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I recently installed CentOS 7.7 with KDE on a machine with both onboard graphics and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti. I got the proprietary NVIDIA drivers installed, but it was quite difficult as I couldn't see what was happening during boot up past a certain point.

I changed the default /etc/default/grub to remove rhgb quiet from the command line, and I'd get text output up until a message like "dracut pre-udev hook" (though it wasn't always the same step). Then I'd get no further updates, just the same unchanging text, until the X server started.

I tried plymouth-set-default-theme details; dracut -f based on a CentOS forum post. It made no detectable difference. I restored rhgb quiet thinking maybe plymouth-set-default-theme wanted those options, and now I only see the very first line of bootup ([0.00000] something about TSC), static, until X starts.

Of course, it "works" now, but I'm hoping I can make it work better. Does anyone know how to get detailed boot output over NVIDIA GPUs with CentOS?

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  • Exactly what is "a machine"? Be specific. There are millions of different models PCs, laptops, workstations, servers, etc. out there. Sep 26, 2019 at 20:35
  • ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS, NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti, Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2683 v4 @ 2.10GHz Sep 27, 2019 at 4:33
  • Hm, that should work fine on that hardware. How exactly did you install the NVIDIA drivers? Sep 27, 2019 at 7:21
  • Using the NVIDIA .run file (sudo bash cuda_10.1.168_418.67_linux.run --silent --driver --toolkit --samples). (I'd rather use the .rpm but have been told not to...) Sep 27, 2019 at 23:03
  • I don't recommend using the upstream binary as you have done. It just makes a mess of the system. You should be using well-designed RPM packages from a trusted source, such as negativo17 (which I use). Though, because it's such a pain to remove the manual binary package, you are probably going to need to reinstall CentOS. Sep 27, 2019 at 23:08

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