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NVIDIA Driver Installation Failure on Fedora 20

asked 2015-01-02 17:12:43 -0500

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updated 2015-01-02 21:33:55 -0500

I've been following all three of the following guides in order to to install the NVIDIA drivers on Fedora 20:

All three basically say the same thing, and I've previously had success with these guides, but the GNOME display driver fails to start up on my newer machine.

I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but I'm using a Geforce 970 card.

I've been repeatedly installing the driver using the following command:

yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs kernel-devel acpid

and then uninstalling using:

yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia\*

Is there perhaps some package that I'm missing?

[squirem@localhost ~]$ sudo yum erase *\nvidia\*
[sudo] password for squirem: 
Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
No Match for argument: *nvidia*
No Packages marked for removal
[squirem@localhost ~]$ sudo yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs
Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package akmod-nvidia.x86_64 1:331.113-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: nvidia-kmod-common >= 1:331.113 for package: 1:akmod-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64
---> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.x86_64 1:331.113-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Running transaction check
---> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.x86_64 1:331.113-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                               Arch                Version                       Repository                              Size
 akmod-nvidia                          x86_64              1:331.113-1.fc20              rpmfusion-nonfree-updates               10 M
 xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs              x86_64              1:331.113-1.fc20              rpmfusion-nonfree-updates               24 M
Installing for dependencies:
 xorg-x11-drv-nvidia                   x86_64              1:331.113-1.fc20              rpmfusion-nonfree-updates              3.6 M

Transaction Summary
Install  2 Packages (+1 Dependent package)

Total download size: 38 M
Installed size: 131 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/3): xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                                                           | 3.6 MB  00:00:02     
(2/3): akmod-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                                                                  |  10 MB  00:00:08     
(3/3): xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                                                      |  24 MB  00:00:44     
Total                                                                                                 873 kB/s |  38 MB  00:00:44     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
  Installing : 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64                                                                   1/3 
  Installing : 1:akmod-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64                                                                               2/3 
  Installing : 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64                                                                        3/3 
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.17.7-200.fc20.x86_64
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-3.17.7-200.fc20.x86_64.img
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64.img
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-0-rescue-a2283f01bec946fcbb79c1bf22891041
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-0-rescue-a2283f01bec946fcbb79c1bf22891041.img
  Verifying  : 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64                                                                        1/3 
  Verifying  : 1:xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64                                                                   2/3 
  Verifying  : 1:akmod-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64                                                                               3/3 

  akmod-nvidia.x86_64 1:331.113-1.fc20                        xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.x86_64 1:331.113-1.fc20                       

Dependency Installed:
  xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.x86_64 1:331.113-1.fc20                                                                                         

[squirem@localhost ~]$ sudo mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img
[squirem@localhost ~]$ sudo dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

Extra Information:

[squirem@localhost ~]$ rpm -qa *\nvidia\*  *\kernel\*|sort;uname -r;lsmod |grep -e nvidia -e nouveau;cat /etc ...
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The best way to get rid of the drivers completely is yum remove \*nvidia\* because that makes sure that everything's gone. What you did left akmod-nvidia and any kmod-nvidia it created for you and that can cause problems. Check the guides here because there might be exactly what you need there. Good luck and keep us informed.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-01-02 18:38:00 -0500 )edit

@sideburns I've updated my question with information. Using `yum remove *nvidia* didn't remove anything extra. The instructions in the link didn't really provide any new information.

squirem gravatar imagesquirem ( 2015-01-02 21:45:17 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-03 00:48:54 -0500

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Check this question too:

As I said there, your problem might be solved by installing akmod-nvidia and its dependencies from RpmFusion repositories for Fedora 20. I've installed akmod-nvidia-331.113-1.fc20.x86_64 on Fedora 21 on a system and it works fine (while it didn't work with neither akmod-nvidia nor akmod-nvidia304xx from Rpmfusion F21 repositories).

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I ultimately had to install the driver the old-fashioned way. Everything works fine now.

squirem gravatar imagesquirem ( 2015-01-03 10:45:14 -0500 )edit

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