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What is xorg-x11-drv-nvidia?

xorg-x11-drv-nvidia is the package which provides the common files required by the NVIDIA driver. Its subpackage, xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs, provides the binary libraries used by the driver.

Installation Instructions

yum install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia

x86_64 users

If you are running x86_64 and want to have 3D acceleration with 32bit applications, you'll need to install the 32bit version of xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs:

yum install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686


After initial driver installation or upon driver upgrades

The NVIDIA driver will be activated after a login / logout cycle, however it is highly recommended that you reboot immediately after initially installing or updating the NVIDIA drivers. Please note that you do not need to run nvidia-xconfig or nvidia-settings to configure your system's xorg.conf after driver installation. xorg.conf and any other applicable files will be edited for you.

Adjusting driver settings

Enabling the driver and basic configuration settings

(This seems decidely out-of-date since livna repository has been fused into rpmfusion; there is no such package; anyone in the know should probably fix or just remove this. See also mention of this in the FAQ)

Run Livna Display Configuration from the System | Administration menu or livna-config-display from the command line.

Detailed driver settings

(On what GUI is this)

Run NVIDIA Display Settings from the Applications | System Tools menu.

Common Problems

Scrolling in Firefox is slow (no 3D)

(This seems decidely out-of-date since livna repository has been fused into rpmfusion)

This often happens when you use nvidia-settings or nvidia-xconfig to configure your xorg.conf without letting livna-config-display do its autoconfiguration first. To fix this, run these two commands:

nvidia-config-display disable
nvidia-config-display enable

Yum gives me a dependency errors about kmod and won't let me update.

This happens when a new kernel has been released, and a matching kmod from RPM Fusion hasn't -- or, vice-versa. Yes it happens, since the cross-repository release sync process is truly powered by VFHB (Very Friendly® Human Beings™). Once both teams have pushed their releases, it may still happen until packages are fully synced across all respective mirrors.

First, try giving it a few hours and if the problems persist, you can also try refreshing yum's cache:

yum clean metadata

Whenever kmod-nvidia is a little earlier than kernel, you may, either :

yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update kernel
yum update kmod-nvidia

yum --exclude *nvidia* update

Whenever kmod-nvidia is, to the opposite, a little late (if you don't use akmod-nvidia), you may, either :

yum --enablerepo=rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing update kmod-nvidia

yum --exclude kernel* update

If after this you still experience problems, please report a bug.


Why should I use this package rather than the ones from nvidia.com?

The packages from nvidia.com have been known to replace libGL, which isn't a problem until you decide to use another X driver or uninstall the NVIDIA driver. The RPM Fusion packages will never overwrite files like this. As well, the drivers packaged at RPM Fusion will make your life a bit easier by letting you grab new kmod through yum or the Software Update tool. A few extra utilities, to ensure that the drivers 'just work' with minimal user interaction (the initscripts, livna-config-display), are also included.

How come my xorg.conf is always getting edited for me ?

This is a known problem, it will be fixed with the introduction of rpmfusion-config-display. In the mean time, if you'd really like to stop the drivers from making changes to your xorg.conf, run the livna-config-display GUI interface and you'll find a checkbutton to disable editing. Alternatively, you can run this command in a terminal:

livna-config-display --active off

How can I tell if I am actually running the RPM Fusion packaged NVIDIA driver ?

cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf | grep Driver
lsmod | grep nvidia

You should see something similar to this (numbers will vary):

Driver     "nvidia"
nvidia 3923388 14

glxinfo | grep direct

You should see:

direct rendering: Yes


A small window will open up showing a rotating cogs animation. Meanwhile, after every 5 seconds, the program displays the number of frames per second, for example (FX5600):

15377 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3075.217 FPS
15400 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3079.943 FPS
15395 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3078.872 FPS

If the animation is choppy or if FPS values are less than 800 FPS, 3D rendering is possibly being done in software. Please remember that glxgears ''is not a benchmark'', and should not be used to evaluate GPU performance.

yum install mesa-demos extremetuxracer xscreensaver-gl-extras

Reporting bugs

If you think you've found a problem and would like to report it, include the following information along with the description of the bug: