Living with EL6: Installing Nvidia drivers using elrepo

First, enable elrepo:

rpm –import http://elrepo.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-elrepo.org

rpm -Uvh http://elrepo.org/elrepo-release-6-3.el6.elrepo.noarch.rpm

Next, install kmod-nvidia:

yum –enablerepo=elrepo install kmod-nvidia nvidia-x11-drv-32bit

According to what I read, that should be enough.  However, I also had to disable the nouveau driver by editing /boot/grub/menu.lst and adding the following to the end of the kernel line:

rdblacklist=nouveau

That’s it.  Just reboot and enjoy.

If you’re not familiar with elRepo, it’s pretty cool.  You can read all about it here.  The short version is that it is a helpfui set of repositories that work for CentOS/Scientific Linux/RHEL 5.x and 6.  The repos exist only to enhance the stock EL kernels with new hardware drivers.

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