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Latest Nvidia drivers from repository?

asked 2013-11-21 00:40:20 -0500

Gabmus gravatar image

Hello, I am an Ubuntu user that would like to switch to Fedora, but since I don't know much about this interesting OS, I wanted to ask a few questions. One of these is the driver installation procedure. I actually own two PCs with two different graphic cards: an Nvidia GT610 and an Nvidia GTX660. On Ubuntu, I already have my drivers included in the official repositories, so that I just have to use this command "sudo apt-get install nvidia-331 nvidia-settings-331" to install my drivers. Moreover, since Ubuntu packages are often not updated, I can add the X.org edgers ppa repository to have the latest X.org version and propretary drivers. Are Fedora packages always up to date? And after I install my system, is there a suggested or official way to install the latest Nvidia drivers? Thank you very much for your answers!

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answered 2013-11-21 01:39:10 -0500

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updated 2013-11-21 01:47:54 -0500

A guide to installing the proprietary NVidia drivers for Fedora 19 can be found at

http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2013/fedora-19-nvidia-guide/

The proprietary drivers are not found in any Fedora repository (nor should they be), but they can be found in the RPM Fusion repository, which is easy to add. I've been using RPM Fusion for a great many years for many of the packages they add.

For something like NVidia drivers, I recommend using the akmod version of the driver, which is what the web site above instructs you to install. These drivers are kept relatively up-to-date. And using the akmod version of the kernel module, this usually won't be a problem. The video driver will automatically upgrade when you install a new kernel via "yum update" ... and if for some reason it cannot, then wait a day and try again.

You may find the web page I referenced a bit confusing. It lists everything you need to do, but it doesn't give enough words where it is telling you to pick one of several choices, depending on what OS you're using (32 or 64 bit) and depending on what video card model you have. In section 2.3, pick one of the two sets of commands, depending on whether you installed a 32 or 64 bit Fedora. In section 2.4, you do not enter all of the commands shown! Choose just the one set that corresponds to which kind of NVidia video card you have installed, with the exception that if you have a 32-bit PAE kernel, you additionally need to install the kernel-PAE-devel, as shown. In section 2.4, both "akmod" and "kmod" options are given. I recommend using akmod. Choose exactly one, depending on whether you want akmod or kmod, and depending on what kind of NVidia card you have.

DO NOT execute anything in section 3.0! That is only if you change your mind and decide to fall back!

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