I have an old computer with an nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 graphics card.

On Fedora 20 I have a selection of three nVidia drivers from the RPM Fusion repos:

  • kmod-nvidia
  • kmod-nvidia-173xx
  • kmod-nvidia-304xx

I'd use the akmod packages, but that's beside the point. So, for this old graphics card, which driver should I use? Or should I stick with the nouveau drivers?


The nVidia howto from RPM Fusion says:

GeForce 2 through GeForce 4

Supported up to Fedora 14 - EOL, no more nvidia updates

yum install akmod-nvidia-96xx "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"
yum update -y

"What's a legacy driver?" from the nVidia website says:

The 96.43.xx driver supports the following set of GPUs:

Note: Support for the 96.43.xx series is discontinued. No further releases from this series are planned.

NVIDIA chip name              Device PCI ID
GeForce4 MX 440               0x0171
GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X    0x0181

Your video card is a GeForce 4 and you're running Fedora 20, so it looks like your only option is the nouveau driver.

  • Can I use one of the newer drivers with the old graphics card, perhaps? Nouveau seems to ne somewhat of a catch-all for old adapters... – polemon Aug 4 '14 at 2:09
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    What do you mean? The set of drivers is split between generations and because your video card is from an old generation, nVidia doesn't support it anymore. Except perhaps some issues and less speed for 3D acceleration, the nouveau driver is a good alternative. – Cristian Ciupitu Aug 4 '14 at 8:57
  • @polemon, is my answer still not clear enough? – Cristian Ciupitu Aug 5 '14 at 0:57

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