I downloaded Fedora and created a bootable USB following the official guide. When I boot from USB the system starts loading and the "F" icon completes. Immediately after that I get into console mode and receive the message that an error had occurred.

Journalctl states : [nouveau] boot pointer to tmds table invalid.
I found out that this is a nouveau graphics drivers error message.

How do I replace the prepackaged drivers to proceed with the installation?
I've searched the forum and Google for solutions, but haven't found any actually.

  • Noveau is built into the kernel. You won't be able to replace it. – Sokel May 28 '16 at 21:13

You cannot replace the built-in nouveau drivers, but you can deactivate them on system startup.

Boot from the Fedora installation medium, select the Start Fedora entry.
Press the E key and add the boot parameter nouveau.modeset=0.
Press Ctrl + X to boot into Fedora Live ... perform the installation.

Once it's finished, reboot and select the Fedora entry in the boot menu.
Press the E key and add the boot parameter nouveau.modeset=0.
Press Ctrl + X to boot into the installed Fedora operating system.

Log in - open a terminal and execute : sudo vi /etc/default/grub

Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rhgb quiet",
so that it reads : GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rhgb quiet nouveau.modeset=0"

Save the changed file and execute one of these two commands to update the GRUB configuration :

sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg (Fedora installation in EFI mode)
sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg (Fedora installation in legacy BIOS mode)

Reboot the system, now you are using the intel graphics and the nouveau drivers are deactivated. You don't have to add the parameter any longer - alternatively install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers.


Please check you MD5 hash checksum iso before burn into CD or create bootable USB.

You can follow the official guide line here https://getfedora.org/en/verify and make sure download ISO file from https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/ or you can try Fedora 24 which is Beta development and need to be tested

I'm using Fedora 23 and have 2 gpu and using Bumblebee

$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 640M] (rev a1)

I also using bootable USB with Fedora-Live-Workstation-x86_64-23-10.iso as installer and It worked without problem. I create bootable USB using Rufus from my Windows 10 environment (I have dual boot OS).

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