Complete noobie to Fedora on a Dell Workstation with nvidia issues

I was looking through and could not see that this specific issue has come up with regards to Fedora 33 freezing on the screen, with the computer moving super slow typically when I have gnome open. The crash reports pointed to the graphics card, and I went through all of the rpmfusion configuration steps.

Now that I am on to the driver installation for nvidia I am lost. I don’t see my card on the list I have the line from the system profile pasted below.

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [NVS 300] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
It is using the nouveau kernel driver

I can’t find a GT218 on the driver list for rpmfusion. Am I stuffed and should move on from Fedora? Or more likely I would hope I am so new at this I am not even reading the graphics card information correctly.

Thank you for your patience and input.

Quick update. I think if I’m reading it right, from the VGA report I have a NVIDIA NVS 300 and if that is correct the according to rpmfusion’s list. The unified driver does not support it but the 340.xx driver will support it because NVS 300 shows up all the way at the end.

Do I have any of the right? If so, what do I do now?

Nvidia no longer supports cards with the 340 driver and they are also not available from rpmfusion for the newer kernels. Your card is an NVS 300 and nvidia lists it as supported by the 340 driver. If you have the rpmfusion repo enabled you can try installing the 340 driver from rpmfusion with a command such as dnf install '*nvidia*340*' . There are no guarantees it will work due to the age of the card, the lack of current support for those cards, and the newer kernels. I believe even the 390 driver is sadly lacking good support. I am not aware of the status of support for those cards with the default open source nouveau driver in fedora.

Could you elaborate on the rest of your computer? Maybe it has integrated Intel graphics which work a lot better on Linux.

@computersavvy thanks for clarifying the card. It sounds like on that front if I want reliability I should get a new video card. May need to think that over, that’s new territory for me.

@eriba1adad can you elaborate? I can see a serial port that appears to be on the motherboard and not a card. Is that what you mean?

Apologies if I am painfully new at this.

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@computersavvy HA! 340 killed my Fedora install, I have a screen with a frown telling me that I need to contact a Sys Admin.

So, I like Fedora, it feels to be the least obtrusive Linux distro I have played with. I also like my old system since it has all the memory I need for my research. It seems that this old video card is the issue.

I don’t really care about gaming so I just need something that will support dual monitors for my workflow, there is too much choice on video cards, and can’t reason spending over $100 for what I use it for. I am simple I just want it to work with dual monitors on Fedora and have CUDA available so I can cluster on the GPU(s) when needed. Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you again for your time!

No real recommendations. Basically you have a choice of nvidia or radeon. I prefer nvidia. With the 5.8 kernels my GTX 1050 would support dual monitors (one HDMI and one DP) but with the 5.9 kernels it no longer will do so. Maybe someone else can suggest a card known to support dual monitors. There are a lot of older video cards that are < $200 but for your dual monitor use I don’t know what is available. I think any of the newer nvidia cards can support cuda with the nvidia drivers and xorg*nvidia drivers from rpmfusion. Mine is a GTX 1050 and it runs cuda with no problems.

The only guideline I would suggest is make certain you get a card that is supported by the latest nvidia drivers so it will continue to have current drivers.

I have been told the GTX 1660 runs dual monitors on fedora but have not tried it myself. There are a lot of video cards on ebay for < $150. Caveat emptor.

Since you need CUDA there’s no painless alternative to using an Nvidia card with the proprietary driver. Any used one starting with Maxwell generation (900 series) (for not being too old) you can find and afford should suffice. See a list of supported GPUs here.

All retail cards should provide dual or triple monitor setups, by the way.

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@computersavvy Thanks for the details! The overload of choice is a bit much.

@eriba1adad Thanks for the idea on used, the systems itself is a refurb so that would make it feel at home :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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