Last Updated: 10 December 2004
Custom Nvidia Driver Installation - Fedora Core 4
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Here's how to install the nVidia drivers if the RPM doesn't work (or if you
don't want to use the RPM):
- Get the lastest linux
- Now print this out, or write it down, because we're going to close X,
the graphical part of Linux.
- Open a Terminal.
- Become root:
- Shut down X:
- Now, you will have a "Login:" prompt. Log in as
root and go to the directory where you downloaded
the nVidia drivers.
cp -a /dev/nvidia*
instructions to set up the driver. (Read the "EDITING YOUR
X CONFIG FILE" section.)
- Now, we need to remove some conflicting files:
rpm -e --nodeps xorg-x11-Mesa-libGL
NOTE: If you update any "xorg-x11" package with up2date or yum,
you will have to do the above command again.
NOTE: Some users report that removing this package is not necessary for
- You can now restart X by typing:
NOTE: You must re-do these steps every time you install a new kernel
with yum or up2date.
(Thanks to Dexter Ang for helping me simplify this answer! Thanks to
Vahe Sarkissian for a good correction. Thanks to D. Michael Basinger for
letting me know that you have to do modprobe nvidia.)
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