Fedora 33, Nvidia and Blank Screens
If Not True Then False published very detailed instructions on howto install NVIDIA proprietary drivers on Fedora 33/32/31/30/29 and disable the Nouveau driver.
And although I was (at least I thought, I was) following the instructions closely, I wasn’t able to install the drivers. The installer was always blanking the screen and stalling, forcing me to reboot the machine. As this was not related to the issue of the screen blanking after installing and rebooting (GDM related, IIRC), for which there was an abundance of postings and rants available online, DuckDuckGo and Google were not of much help.
After much headscratching, commandline-options combining and documentation reading, I found a pointer to /var/log/nvidia-installer.log, the nvidia-installer log file. And lo and behold, this file was a lot more helpful, then the black screen of the installer. It clearly stated:
NVIDIA driver appears to have been installed previously using a different installer.
… To uninstall the package, use the following command:
sudo yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia\* kmod-nvidia\*
And suprisingly, a yum list installed | grep -i nvidia confirmed the installers diagnosis. For some obscure reason, I still had some nvidia drivers installed.
yum remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia* yum remove nvidia-settings.x86_64
and a reboot later – suprise, surprise – suddenly the installer worked like a charm and dropped the most recent Nvidia drivers into my laptop.
Since then, I enjoy a much smoother, more responsive and quieter (much less fan noise from the CPU) Fedora 33 desktop experience.