How To Install nVidia Graphics Driver on Fedora Core 6 / Linux in 5 Simple StepsBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, April 12, 2007
nVidia provides linux drivers from its website. Unfortunately it doesn’t work with recent kernels. The installation script fails in multiple ways. After much googling and with tons of diverse advices I found the simple solution.
BTW: By default nv driver is installed for nVidia cards which provides very poor graphics performance even for non-gaming usage. Also you cannot use dual monitors with it using TwinView or Xinerama.
You need to install the rpm distribution from livna. However before that you need to ensure that you have the proper kernel for your cpu. Please follow the guide here:
How (& Why) To Install i686 Kernel In Fedora Core 6 in 7 Steps
1. First install the livna repository:
rpm -Uhv http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-6.rpm
Alternatively you can directly add the following entries to /etc/yum.conf:
name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (stable)
2. Then import the livna GPG key for verification of rpm:
rpm –import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY
3. Now you are ready to install the rpm:
yum install kmod-nvidia
This should automatically do everthing required to install the driver.
4. Reboot the machine. You should see nVidia logo flash by.
glxinfo | grep direct
If you see: direct rendering: Yes, you are good to go. You can also display further details about the installed driver as follows:
yum info kmod-nvidia
You will see something like this:
Loading “installonlyn” plugin
Setting up repositories
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Name : kmod-nvidia
Arch : i686
Size : 7.1 M
Repo : installed
Summary: nvidia kernel module(s)
Use nVidia Display Settings to further configure your driver. Next I will talk about setting twin monitors on Fedora Core 6.
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