How to Install Fedora with an nvidia gtx 960m (for newbies)

asked 2017-11-16 07:42:41 -0600

mayu gravatar image

Hi all,

I'm excited to be using linux. However the installation process for Fedora is proving to be a pain on my laptop.

Firstly the installation media would get stuck and not load the GUI. I researched some articles and got it to load by using the 'nomodeset' parameter in GRUB. However it seems that this loads some sort of basic display driver and I am unable to connect my external (extra) monitor through the HDMI port (that is it won't display anything). I would like to mention that without using the 'nomodeset', the external monitor was displaying the boot up process (it was mirroring the laptop display) until it got stuck. Also it seems that some of the GUI animated effects are also switched off. It also looks like as I installed Fedora with the 'nomodeset' parameter the installed OS also put that parameter in GRUB, so now it loads the the OS with the 'nomodeset' parameter as default

From what I've read in articles this is some issue with the nvidia display driver. However I am new to the world of linux and don't understand much of the technicalities. Please help.

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What installation media? Usually the Live iso boots fine on your hardware and then you can click on "Install to hard disk" icon. After installaton has completed and rebooting you can enable rpmfusion for installing Nvidia proprietary driver if you like.

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2017-11-16 15:45:12 -0600 )edit

I created a live DVD but it would not boot into the GUI where I could install it to my hard disk. I had to specify 'nomodeset' at the GRUB (ie by pressing 'e' at the kernel selection GRUB menu). Anyway I will try installing the proprietary driver through RPM fusion. Thanks.

mayu gravatar imagemayu ( 2017-11-16 17:54:46 -0600 )edit