For those who have every tried to get NVIDIA or AMD Drivers working in Linux, know that its a complete pain to do. Hopefully this guide will clear things up a bit.
I have a base system with a Gigabyte Xeon D Motherboard along with a Gigabyte NVIDIA 1070 Card for us in ZCash Mining. My first step was to install CentOS 7. I chose to use the Net Install ISO “burned” to a thumb drive, which I then booted from and installed the OS. Be sure to run an update and reboot before starting the below directions.
Next I download NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.66.run from the Nvidia Website and copied it to my Linux Server.
First install the prerequisites for the Drivers
yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers make vim wget
Be sure to now reboot so that the new kernel and headers take hold. If you don’t you will get errors that the headers and or sources can’t be found.
After the reboot, lets install the EPEL Repository in order to install DKMS
rpm -ivh epel-release-7-9.noarch.rpm
yum install dkms
Then I ran to install the NVIDIA Drivers
./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.66.run –dkms -s
With the -s flag, the installer will run silent and we won’t see the screens below.
If you use the -s option this is the output you will see.
Create a blacklist file for the Nouveau Driver
Add the following text
options nouveau modeset=0
Run the following command and reboot the computer
Now run nvidia-smi to verify CUDA capable devices are seen