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Old 07-04-09, 05:56 PM   #1
hjames82
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Default First time Linux (Ubuntu) user... help!

Having a hard time figuring out how exactly to install the latest Nvidia Drivers.

I have them download to the Ubuntu desktop and I see the directions on the Nvidia download page for running the program using sh but I don't know how to even do that.

As detailed of directions possible would help.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 07-04-09, 06:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: First time Linux (Ubuntu) user... help!

Press CTRL+ALT+F1 to enter the console
login with username and password
type /etc/init.d/gdm stop
type cd Desktop
type sudo sh NVIDIA.... (the file name, you can rename it at first on your desktop)
enter your password
follow the instructions on the screen, make sure to select YES when he asks to edit xorg.conf automatically
type /etc/init.d/gdm start

That's it!

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Old 07-04-09, 06:57 PM   #3
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these steps could really be made more obvious/complete in the documentation, especially stopping gdm/kdm, as many people use gdm or kdm, so this is not very distribution specific...
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Old 07-04-09, 08:12 PM   #4
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Thank you so very much, I was able to turn off GNOME and got a step further but when entering the Nvidia driver name and pressing ENTER it only told me "Can not open xxxxx" and then loaded the username again.

Any thoughts?

I may/maynot have mentioned that I am running Ubuntu on a Virtualbox on my local desktop.

Thanks,
James
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Old 07-05-09, 03:08 AM   #5
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Oh well, yes you should have mentioned that before

It is not possible to install a normal graphics card driver on a virtual machine. You can only install the VirtualBox guest additions, which includes a driver that provides basic OpenGL hardware acceleration on Linux guests.
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Old 07-05-09, 07:44 AM   #6
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Default Re: First time Linux (Ubuntu) user... help!

What you can do since I also used Virtual box for linux (arch linux specifically) is i installed the Vesa drivers, generic ones that worked decently well.. If you wanna try ubuntu full force just download and install wubi, it makes a virtual partition on your hard drive and allows you to boot into ubuntu or windows, but the best part is its not a virtual box boot so all hardware is used natively.. then you can use the driver. and btw, for almost any command, use sudo infront of it! you wont have admin rights to change stuff without it unless u do sudo su which makes you root user for that entire terminal session
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