can either just reboot or it should work with startx command.
You'll know if you've got it, because you should see the nvidia splash screen on restart.
Oh and sorry if the above has wasted your time, but that's just how I used to do it, so.......
Hope that helps a little.