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Undertand information about nvidia drivers , supported chips etc

asked 2018-02-16 18:30:57 -0500

christianbueno gravatar image

updated 2018-02-16 20:31:18 -0500

hello pals help me to understand the important information about this issues.
My system
Fedora 27 workstation (gnome ), kernel 4.14.18-300 .
Graphics card

[bruce@localhost ~]$ /sbin/lspci |grep -e VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF119 [GeForce GT 610] (rev a1)

On rpmfusion , how we can check which series is recommended for my card?.
What "supported chips" means?. Is it about the chip inside the graphic card?.
What means a full reboot?
Based on the above information and from nvidia website I know my series is GeForce 600 .
Now , How this information is useful? I can't see any there for me that help me to select the best driver version. image description

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answered 2018-02-17 05:13:33 -0500

Will try to answer the questions inline.

On rpmfusion , how we can check which series is recommended for my card?.

In the Current GeForce/Quadro/Tesla of the RPMFusoin link it is stated This driver is suitable for any GPU found in 2010 and later. If that matches your hardware, go for this option.
I must admit it is not very clear and one needs to know some details about the hardware.

What "supported chips" means?. Is it about the chip inside the graphic card?.

The content of this link is provided by Nvidia and lists all supported Nvidia graphics cards for a specific driver version, in this case 367.57. The second column shows the PCI ID of the card which identifies the hardware. With lspci these IDs are normally translated into human readable text, but the PCI ID should show up if your enter the command as follows.

lspci -n -s 01:00.0

So, yes this is about the chip inside the graphics card.

What means a full reboot?

Hm, well, it means reboot of your PC going through BIOS and loading the new kernel and initramfs. I guess some people might only hibernate or similar.

Based on the above information and from nvidia website I know my series is GeForce 600 . Now, how this information is useful?

As already mentioned above, the RPMFusion site does not very clearly outline the graphics card versions and is very confusing.

Maybe best would be to lookup the latest driver version at nvidia.com directly. Then double check the version that is provided by RPMFusion.
There is also a good Fedora Nvidia Guide which does not make use of RPMFusion.
Depending on your needs it might work better?

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I would like to know about the second and third column of the image , 0DE7? and C?

christianbueno gravatar imagechristianbueno ( 2018-02-17 09:06:45 -0500 )edit

For VDPAU and concerning PCI IDs, taken from here: It is used in various programs (e.g., The PCI Utilities) to display full human-readable names instead of cryptic numeric codes.

thomaswood gravatar imagethomaswood ( 2018-02-17 10:05:28 -0500 )edit

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