I'm trying to install the developer drivers on my ASUS N53SM-ES72 laptop, which has the Core i7-2670QM Sandy Bridge Processor and a GT 630M.

I've done a full installation of Fedora 16, with no dual-booting. When I execute lspci | grep -i VGA I get:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation 
Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0de9 (rev a1)

Notice that even though an Nvidia card is listed, it cannot name it.

I've attempted to install the developer drivers with a mixture of the following guides:

I have ran the installer, but when I reboot, GNOME will not load up.

How do I know if my card is even supported by the developer driver?


You have optimus technology in your laptop; that's means you got two graphics cards and you'll need to struggle a bit to let it work nicely in Fedora, using a project called bumblebee.

First read Fedora own wiki page for some preliminary informations; unfortunately it relies on free open source nouveau driver, as Fedora wont ship directly proprietary binary drivers.

So next step is going through this guide, with which you will end with a working dual configuration using both nouveau and nvidia proprietary driver, shipped via rpmfusion (no need to read this one, but can be useful if it's first time you use rpmfusion akmod drivers); be sure to also read comments, in particular the comment by Tomash Brechko, which is needed with kernels >= 3.3 Unfortunately again, some manual intervention is needed (as of writing) each time a new kernel/kernel driver is released.

  • Thanks. I actually decided on using that one guide in your answer a while back ago, and it works perfectly :) – sj755 May 28 '12 at 7:46

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