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RE: fedora 9 and an nvidia 7200gs video card

Thanks for this info:

Unfortunately, once I installed the rpmfusion yum configuration files, and search for the kmod-nvidia package as indicated on the howto page, I didn't find any packages.

Oh well I also discovered that it helps to make sure the card itself is firmly seated in the pci slot. I opened the case up again this morning and made sure it was seated firmly, and reran /sbin/lspci and this time it showed the nvidia geforce 72 card :-)

I manually edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf and changed the driver from radeon to vesa and now I can at least get into gnome using startx.

-----Original Message-----
From: Veli-Pekka Kestilä [mailto:fedora guagua fi]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 8:05 AM
To: Community assistance, encouragement, and advice for using Fedora.
Subject: Re: fedora 9 and an nvidia 7200gs video card

Tosh wrote:
> Don Raikes wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have fedora 9 installed on my gateway desktop and it was working 
>> fine except for the fact that my video card died.
>> I just installed a new nvidia 7200gs card (the nvidia 84000gs card 
>> wouldn't fit).
>> Now when I try to run gnome, I get a message saying no devices were 
>> found. I am assuming I need to install some drivers, but cannot find 
>> any for linux 32-bit.
>> Does anyone know where those pesky drivers are?
> First login in runtime 3 and edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
> The line Containing should be changed to "Driver vesa" (no quotes needed)
> Now you reboot (or restart X) and login, you will be able to run an X 
> environment, but you will nog have any drm or 3d support
> For that download your driver at :
> http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
> yum install kernel-devel
> and then run the file downloaded from nvidia
> I seem never to have any luck being able to use the standard yum 
> procedure, the above works always for me, but adds more work as you 
> need to do this every time your kernel changes
Wouldn't it be just better to use the rpmfusion packaged ones. And I 
even remember there have been mentioned on this list that the driver 
directly from nvidia can break things in your system.

Just install the rpmfusion:

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

And use instructions in here to install the correct driver for your 
card. http://rpmfusion.org/Howto/nVidia

I have never had problems with rpmfusion drivers except that they 
usually update for the new kernel day or two later than it's out for 
fedora, but I have been able to live with that. And as extra benefit you 
can just uninstall them with yum when there is some problems.


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