Installation of Fedora 33 with Nvidia drivers from start

Hi there, I am trying to install Fedora 33 on one of our desktops for a long time with no success. the reason is because it has a dedicated nvidia card and the systems locks up very quickly before I can install the rpmfusion repo’s.

Basically it freezes very quickly before I can do anything. I know its the GPU because I have tested this.

I wanted to know is there a way to install the nvidia drivers during the install or perhaps another way without booting into fedora, ?

Further to this sometimes i cannot even boot into the fedora system with this card.

The card is an Nvidia GTX 660 (quite dated)

I would like to disconnect the GPU temporarily and run off the CPU intergrated graphics (it’s a K model i5 3570K) but unfortunatly the motherboard does not come with a HDMI port and I dont have a display port available.

How about boot to text mode, enable to repo, install the required driver packages then start GDM.

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Yes I actually did it! To be precise I booted from the live USB installer into compatibility mode.

Then I ran through the entire nvidia install process step by step.

I would like to explain how I did it in another post so other desktop users can install Fedora and other rpm RHEL based (rpm) systems who may have an old nvidia card. Mine is about 2012 I believe so not too old.

Finally its working!

how to we boot to text mode by the way?

You can refer to this link: Working with the GRUB 2 Boot Loader :: Fedora Docs

add this parameter to the boot entry during boot time:

systemd.unit=multi-user.target
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thanks a lot.

By the way for some reason it was a lot easier to boot into legacy, does this mean a 2K or 4K screen wont work very well ?

Also do you know how to customise the grub menu?

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The above link is part of:
https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/fedora/rawhide/system-administrators-guide/kernel-module-driver-configuration/Working_with_the_GRUB_2_Boot_Loader/#sec-Introduction_to_GRUB_2

Instructions on How to add/remove/change Grub2 menu entries can be found there.

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Do you mean Legacy in BIOS boot mode instead of UEFI boot mode? I am sorry that I am not sure about that.

Is this solved? If yes, please mark the right post as the answer. (There’s no need to add “[solved]” to the topic on discourse).

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yes solved thank you Francisco, my mistake, corrected now

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Booting into legacy or UEFI from the live install USB is really quite simple.

When booting select the proper mode from the bios boot menu. It should show the USB twice, once with just the usb and once with a uefi overlay. If you select the one with uefi overlay it will boot into uefi mode and vice versa. The install will be performed in whichever mode you booted.

As far as the 2K or 4K screen, that depends on the GPU and drivers, not the boot mode.

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