Issues With NVidia Video Driver And CentOS

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I’m having issues with a quad video card on CentOS.

We have several systems on CentOS 6.8 and CentOS 6.9. The installed hardware is:

Video card – Nvidia NVS quadro 440
PC – Dell OptiPlex 9020

Whenever you update the kernel, it kills the graphical interface. The system appears to lock up and freeze during a reboot, but you can still get into it with SSH, or, if you’re at the console, control-alt-F2 gets you to a command prompt.

If you exclude the kernel update when applying yum update, it is usually fine. If the kernel update is applied, and you roll back the update, that sometimes gets you back into the graphical console, but more likely than not, it won’t.

Not sure where to go with this.

Any suggestions?


12 thoughts on - Issues With NVidia Video Driver And CentOS

  • I think that it is more about the card than the kernel. You may try to install different card to test. I would report that to Nvidia. You may also try how it works in CentOS 7. Time to move on? I also use 6.9 but in plain configuration.

    Mikhail Utin

  • Which version of the driver? How did you install it?

    If you’re not already using it, I heartily recommend using the ELRepo repository, We have several dozen CO 6.9 machines with various Nvidia cards and except for a recent version that had an issue with DVI connections (not the repository’s fault), we haven’t had any problems.

  • We do have the elrepo drivers installed. Maybe part of the problem is also that we’re using an IOgear KVM switch?

  • I’m trying to reinstall the elrepo drivers. Removed the existing elrepo drivers Downloaded the following elrepo drivers:

    nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm kmod-nvidia-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-32bit-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm

    that first one appears to have a dependency on “NVidia-x11-drv-304xx 304.135” and I can’t find that package anywhere – I’ve checked CentOS base, the EPEL repositories, and the elrepo repositories, RPMfind.

    Do you know where I can find it?


  • I’m on a network that is disconnected from the internet; makes things kind of awkward sometimes. We have some internal repositories that are supposed to mirror CentOS, and EPEL – don’t have one (that I’m aware of) that mirrors elrepo. But it looks like it’s looking for just that one package; if that’s all I
    need to get these installed, then hopefully this can be wrapped up.

  • Thing is, what you’ve posted makes no sense to me.

    In short, you’re saying that nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm requires NVidia-x11-drv-304xx = 304.135

    I find this hard to believe, given you’re really saying it requires itself.

    How about you don’t summarise what you’ve done, but download again the files you think you need, and paste actual output when you get errors.


  • As John said, you are mistaken:

    $ rpm -qp –requires nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm
    /usr/bin/python config(nvidia-x11-drv-304xx) = 304.135-1.el6.elrepo grubby grubby
    nvidia-304xx-kmod = 304.135
    nvidia-304xx-kmod = 304.135
    pyxf86config pyxf86config rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) < = 3.0.4-1 rpmlib(FileDigests) <= 4.6.0-1 rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1 xorg-x11-server-Xorg <= 1.19.99 rpmlib(PayloadIsXz) <= 5.2-1 Just ‘cd’ to the directory where you have place the 3 RPMs you mentioned earlier: nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm kmod-nvidia-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-32bit-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm and install them with yum: yum install nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm kmod-nvidia-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-32bit-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm and you are done. There are no additional dependencies that are not in CentOS.

  • Oh, this might be the issue – yum says it can’t open
    “nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm” – let me download it again and see what happens.

    Are there md5 hash sums on these files?

  • $ md5sum nvidia-x11-drv-304xx-304.135-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm