Nvidia proprietary driver installation
This is outdated since Qubes 1.0-rc1 as nvidia binary driver isn't compatible with vanilla kernel under Xen.
The NVIDIA proprietary driver works much more stable than nouveau, so it's good idea to install it.
There are rpm packages with all necessary software on rpmfusion. The only package you have to compile is kernel module (but there is ready src.rpm package).
You will need any Fedora 13 system to download and build packages. You can use Qubes Dom0 for it, but it isn't necessary. To download packages from rpmfusion - add this repository to your yum configuration (instructions are on their website). After then download packages using yumdownloader:
yumdownloader --resolve xorg-x11-drv-nvidia livna-config-display yumdownloader --source nvidia-kmod
Build kernel package
You will need at least rpmbuild tool, and then you can use it to build package:
yum install rpm-build rpmbuild --rebuild nvidia-kmod-260.19.36-1.fc13.3.src.rpm
Most likely it will complain about missing dependencies - install it and rerun rpmbuid. If everything went right, you have now complete packages with nvidia drivers for Qubes system. Transfer them to dom0 (eg using USB stick), install and reboot the system.
But this is somehow complicated: First - download it from nvidia.com site. Here "NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.44.run" is used. Copy it to dom0. Every next step is done in dom0.
See this page for instruction on how to transfer files to Dom0 (where there is normally no networking).
WARNING: Nvidia doesn't sign their files. To make it worse, you are forced to download them over a plaintext connection. This means there are virtually dozens of possibilities for somebody to modify this file and provide you with a malicious/backdoored file. You should realize that installing untrusted files into your Dom0 is really a bad idea. Perhaps it might be a better idea to just get a new laptop with integrated Intel GPU? You have been warned, anyway.
Install libraries, Xorg driver, configuration utilities. This can by done by nvidia-installer:
./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.44.run --ui=none --no-x-check --keep --no-nouveau-check --no-kernel-module
You will need:
- nvidia kernel module sources (left from previous step)
- kernel-devel package installed
- gcc, make, etc
This installation must be done manually, because nvidia-installer refused to install it on Xen kernel. Firstly ensure that kernel-devel package installed all needed files. This should consists of:
- /lib/modules/126.96.36.199-12.xenlinux.qubes.x86_64/build symlinked to the above directory
- /usr/src/kernels/188.8.131.52-12.xenlinux.qubes.x86_64/arch/x64/include/mach-xen should be present (if not - take it from kernel sources)
If it is not true - correct it manually. To build kernel module, enter NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-260.19.44/kernel directory and execute:
make IGNORE_XEN_PRESENCE=1 CC="gcc -DNV_VMAP_4_PRESENT -DNV_SIGNAL_STRUCT_RLIM" make -f Makefile.kbuild mv /lib/modules/184.108.40.206-12.xenlinux.qubes.x86_64/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.ko /lib/modules/220.127.116.11-12.xenlinux.qubes.x86_64/extra/
Ignore error while inserting nvidia.ko (at the end of make phase). Now you should disable nouveau:
cat /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-disable.conf # blacklist isn't enough... install nouveau /bin/true
Add rdblacklist=nouveau option to /boot/grub/menu.lst (at the end of line containing vmlinuz).
After all, you should configure Xorg to use nvidia driver. You can use nvidia-xconfig or do it manually:
X -configure mv /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf # replace Driver in Device section by "nvidia"
Now you should reboot the system.