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How To Install Nvidia Drivers on Fedora 20 Dell M1530

This post covers how to install the latest nvidia drivers on a Dell M1530 laptop running Fedora 20.

Find out what chipset you are running.

$ lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G84M [GeForce 8600M GT] (rev a1)

Update to the latest kernel and SELinux and reboot

$ sudo yum update kernel* selinux-policy*
$ reboot

Install RPMFusion
$ su -c ‘yum localinstall –nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm’

Install Nvidia Drivers
$ sudo yum install kmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs acpid

Backup old initramfs nouveau image
$ sudo mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img

Create new initramfs image
$ dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
$ reboot

Uninstall nVidia proprietary drivers on Fedora 20 “Heisenbug” and enable the nouveau driver

$ sudo yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia\* nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig

Remove / disable nVidia drivers from kernel initramfs
Backup old initramfs nvidia image

$ sudo mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nvidia.img

Create new initramfs image
$ sudo dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

Then Reboot System
$ sudo reboot

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