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how to install nvidia proprietary driver Fedora 20?

asked 2013-12-28 19:12:20 -0500

DraxlorTheTerrrible gravatar image

updated 2013-12-29 00:07:36 -0500

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I got Fedora 20 (x86_64) running just fine with the built-in open source nouveau driver. However after installing the official nvidia driver via the rpm fusion repos (yum install akmod-nvidia); I was greeted to a black screen upon reboot. I was able to get back in by editing the grub entry and removing the driver. How can I install their drivers properly?

My system is up to date as of this writing (12/28/13). gpu: Nvidia 660 ti kernel: 3.12.5-302.fc20.x86_64 xorg: 1.14.4

Do I need to downgrade my xorg version?

EDIT: Per Fransico's recommendation here is the info from the xorg5 log.

[     4.347] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/
[     4.347] (II) Module fb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[     4.347]    compiled for 1.14.4, module version = 1.0.0
[     4.347]    ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
[     4.347] (WW) Unresolved symbol: fbGetGCPrivateKey
[     4.347] (II) Loading sub module "wfb"
[     4.347] (II) LoadModule: "wfb"
[     4.347] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/
[     4.347] (II) Module wfb: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[     4.347]    compiled for 1.14.4, module version = 1.0.0
[     4.347]    ABI class: X.Org ANSI C Emulation, version 0.4
[     4.347] (II) Loading sub module "ramdac"
[     4.347] (II) LoadModule: "ramdac"
[     4.347] (II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
[     4.349] (EE) NVIDIA: Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module. Please check your
[     4.349] (EE) NVIDIA:     system's kernel log for additional error messages.
[     4.349] (EE) No devices detected.
[     4.349] (EE) 
Fatal server error:
[     4.349] (EE) no screens found(EE)
[     4.349] (EE) 
Please consult the Fedora Project support 
     at wiki X
 for help. 
[     4.349] (EE) Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.5.log" for additional information.
[     4.349] (EE)
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Why do you need to downgrade the xorg version? When you get the black screen, head to the virtual terminal using ctrl alt f2 and see your /var/log/Xorg.* files. Please edit your question and add whatever errors you see in the Xorg log files here. That'll tell us exactly what's causing Xorg to not come up.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-12-28 23:26:12 -0500 )edit

In the past I heard people have had to down grade their x version if the proprietary driver did not support it. Pressing ctrl alt f2 didn't get me to a text console. I did get in eventually though.

DraxlorTheTerrrible gravatar imageDraxlorTheTerrrible ( 2013-12-28 23:38:53 -0500 )edit

The nvidia driver is compatible with the X version. The ATI/AMD one wasn't. I don't know its current state though.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-12-29 00:06:42 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-12-29 00:11:11 -0500

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According to your Xorg logs, it looks like the akmod hasn't compiled the correct version of the driver. Try the following:

sudo yum clean all; sudo yum update; sudo yum install kmod-nvidia

Also remove any xorg.conf file if you're using one.

There could be more information in dmesg if you can look at the output from a virtual terminal.

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Thanks. The only thing I did differently this time was clean all and use kmod instead of akmod. Thanks again for the help. Now it's time for for Serious Sam 3: BFE!

DraxlorTheTerrrible gravatar imageDraxlorTheTerrrible ( 2013-12-29 00:30:48 -0500 )edit

Have been having the same problem and these commands didn't work for me, i'm afraid. my Xorg.0.log is giving me these errors: NVIDIA: Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module. /n No devices detected \n Fatal server error: \n no screens detected. edit: to add a bit more info.. dmesg doesn't mention "nvidia" at all, but there is a bunch of output from "nouveau". Dispite "blacklisting" it in grub and modprobe, nouveau refuses to be removed.

char1w gravatar imagechar1w ( 2013-12-30 18:06:39 -0500 )edit

Thanks man, working with nvidia gtx 560

karmababa gravatar imagekarmababa ( 2014-01-01 02:06:40 -0500 )edit

Sir, I've been trying to install akmod-nvidia but it is saying no such package is available! what should I do?

srinath29 gravatar imagesrinath29 ( 2014-01-05 09:25:00 -0500 )edit

This was perfect for me. I was in the middle of fedup from 18 to 20 when I ran into the need to swap from radeon to nvidia. Thanks for posting!!

jdelaporte gravatar imagejdelaporte ( 2014-04-12 11:42:54 -0500 )edit

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