Finally new nVidia drivers (173.14.27) for legacy (GeForce 5xxx) cards!

Proprietary drivers only though.

But at least they are compatible with xorg 1.8 and that means shiny desktop effects within Fedora 13 again for me. I must admit that the nouveau driver has come a long way recently although I never got the desktop effects to run as smoothly as they do with the proprietary drivers. And therefor I’m quite happy with nVidia releasing these drivers.

Since I don’t really mind using them ( and I’m too impatient to wait for RPMFusion to include these drivers into their repository’s 🙂 ) here’s a quick guide on installing these proprietary drivers:

1. get the 173.14.27 drivers:

2. keep nouveau compatibilty [1]

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

3. blacklist the nouveau driver by adding the following lines to your kernel parameters in /etc/grub.conf [1]

rdblacklist=nouveau nomodeset

4. when selinux is enabled, lower the system protection

setsebool -P allow_execstack on

5. make sure you’ve installed the kernel headers (kernel-headers) for your running kernel and a compiler (gcc) [2]

6. reboot to runlevel 3 (reboot, to make sure nouveau is not loaded else the nVidia drivers will fail to install)

7. find the drivers, make them executable (chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.27{-pkg0} or {-pkg1}.run) and run the installer (sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.27{-pkg0} or {-pkg1}.run) and follow the instruction.

8. reboot

9. enjoy

[1] Howto/nVidia

[2] Fedora Nvidia Driver Install Guide

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