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Old 03-31-10, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default ubuntu noob tring to install new nvidia drivers

Can someone please help.
I have the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
running on ubuntu 64x.
Can't seem to find how to install the drivers.
windows has rotted my brain.
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Old 03-31-10, 12:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: ubuntu noob tring to install new nvidia drivers

google for "ubuntu nvidia karmic ppa"

not sure if they have the 64bits drivers but if they do..

start with installing the 195 drivers..
make sure the hdmi audio works with your plasma/LCD tv..

if it doesn't, use the 190 drivers....

if that too doesn't work, try the 185 drivers.
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Old 03-31-10, 01:52 AM   #3
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Default Re: ubuntu noob tring to install new nvidia drivers

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Can someone please help.
I have the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
running on ubuntu 64x.
Can't seem to find how to install the drivers.
windows has rotted my brain.
Purge all the other nvidia modules from synaptic first...and blacklist Nouveau.
[tty1]
sudo stop gdm
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-195.36.07.03-pkg2.run
Yes - License
Yes - Install OpenGL 32-bit
Yes - Xorg.conf
sudo start gdm

or just rtfm @ http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=122606
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Old 03-31-10, 04:36 AM   #4
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Default Re: ubuntu noob tring to install new nvidia drivers

sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia

sudo apt-get install build-essential

make sure your nvida driver is in your home folder

do a ctrl+alt+F1

login

do a sudo service gdm stop

sudo sh NVIDIA and hit tab, it will automatically pick up the path.

say yes to all prompts and when done, do a sudo reboot.
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Old 03-31-10, 06:11 AM   #5
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Default Re: ubuntu noob tring to install new nvidia drivers

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sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia

sudo apt-get install build-essential

make sure your nvida driver is in your home folder

do a ctrl+alt+F1

login

do a sudo service gdm stop

sudo sh NVIDIA and hit tab, it will automatically pick up the path.

say yes to all prompts and when done, do a sudo reboot.
This will of course install the driver, but it will kill his graphical environment either directly at the next reboot, or at least after the next kernel update because dkms won't rebuild the driver.

I would never recommend installing the driver manually this way, at the local ubuntu forums we have to support dozens of people that screwed up their system this way. Therefore: please don't recommend it either.

I recommend using the vdpau ppa (which was already mentioned) https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/+archive/ppa or at least reading either the ubuntu documentation on this https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual or http://nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490


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Old 03-31-10, 01:59 PM   #6
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This will of course install the driver, but it will kill his graphical environment either directly at the next reboot, or at least after the next kernel update because dkms won't rebuild the driver.

I would never recommend installing the driver manually this way, at the local ubuntu forums we have to support dozens of people that screwed up their system this way. Therefore: please don't recommend it either.

I recommend using the vdpau ppa (which was already mentioned) https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/+archive/ppa or at least reading either the ubuntu documentation on this https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual or http://nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=72490


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The .run file provided by nvidia team installs the driver flawlessly, why on earth would it kill his gui is beyond my comprehension. That means that the nvidia devs don't know how to make a linux driver I guess. For years since SuSE 8 I have been installing latest cutting edge nvidia drivers via this method only. The repositories, PPA etc. are too slow to update to the latest drivers and that includes the vdpau ppa as well. Never have I ever faced any such issue as the one you describe. If one wishes to get latest cutting edge features enabled on their graphic card, this is the only way to go.

About the kernel update issue, there is a way to enable DKMS for this driver but OTOH, one doesn't need to go to those lengths anyways. When one boots after a kernel update, one is presented with a low resolution X where a choice is given to boot into login console. All you have to do is select that and you are into the text based login and you repeat the steps to remove and re-install the driver. Do a sudo reboot and you are back in business.
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Old 04-02-10, 03:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: ubuntu noob tring to install new nvidia drivers

There is a post in the ubuntu forums where someone provided a script that checks the kernel version during reboot and if it changes it rebuilds the nvidia modules automatically. I've been using it for about 6 months with a manually installed driver and it works flawless.
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Old 04-02-10, 04:55 PM   #8
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If you don't really need the latest driver (for a particular bug fix, feature, compatibility), just use the distro packages and enjoy the hassle-free experience.

I currently have to run the latest driver, I installed it from the .run, and it has caused trouble already. Nothing that can't be fixed, but maybe not by everybody.
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