[CentOS] C7 and NVIDIA driver

Thu Sep 20 17:49:48 UTC 2018
Yan Li <elliot.li.tech at gmail.com>

On 09/20/2018 07:04 AM, Alessandro Baggi wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm running C7 on i7 8700k/asus z370-a with an GTX1050.
> I noticed that there are several problems installing Nvidia proprietary 
> driver. After one week of troubleshooting I got my solution. Hope that 
> can help other user.
> ... 
> I tried using proprietary driver from nvidia site and from elrepo.

NVIDIA actually releases their drivers in official RPM format for 
RHEL/CentOS. Much easier/faster to use and update than their shell 
script driver. They are in NVIDIA's cuda repo. You can install the repo 
files from here:


Choose "rpm (network)" for the last step to get to the yum repo. I use 
cuda but I think you can just install nvidia-kmod to get the driver only.

A minor problem is that one cuda version and repo are only maintained 
for about half a year, then NVIDIA moves to next version. If you always 
want the latest NVIDIA driver, you might need to change the cuda repo 
URL to point to the latest every year. I only upgrade when TensorFlow 
supports a new version of CUDA.

This may not solve your specific problem. I just think that there's no 
reason to going back to use NVIDIA's clumsy .run driver or any 3rd party 
driver when the official RPMs are easy to use/update.

Yan Li