Install a new nVidia card on existing Fedora system

I’ve been running Fedora for some time and I am still loving using it. Today I got a used nVidia GTX 650 Ti graphic card from my friend Lance, and I was trying to install it under my existing system structure.

We managed to get the card installed in the PC chassis and connected the power cables with the card and DVI-D cables with the monitor. When system started as normal, the whole monitor was in pink. By using Ctrl+Alt+F2 I switched to command line. The following command:

cd /boot
mkinitrd initramfs-`uname -r`.img

Didn’t work as expected but was necessary. I found that my old /etc/X11/xorg.conf was still there. When I backed it up, removed the file and reboot, the default nouveau driver kicked in and the X window was working.

Nouveau is good for most of users, but it’s not enough for a heavy graphical card user, such as gamers. Based on this article:, we need to install the proprietary nVidia driver.

yum install vdpauinfo libva-vdpau-driver libva-utils akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686

If you use 64 bit of Fedora and want to play 32 bit games, you need to install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686. Reboot.

When system is up,

glxgears -info

will show you which driver you are using.

Previously I installed bumblebee to my system and it was really ugly, so don’t install bumblebee on a desktop! It is designed for laptops.

For Steam users, you may need to issue a command when finishing the steps above to allow games to work with networking.

steam --reset

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