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GeForce GTX 660Ti, NVidia, Nouveau and Updating From CentOS 6.3 to 6.4

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I updated from CentOS 6.3 to 6.4 today and ran into a minor issue: After performing the the 6.4 update, CentOS got stuck at the boot screen due to a conflict between the NVidia drivers I use and the nouveau drivers. From the boot screen screen, I was unable to switch to a CLI unless I rebooted.

Here’s how I fixed it…

At the GRUB loader, I pressed a to edit the kernel options and added a 1 to boot into single-user mode. Once in single user mode, I followed just one step outlined on this site: To rename the initramfs and execute dracut:

$ mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img.bak
$ dracut -v /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
$ reboot

Once the new initramfs was created and the system rebooted, I again interrupted the GRUB loader, pressed a to edit the kernel options and added 3 to boot into multi-user mode. I logged in as root, changed to the directory where I keep my NVidia drivers and re-ran the NVidia installation tool (in my case, ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-310.32.run).

Once these steps were complete, I was able to boot into the UI without issue.