How to install NIVIDIA drivers on Fedora 17

Recently i felt the need to upgrade the video card to an NVIDIA GT610 on my Fedora 17 system and with that thought installing the proprietary drivers might be a good idea. Lucky for me rpmfusion provides the drivers I am looking for installation.

First step is to make sure your are at the latest kernel, so run

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

and reboot after completed.

Second step is to make sure rpmfusion repository is on your system which it should be if you followed any other posts, but if not then run.

$ sudo yum --nogpgcheck install

Third step is to make sure you card is on the supported list here.

Fourth step is to install the drivers, now I am currently running x64 version of Fedora so the syntax is

sudo yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.x86_64

For 32 bit:

sudo yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686

For PAE enabled kernel

$ sudo yum install kmod-nvidia-PAE

Fifth step is to remove Open Source driver (nouveau)

$ su
$ mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-nouveau.img
$ dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

Final step is to reboot and enjoy the NVIDIA driver!


5 Responses to “How to install NIVIDIA drivers on Fedora 17”

  1. Tompkins says:

    Can you access the nvidia settings application when you install this? Also, how did you know what nvidia driver version this packaged to get the list of compatible cards. I would be interested to figure out how to get that list updated over time, since I am not sure what card to get for my new build. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. yan says:


    I have exactly the same config, and it worked just fine.

    thank you.

  3. alex says:

    Someone needs to bomb nvidia for being such a pain in the ass!!!

    • newlife007 says:

      Really they should work more on getting the nouveau driver working and then the built in drivers will be able to handle the 3D functionality of the NVIDIA cards.

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