Fedora :: Set Up Any NVidia Video Card Properly With The Proprietary Drivers ?

Jan 5, 2009

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NOTICE: Some very old nVidia Video Cards from more than 9 years ago might not work with this way, but just try this method because you'll see if there's a driver available for your video card in Fedora or not.

I have been noticing that it was hard to set up my own NVidia video card, and alot of other people shared the same problem as I had. I have been experimenting with some things, and here's what I did to solve it.

It's fairly easy, anyone can do this. Read and follow these instructions:

Install all updates. Although it seems unimportant, it really is.

Go to [url] and follow the instructions to install the free and nonfree repositories

Go to System > Administration > Add/Remove Software

Search the following: nv

Click everything which has to do with NVidia. Do not check the checkboxes yet, but read the descriptions. If you've found your video card in the description, check the checkbox at the left of the title.

Install the drivers by clicking "Apply" at the bottom of your screen.

After installing, go to Applications > System Tools > nVidia Display Settings

Set the properties of your video card, such as TwinView or higher screen resolutions.

After you've set it up, click Apply to preview your settings. Change some settings if you like, and then click Apply when you're done. DO NOT EXIT YET!

Click "Save to X Confguration File, but do NOT save the file. Click "Show preview..." and copy the text in the preview.

Go to Applications > System Tools > Terminal and type "su". Press Enter and enter the root password.

Now type:

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Select all of the text in the document and delete it. Then, paste the text of the "Save X Configuration" window into the text editor.

Exit out of the terminal.

Exit out of the nVidia Display Settings application. Do not save anything from this application.

Log out and log back in to see the changes.

If you want to change some settings, repeat steps 7 - 16.

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If this doesn't work, run

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