Saturday, 9 April 2016

Fedora: The nouveau kernel driver is currently in use by your system

When attempting to install the official NVIDIA drivers for my graphics card I received the following message during the installation:

'The nouveau kernel driver is currently in use by your system'

The nouveau driver is built into the kernel and is an attempt by the open-source community to build a unified driver that will support a wide range of NVIDIA cards.

In order to install the official drivers we must firstly disable or rather ensure the nouveau module is not loaded into the kernel at startup.

To do this we can simply make an exclusion:

sudo vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

and add:

blacklist nouveau

Rebuild the init ram disk with something like:

mkinitrd /boot/initramfs-4.2.3-300.fc23.x86_64.img 4.2.3-300.fc23.x86_64

and simply reboot and attempt the installation again.

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