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Nvidia GTK970, Nouveau driver, and black sceen of death!

asked 2017-08-01 10:39:17 +0000

Sardathrion gravatar image

The GTX 970 + 4GB VRAM fails at secboot bug appears to be finally fixed… Yet, it does not seem that the 4.12 kernel is available on F24/25/26

In the interest of saving myself some hassle: Has anyone tried to either update or install Fedora 25/26 with this card?

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4.12 should be available in Fedora 26 soon, it has already been in testing, but was pushed back https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updat...

ozeszty ( 2017-08-01 11:36:06 +0000 )edit

@ozeszty Well, this is a better news but still frustrating. Been stuck on F24 for months because of that stupid bug… ☹

Sardathrion ( 2017-08-01 13:49:28 +0000 )edit

F26, Kernel 4.11.11-300, nvidia proprietary 384.59 on Gtx 970. Used dkms during driver install, never a problem with kernel updates, or upgrading from f25 to f26. I need 24/7 access and stability, so proprietary is what i chose.

steveebey73742 ( 2017-08-01 14:04:46 +0000 )edit

@Sardathrion, there's a couple of ways to use newer kernels earlier, but if you have already waited that long, postpone upgrade to F26 until you see that it has 4.12 released: https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packag...

If you want to make a clean install, wait for appropriate respin ISO or create one yourself.

@steveebey73742 the beauty of software freedom... (I mean variety, not nvidias' blob ;) )

ozeszty ( 2017-08-01 18:30:33 +0000 )edit

@steveebey73742 Do you have installation how to? I'm still on F24 due to that nouveau bug…

Sardathrion ( 2017-08-02 08:35:51 +0000 )edit

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answered 2017-08-02 12:02:43 +0000

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updated 2018-02-21 15:41:39 +0000

Step by step install for nvidia proprietary (update, new nvidia driver, changed all 390.25)

Download driver from here and select the NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.25.run

Ctrl-Alt-F2 to tty terminal login as root

dnf install dkms acpid kernel-devel-$(uname -r) kernel-headers-$(uname -r) gcc

if any of the stuff is already installed, then it will say so, and install only what is missing. this will allow future kernel updates to compile and build driver modules.

change to folder you saved driver in

chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.25.run

./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.25.run -Z (the -Z tells the installer to disable nouveau. only run once and not needed if you upgrade to newer driver later) when prompted to use dkms select yes. when asked about 32 bit compatibility, say yes, if you want to run any 32 bit apps, or no it not. after kernel build takes place, will ask about xconfig, i say yes, and it does make a backup. reboot Enjoy!!

Now, when you download kernel updates, there will be a long pause, around 3 minutes to rebuild the driver, for the new kernal. The pause comes durring the kernel update, when it installs the kernel-devel for the new kernel. DO NOT PANIC. AFTER IT BUILDS THE NEW KERNEL THE KERNEL UPDATE CONTINUES AS NORMAL. I run sudo nvidia-installer --sanity anytime opengl library files get updated, and if any have changed, just repeat the steps shown to reinstall with the updated library files. These steps have taken me from F24-F25-F26. The only strange thing, when I went F25-F26, dkms kept the copy of the F25 driver, so I just manually reinstalled per the steps, on F26. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the faster graphics capability.

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I seem to remember having to disable nouveau in grub… Still the case?

Sardathrion ( 2017-08-02 13:57:13 +0000 )edit

No. Grub no longer needs the blacklist command on the linux command line. the only issue i have is the boot splash can not get a frame-buffer, so you get the text dots while it boots. I think the 970 is the problem, as nvidia had a class action settlement last year for 970 owners. not got any money from them yet, but maybe someday.

steveebey73742 ( 2017-08-02 15:52:46 +0000 )edit

Class action suite? Any link?…

Sardathrion ( 2017-08-04 15:22:30 +0000 )edit

This is the link Looks like November of 2016 was the claim deadline to get money. $30.00 USD was the settlement, per video card purchased.

steveebey73742 ( 2017-08-04 20:01:56 +0000 )edit

Ran the DNF command and got: No package kernel-devel-4.5.7-300.fc24.x86_64 available. and No package kernel-headers-4.5.7-300.fc24.x86_64 available. This does not look good… ☹

Sardathrion ( 2017-08-24 14:35:49 +0000 )edit

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