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How do I install the Nvidia driver on Fedora 25?

asked 2016-11-10 22:09:08 -0500

octoowl42 gravatar image


I used Mandriva and Suse for quite some time before switching to Ubuntu for the last 6-7 years. I have had a few issues with Ubuntu that encouraged me to switch back to a RedHat based distro. Picking it up fast, but the one thing I am having major issues with is getting the Nvidia proprietary driver to work on my optimus laptop. Part of why I switched back was reading that there was improved support for it in Fedora 25, but so far I have not been able to get it to work at all on Fedora 25 Beta. I figured so close to release it would be integrated. Has anyone had any luck so far? None of the guides for 24 and down have worked so far. It's a Nvidia 680m on an Alienware m17x R4

Thank you.

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Did you find a solution? I am using a nvidia 940 mx and am not able to find any good drivers.

Bharat_Kalluri gravatar imageBharat_Kalluri ( 2017-04-16 05:14:39 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-12-03 07:36:27 -0500

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I recently switched to Fedora 25. The newest driver (375.20 at time of writing) does indeed support Xorg 1.19 according to the release highlights.

  • Added support for X.Org xserver ABI 23 (xorg-server 1.19)

This driver should work for most Fedora 25 users although you may have to jump through some hoops. However, you and I are both on laptops. I have an Acer Aspire V17 with a 960M. I believe your machine also uses Optimus to switch back and forth from the integrated graphics and the Nvidia GPU. After installing the newest driver X wouldn't start. (I recommend you image your machine before doing anything.) I did a brief search on your machine and you may be able to disable Optimus - see here. If that's the case, then maybe just installing the driver will work for you.

If that doesn't work, there's the Bumblebee project and is what I ended up using. You'll need to add the repo and then choose between the managed or unmanaged version. I chose the managed version and as of right now - it all seems to be working properly. It was quite a struggle though and I spent a lot of time googling which is how I found this question :)

Good luck!

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answered 2016-11-11 16:11:09 -0500

sergiomb gravatar image

updated 2017-06-21 12:28:55 -0500

Update 2017-06-21 new wikis pages for NVIDIA:

look at topic 3: Installing the drivers

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Certainly frustrating, part of why I switched was that I read the new driver was compatible and it removed the issue of no v-sync on optimus systems.

octoowl42 gravatar imageoctoowl42 ( 2016-11-12 00:06:29 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-04-08 21:06:29 -0500

updated 2017-04-28 10:30:21 -0500 shows a 375.39 nVidia driver for Fedora 25 x86_64 released on Feb 14, 2017

and concurs.

$ dnf install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia akmod-nvidia "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"

produced no errors, but after swapping the 1070 into the machine yet, I still get a black/blank screen with no shell prompt (sigh). The boot log doesn't suggest issues that need to be resolved. Anyone broken through this?

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did you blacklist nouveau? read through the links shown and see that you followed all the steps. I run 381.09 proprietary with dkms and 32 bit compatibility, no problems with my kernel updates, and my video card is the GeForce GTX 970.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-04-28 11:27:49 -0500 )edit

Could be your bios. Check for new bios version.

Jos gravatar imageJos ( 2017-05-05 01:35:19 -0500 )edit

Using RPMFusion, you should not have to blacklist nouveau. It does it for you. I have one question. I would suggest going to NVIDIAs website and see which driver they suggest you get through the driver search. Then run the RPMFusion command for that driver series. 375xx would not work on my system. I had to use 340xx.

kikanshathomas gravatar imagekikanshathomas ( 2017-06-01 05:39:53 -0500 )edit

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