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ATI/NVIDIA FC5 How-To

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Published on 25 March 2006 01:00 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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Chitlesh Goorah has posted his second how-to guide for Fedora Core 5 and how to properly get the proprietary ATI and NVIDIA graphics modules working under Fedora Core 5. Chitlesh basically mentions that the stock kernel that had accidentally shipped with Fedora 5 Bordeaux contains the bug that doesn't allow any non-GPL modules to load, some update the kernel and then use the Livna repositories for the drivers. When it comes to Livna, many Fedora users have been satisfied with the RPMs available from there, but of course upon each of the new driver releases they usually lag behind by a few days.

At this point in time, using NVIDIA's 1.0-8178 driver package, they will not function with Fedora Core 5 unless applying the various patches to the driver, and the ATI v8.23.7 drivers have issues detecting X.Org v7.0.0. As mentioned in a previous post the 1.0-8751 Beta drivers from NVIDIA that we managed to gain press access to, have had no troubles installing under Fedora Core 5. The new NVIDIA drivers should be out sometime early next month. Meanwhile with ATI drivers, we anticipate that improved Fedora Core 5 support with the standard Linux installer will be integrated into their drivers within the next couple of releases.

For those facing difficulties using Livna and Fedora for drivers, Chitlesh Goorah's guide is available here.


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