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Old 05-26-09, 03:08 PM   #27
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Default Re: unable to make Nvidia drivers work.

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Originally Posted by smk View Post
Ok, more newbie questions. ;-)
side note: from your grammar I would never have know that English was a 2nd language for you. ;-)
I have lots of those.

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I am assuming that this is a ppa,
I thought launchpad was a paid service?
It is still closed source and available as a commercial product, but the service there is free of charge.

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OK, so once I download it what do I do next?

smk
You don't have to download a ppa, you have to add it to your list of repositories. A repository is a location on the web with several packages. You can tell apt-get (and the graphical frontends to it) to look in such repositories for packages.

so when you type sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx it will install this package plus all the dependencies of this package from one of those repositories. There are official ones, and there are third party ones. Including PPAs (personal repos, created by volunteers)

In order to add this one, you have to add the lines



deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gda-dachsweb/vdr/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gda-dachsweb/vdr/ubuntu jaunty main

to your sources.list file.

You can do that with a plain text editor (with sudo, as you need root privileges) or with a graphical frontend.

Afterwards you can sudo apt-get update and then install the nvidia-glx package from there with apt-get.

Here: https://help.launchpad.net/Packaging/PPA are some bascis regarding PPAs.


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