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Old 05-01-10, 06:27 AM   #3
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Default Re: Installing nvidia driver on Linux

Originally Posted by NvFuchs View Post
As one of the official loco supporters of Ubuntu:

Please keep in mind that by following these instructions the driver will not be picked up by dkms, and each time a kernel update is installed (which might happen a lot, depending on bugs found / security updates) the driver won't be loaded and you'll end up with either failsafe mode or even no graphical interface at all. You'll have to rebuild the driver against the new kernel.

Please do not install the driver manually. If you, for any reason, absolutely need the newest driver, please use ppas like X-Swat or the VDPAU ppa. Usually they update to the latest drivers some days after release.

Thanks for saving us time by not creating the same support cases over and over.

If you want to install manually anyway, please keep at least the .run file on your local disk, in case when you don't have an internet connection after a kernel update. So you can re-install it (sh NVIDIA-Linux ...) and at least get your graphical environment back .

Kind regards


PS: To the OP:

1) Please inform people about this issue when writing such how tos. You might be able to handle the situation after a kernel update, users new to linux maybe don't.

2) Please change the thread title to "on Ubuntu Linux", as your howto works for ubuntu (and maybe other debian based distributions), but clearly not for distributions like SuSE, Fedora Core, Mandriva, Arch, Gentoo, ...

3) Did you see that nvidia already has an official thread on "how to install the current driver"? It is sticky, handles more distributions and has warnings for the known issues. If you think that this thread contains wrong or old information, please suggest an update instead of opening a new thread which will end up on page 5 after a few days / weeks.

First of all, this is nvidia site where users are well aware of the dkms issue, anyone who installs it via run file knows quite well that everytime there is a kernel update, nvidia drivers need to be reinstalled.

Its so common among ubuntu users to peddle ppa or force users into using old nvidia drivers via jockey, whats the point of getting cutting edge card only to be hampered by a old driver may I ask? Also there is absolutely no issue whatsoever using nvidia drivers via run file except for the dkms one. Please don't recommend ppas run by tom, dick and harry which are updated on their whims. Also most ppa come with unnecessary stuff which go to ruin installed apps and files, why create more issues? Why not source the driver directly from the manufacturer, after all thats what we do in Windows world and guess what, thats the reason many prefer Windows. Xswat has 185 series, thanks for recommending it, anyone with GTX 400 cards will only see a blank screen, nvidia-vdpau ppa has older 195 series driver and also mplayer and other stuff, now why would anyone wish to install mplayer from a ppa when a stable tested mplayer already exists in ubuntu repos?

As for the official install thread, it doesn't work for Lucid, rather it will cause big grief if followed.

FYI, the consensus on Ubuntu forum is that the nvidia file installed via run is running better than the one installed via repos.

The title was my oversight, I will change it.
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