Installing Display Drivers on CentOS Linux after installation

Writing by on Thursday, 22 of July , 2010 at 8:51 am

One of the biggest problems with Linux distributions is that if you don’t find the right driver, things may not work very smoothly.

Few things to remember (at least with some NVIDIA drivers) is that they require that you be out of X Server. (Can we make things a little harder?)
I think with ATI, things get more complicated – so good luck! So keep in mind:

Ctrl + Alt + F1 (Get out of X Server)
init 3 (really stop X Server)
init 5 (start X Server)

Ctrl + Alt + Backspace (used to restart the X Server)

So now to install the NVIDIA driver (good luck if you can find it), but if you have a Dell and somehow go to their site and figure out the right video card etc. and manage to get the right driver then here’s what you should do:

Ctrl + Alt + F1
init 3
init 5

Ofcourse, there have to be more problems right? They just can’t simplify things. Does it complain about kernel-devel and kernel-source?
So find out the version of the Kernel

uname -a

To further complicate things and make your life miserable, put back in the Linux CD and browse to the CentOS/RPMs folder and find the kernel-devel-xxxxx.rem and the kernel-smp-xxxxx.rpm

Now repeat these steps after you’ve installed the Source and you should be able to install without problems!

Ctrl + Alt + F1
init 3
init 5

This is pretty much a general idea and should get your driver installed. At least it worked for me!
I really suggest going with the Ubuntu distribution to make your life a little easier, but again Ubuntu has it own set of problems.

But with Linux, don’t mind the problems because – the price is right!

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Shivdev Kalambi is a Software Development Manager, previously a Principal Software Engineer at ArcSight/HP. With over 16 years' experience in software development, he's worked on several technologies and played different roles and contributed to all phases of projects. Non-tech activies include Ping-pong, Rock Climbing and Yoga at PG, Golf, Skiing, Swimming & a beer enthusiast.