Ivan Tomica

Fedora 22 and Nvidia proprietary drivers

This blog post will talk about how to set up Nvidia proprietary drivers on your Fedora 22 Workstation, or at least how I did it ;-)


1. Detect your Nvidia card model:

lspci |grep -i VGA

2. Switch to root (or execute rest of the commands with sudo priviledges:


3. Update your system and reboot after that:

dnf update -y

4. Enable RPM Fusion repositories:

dnf install -y https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-22.noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-22.noarch.rpm

5. Install Nvidia drivers (8 + series of cards are supported):

dnf install -y akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs kernel-devel acpid

6. Backup old initramfs image:

mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-old.img

7. And generate new one:

dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

8. Reboot and enjoy ;-)

Sysadmin on the everlasting journey of learning.


  1. Luke

    2015-08-03 - 20:27

    Didn’t worked for me…. :s
    F22 kernel 4.1.3-200.fc22.x86_64 KDE 5.11

    Plasma started to show errors when I tryed to login. Couldn’t reach the desktop. So….

    dnf remove *nvidia*

    and restored initramfs-* backup files!

    • Ivan Tomica

      2015-08-03 - 20:35

      Are you using dedicated Nvidia card or you have some sort of hybrid graphics like optimus?

      Only thing I can suggest to you now is to install official nvidia drivers:

      1. Download them from their website https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
      2. Boot into single user mode
      3. Log in and run their program with “sh /path/to/NVIDIA-xxxxxx.RUN
      4. Follow their install wizard.

      Hopefully that works for you.

    • xpuj

      2015-08-14 - 15:26

      Same for me.

  2. Sam

    2015-08-10 - 21:26

    I started to have nvidia driver problem since kernel 4.0.8 update; the kernel 4.0.7 works fine. I have had both RPM Fusion repositories enabled, and the driver simply does not work in 4.0.8 and 4.1.3. My graphics card is Nvidia GT 8800.

    • Ivan Tomica

      2015-08-10 - 21:49

      In the meantime I had some problems with them too so I decided to just go with an option of installing their official drivers (see comment above for instructions). After I installed their driver I haven’t had any problems with drivers anymore, downside is that you need to update them manually. :-/

  3. Sergio

    2015-08-25 - 05:15

    It worked with a Gigabyte GeForce 970GTX G1 Gaming. Diferent from other tutorials, you’re very objetive. Congrats! Installed Fedora 22 today. I’ll keep an eye on your blog. Thanks a lot!!!!

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