Hardware

How to install NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver in Fedora 11 using yum

Why install this driver?

Your NVIDIA video card will work on your Fedora box without this driver, however if you want to enable the 3D acceleration (if you want to use Compiz Fsuion) you need to install it.

Which driver to use?

The latest nvidia driver: This is a proprietary driver that works with newer nvidia cards.
The legacy nvidia driver: This is also a proprietary driver, but it works with older nvidia cards.
Current list of Legacy NVIDIA drivers:

  • Legacy version (173.xx series)
  • Legacy version (96.xx series)
  • Legacy version (71.xx series) Note: This driver is not available in RPM Fusion repository.

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You need to identify which nvidia driver is ideal for your video card. Open up your terminal and type this command:

How to Check your Hardware Details in Fedora 11

lshw (Hardware Lister) is a small tool to provide detailed information about all hardware in your system.

To install lshw, type this command:

yum -y install lshw lshw-gui

By default lshw command generates a long lists of information about your hardware and you don't even need some of its information. To generate a compact report use "-short" option.

lshw -short

This will give you summarize information about your hardware devices as shown below:

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