Looking Fedora 17 “Beefy Miracle” nVidia Drivers Install guide?

This is guide, howto install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 16 and disable Nouveau driver. This guide works with GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300 series cards.

Fedora 16 nVidia driver installation is not much different from previous Fedora versions. I have tested this guide with a couple computers, so let me know, if you have some problems.

Before nVidia drivers installation

Check is your nVidia card supported

lspci |grep -i VGA   ## Example output ## 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT215 [GeForce GT 240] (rev a2)

List of Supported NVIDIA GPU Products, your card should found before 173.14.xx driver section.

NVIDIA Optimus Technology

If your lspci |grep -i VGA output looks like following:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2n Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF106 [GeForce GT 555M SDDR3] (rev a1)

Or you know that your computer have NVIDIA Optimus Technology, and it is impossible to turn Intel Graphics / NVDIDIA Optimus off in the BIOS then try If !1 0 user Viger excellent NVIDIA Optimus (Bumblebee) guide for Fedora 16 users.

Install nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 16 “Verne” and disable the nouveau driver

1. Change root user

su - ## OR ## sudo -i

2. Make sure that you are running latest kernel and have latest SELinux policy packages

If not then update kernel and reboot

yum update kernel* selinux-policy* reboot

3. Add RPMFusion Repositories (Free and Non-Free)

32-bit and 64-bit

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

4. Install nVidia proprietary drivers for GeForce 6/7/8/9/200/300/400/500 series cards

Select akmod, kmod or kmod-PAE from following.


yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs

Extra package for kernel-PAE users

yum install kernel-PAE-devel



yum install kmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs


kmod-nvidia-PAE and kernel-PAE-devel

yum install kernel-PAE-devel kmod-nvidia-PAE

akmod is good option and easy way avoid problems on kernel updates and is best and only option if you use:

  • self-compiled kernel
  • older Fedora kernel
  • quickly changing kernels from updates-testing/rawhide

Full spec of kmod and akmod differences, check this.

5. Remove / disable nouveau drivers from kernel initramfs

## Backup old initramfs nouveau image ## mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img   ## Create new initramfs image ## dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

6. All is done and then just reboot



rdblacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0 missing

Some users have reported that the rdblacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0 might be missing on grub2 “linux” row, after NVIDIA drivers installation. Add rdblacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0 to /etc/default/grub file.

## Modify following line ## GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet rhgb"   ## to ## GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet rhgb rdblacklist=nouveau nouveau.modeset=0"

Then make grub2 config with grub2-mkconfig command:

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg



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