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Old 14th February 2005, 05:06 PM
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Post Nvidia drivers (My Guide)

This guide works with the latest nvidia driver 7664 on FC3 2.6.11-1.27_FC3
procedure:
imdeemvp's tip
Quote:
You will need the kernel source code AKA kernel-devel you can install using the livna repo.
Code:
yum install kernel-devel
log off.
press ctrl+alt+f1 log on as root
Code:
telinit 3 
sh ./Nvidia.......run
accept licence
ignore warnings
Code:
 modprobe nvidia 
cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices/ 
startx
modify xorg.conf appropriately: remove load dri change nv to nvidia also change Videocard0 to nvidia. note that there are two Videocard0 in xorg.conf

These following options can be added to the Device Section
Quote:
Option "Coolbits" "1"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"
Option "AGPMode" "8"
Option "AGPFastWrite" "true"
log off type
Code:
 telinit 5
you will see the nvidia logo for 3 seconds. installation achieved.

To enable 3D support for nVidia graphics card in FC3
There are now nVidia driver RPMs provided by livna.org that are designed especially for Fedora. If you're using yum, replace your yum.conf by this new one at
http://www.fedorafaq.org/samples/yum.conf

how to replace your yum.conf?
Quote:
Advice from Harryc:
If you switch yum repositories midstream, it may spell trouble for you. http://madpenguin.org/cms/?m=show&id=3506#Warning
So, make a copy of your yum before switching it.

if you have downloaded the yum.conf to your home directory:
Code:
 su -
cd /home/(name)/
cp yum.conf /etc/
You should be able to install the drivers easily now:
1. Open a Terminal.
2. Become root.
3. Type:
Code:
 uname -r
yum install nvidia-glx kernel-module-nvidia-`(uname -r)`
That installs the nVidia driver for your current kernel.

use a 3D game such as TUX racer to test your installation. or try
Code:
 glxgears
CURRENT PROBLEM: The new udev included in FC3 seems to prevent the nvidia module from loading automatically.
There are 2 options:
1. Recommended Fix
Code:
 su -
cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
chown root.root /etc/udev/devices/nvidia*
Only if above does NOT work
Code:
 gedit /etc/rc.local
ADD the following to the END of the file:
Code:
/sbin/modprobe nvidia
If you update your kernel the NVidia driver must be re-installed to match the new kernel.
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File Type: conf xorg.conf (3.0 KB, 607 views)

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Old 14th February 2005, 06:57 PM
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help:
the "modprobe" command is located in the /sbin/ directory run it from there
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Old 14th February 2005, 06:59 PM
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anoder hint: xorg.conf is in /etc/X11/
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Old 14th February 2005, 07:25 PM
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For me, the best way is to install the RPM of your kernel version from livna.org.
You don't need to shut down X or install from console mode. Also no need to edit your xorg.conf or remove any conflicting files.
Get the RPMs from: http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/3/i386/RPMS.testing/

Edit 1: Here's the guide:
http://www.fedorafaq.org/#nvidia

Why switch to livna.org's Nvidia driver RPM?
http://rpm.livna.org/livna-switcher.html

Edit 2: If you're tired about the NVIDIA splash screen before the loggin screen you can disable it editing the xorg.conf adding Option "NoLogo" "true" to the "Device" section.

Example:

Code:
Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "nvidia"
	VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
	BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
	Option	    "NoLogo" "true"
EndSection
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Old 14th February 2005, 08:14 PM
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improvements are welcomed
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Old 15th February 2005, 03:24 AM
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Moved to How To.
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Old 15th February 2005, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Clunixchit
improvements are welcomed
Well, actually, it's just a simple method of installing the NVIDIA drivers.
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Old 15th February 2005, 11:47 AM
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indeed it is, it is intented for those who are frustrated after several unsuccessful attempts.
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Old 22nd February 2005, 12:32 PM
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this howto has been updated.
a new section : To enable 3D support for nVidia graphics card in FC3
has been included.
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Old 24th February 2005, 05:29 AM
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Thanks Clunixchit,

I read this driver stuff a dozen times and the repository stuf 2 dozen times and here it is in 5 lines.
The 6629 is up on 766 and the video is twice as fast and clear as an electron microscope.
Oh, my acking eyes. They can now relax.

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Old 24th February 2005, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Clunixchit
[...There are now nVidia driver RPMs provided by livna.org that are designed especially for Fedora. If you're using yum, replace your yum.conf by this new one at
http://www.fedorafaq.org/samples/yum.conf[
I have a problem with this advice because livna.org may not be compatible with other repos. You should at least warn users here that if they switch yum repositories midstream, it may spell trouble for them. For me personally, I use the dag/freshrpms/dries/newrpms/ combo in yum configuration.

http://madpenguin.org/cms/?m=show&id=3506#Warning

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Old 24th February 2005, 12:54 PM
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Updates

thanks for the advice Already updated
New updates:
-To enable 3D support for nVidia graphics card in FC3
-Advice before switching to requested yum.conf (from Harryc)
-CURRENT PROBLEM: The new udev included in FC3 seems to prevent the nvidia module from loading automatically. 2 options are explored

Indeed it is simple, it is intented for those who are frustrated after several unsuccessful attempts.

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Old 24th February 2005, 01:07 PM
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I agree with you Harryc, but this post is about installing the nvidia drivers from livna.org, not updating your entire system mixing repos. ag/freshrpms/dries/newrpms/ repos don't have the nvidia driver in rpm format. You'll definitely not have any compatible problem installing it from livna.org.
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Old 24th February 2005, 01:08 PM
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I have a problem with this advice because livna.org may not be compatible with other repos. You should at least warn users here that if they switch yum repositories midstream, it may spell trouble for them. For me personally, I use the dag/freshrpms/dries/newrpms/ combo in yum configuration.

http://madpenguin.org/cms/?m=show&id=3506#Warning
I agree with you Harryc, but this post is about installing the nvidia drivers from livna.org, not updating your entire system mixing repos. ag/freshrpms/dries/newrpms/ repos don't have the nvidia driver in rpm format. You'll definitely not have any compatible problem installing it from livna.org.
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Old 24th February 2005, 01:41 PM
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I agree with you Harryc, but this post is about installing the nvidia drivers from livna.org, not updating your entire system mixing repos. ag/freshrpms/dries/newrpms/ repos don't have the nvidia driver in rpm format. You'll definitely not have any compatible problem installing it from livna.org.
Yeah I agree, but a newbie might just leave it (yum.conf) that way, and install other non-compatible packages later on. Obviously, if they have never had a working/modified yum.conf or modified apt configs before it's not an issue.

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