[SATLUG] Installing a PCI Graphics Card into Fedora 9

Charles Hogan cd_satl at futuretechsolutions.com
Thu Feb 19 14:51:11 CST 2009

John D Choate wrote:
> On Thursday 19 February 2009 13:19:52 Peter Cross wrote:
>> OK to set the record straight... I'm new to Linux and am attempting to bone
>> up on other platforms before beginning cert classes and testing.
>> I'm at the end of my rope! I'm using Fedora 9 with the Amahi Repo to run as
>> a home server for backups, file sharing, FTP, etc. I'm trying to install a
>> graphics card so that I can use my tv as a monitor instead of having to take
>> apart the home computer. The War Department (AKA the missus) has delivered a
>> declaration of hostility to me via a certified ultimatum to get the server
>> up and running or to take it down.
>> The following instructions were provided by nvidia to install a 5200:
>> *STEP 1:* Review the NVIDIA Software
>> License<http://www.nvidia.com/object/nv_swlicense.html>
>> .*(ok... did that)*
>> You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any files.
>> *STEP 2:* Download the Driver File *(easy peasy)*
>> *Download* - NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12.pkg1.run<http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/173.14.12/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12-pkg1.run>
>> SuSE users: please read the SuSE NVIDIA Installer
>> HOWTO<http://www.suse.de/%7Esndirsch/nvidia-installer-HOWTO.html>before
>> downloading the driver.
>> *STEP 3:* Install
>> Type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12-pkg1.run" to install the driver. NVIDIA
>> now provides a utility to assist you with configuration of your X server
>> configuration file<http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/nvidia-xconfig/nvidia-xconfig-1.0.tar.gz>.
>> Please see Chapter 3 of the
>> README<http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/173.14.12/README/chapter-03.html>or
>> run 'man nvidia-xconfig' for details on usage. Instructions for those
>> wishing to edit their X config file by hand can also be found in the
>> README<http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/173.14.12/README/index.html>
>> .*(Not sure what this Means! HELP)*
>> If you have any questions or problems, please check the NVIDIA Linux
>> discussion forum<http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=14>.
>> If you don't find an answer to your question there, you can send email (in
>> English) to linux-bugs at nvidia.com.
>> When emailing linux-bugs at nvidia.com, please attach an nvidia-bug-report.log,
>> which is generated by running "nvidia-bug-report.sh".
>> I've logged in as the root and tried to run the command string but then it
>> states that the "user is not valid"
>> I've gone into the permissions on the file and changed it so that it will
>> run as an executable file.
>> Please help this young Jedi Padawan....
>> -- 
>> Cheers!
>> Peter Cross
>> San Antonio, TX 78233
>> "Experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions"
>> -James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 51
> Ok, to avoid as many problems as possible, this needs to run while an X session is not.
> If you are running KDE or Gnome, logout. Then hit CTRL-ALT-F3 to get to terminal3 (tty3 should be displayed on the screen) and login as root.
> If you use KDE, the type 'killall kdm' or 'pidof kdm' followed by 'kill xxxx' (xxxx being the number shown after typing 'pidof kdm'.) If using Gnome, use the above commands, but with 'gdm' or 'gdm-bin' instead of 'kdm'.
> After killing the desktop manager you might notice the screen change, putting you back to a login prompt. If this happens, press CTRL-ALT-F3 again to return to tty3.
> Next type 'sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12-pkg1.run' to run the nvidia install utility.
> If all goes well, you will be able to type 'kdm' to run kde's display manager, or gdm (or gdm-bin, I forget) for Gnome display manager.
> You will need to have the kernel-source package installed to be able to complete the nvidia utility as well.
> John C.

When in the terminal as root, type in "init 3", (without the quotes), 
and that should shut down the X server.  After installing the driver, 
type "init 5" to restart the X server.

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