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How to Install Nvidia Drivers on Redhat/Centos 7 - Step by Step guide

  1. Nvidia needs "Development Tools" installed, if you installed it during RHEL installation, you're good, if you didn't, then execute the following commands:
  2. [root@localhost rpmbuild]# yum groups mark install "Development Tools" [root@localhost rpmbuild]# yum groups mark convert "Development Tools"
    [root@localhost rpmbuild]# yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
  3. Install Kernel Devel and Kernel headers
         yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms
  4. Now run the following to get to know your Graphics Card (if you already know you can skip this part)
    lspci -nn | grep VGA
  5. Now download the appropriate driver from NVIDIA Downloads
  6. Open “/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf” and add "blacklist nouveau" to the file (if it doesn't exist then create it)
  7. Create a new initramfs and take a backup of the existing one (this might not be needed as i think NVIDIA installer already does this, do it regardless)
    mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img.bak  
    dracut -v /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
  8. Reboot your computer and login again
  9. Open a terminal and type:
    init 3
  10. Login as root, navigate to the folder where you have downloaded NVIDIA installer file and do the following:
    chmod 755 (NVIDIA installer filename)
    ./(NVIDIA Installer Filename)
  11. Go through the NVIDIA installer prompts, you can choose to install 32 bit libraries, but do save the X configurations at the end.
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