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Old 01-22-08, 03:15 AM   #1
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Default New Driver for 8 series - Character Coding - Ubuntu

I get this error when trying to install the latest drivers.

"gedit has not been able to detect the character coding.
Please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
Select a character coding from the menu and try again."

None of the fonts work. What should I do?
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Old 01-22-08, 06:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: New Driver for 8 series - Character Coding - Ubuntu

Don't try to open the .run file in a text editor. You need to shut down the X server and then run the installer. See the README for instructions.
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Old 01-22-08, 12:58 PM   #3
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I'm not connected to a server. What should I open the .run file with?
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Old 01-22-08, 01:11 PM   #4
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The "X server" is the program that runs that drives the graphical display on your system. "X clients" are programs like Firefox and gedit that connect to the X server to display windows. You need to shut down the graphical system and get to a text console (looks a bit like DOS) and then follow the instructions at http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree8...ection-02.html
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The 'x server' is very basically your graphical desktop.
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490

Very important you follow the initial instructions in the stickied 'readme' first for Ubuntu, or you will end up with only a black screen.

1. Save the driver to your home folder.

2. 'ctrl+alt+f1' will put you to a command line.

3. 'sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop' will kill the gnome desktop manager(x server) for you.

4. type 'ls' if you don't remember the file name, this will list everything in your home directory.

5. type 'sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-your_driver_file'
then follow the prompts.

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Default Re: New Driver for 8 series - Character Coding - Ubuntu

Slight amendment to what grey_1 said:

2. 'ctrl+alt+f1' will put you on a text screen with a login prompt

2a. log in using your normal username and password

3a. the 'sudo' command will prompt you for your password. This is the same password you use to log in.

6. once the install programme finishes, type 'sudo reboot' to restart your PC. This isn't always needed with driver updates, but it's probably a good idea with this one.

Hope that helps



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