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  1. #1
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    Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Greetings,

    I need to install the drivers for my Nvidia Geforce 540M video card in order to install Bumblebee. How can I do so?

    Thanks

    P.S: I tried some methods I found on the net up to no avail.

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Have you tried the Additional Drivers.



    Bumblebee on Ubuntu wiki may help too
    Last edited by DogMatix; October 13th, 2012 at 11:01 PM.
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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I followed the instructions given in the following URL:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee#Installation

    1) However, when I try to launch Nvidia X Server settings I get the screen that I have attached to this post. I think this means I have the drivers installed but they are not working.

    2) I get the following result in the terminal when I try to install Bumblebee:

    Code:
    user@Vesnog:~$ sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia 
    [sudo] password for user: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package bumblebee
    E: Unable to locate package bumblebee-nvidia
    3) I am unable to run glxgears. When I try it, I get the following:
    Code:
    user@Vesnog:~$ glxgears
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Error: couldn't get an RGB, Double-buffered visual
    4) Also I am experiencing a weird issue related with Google Chrome. The problem is as follows: When I try to move a tab from one position to another(say moving tab 2 from left of tab 3 to right of it), instantly the browser opens a new window and I am unable to put the tab back to its place which is very frustrating.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions or remedies.


    P.S:I have used sudo apt-get update command many times up to no avail. Some applications refuse to get installed by giving similar error messages.
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    Last edited by sandyd; October 14th, 2012 at 01:14 AM. Reason: font/code tags

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I tried changing the Unity Desktop by logging out, however it failed and I am stuck with a resolution of 640x480 and cannot change it. How can I change it ?
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    Last edited by Vesnog; October 14th, 2012 at 01:41 AM. Reason: SS

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I have resolved the lowered resolution issue by consulting the 7th post following URL:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966987

    But the above mentioned problems persist.

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Can you post the results of these commands ?

    Code:
    find /etc/apt  -name '*.list' -exec bash -c 'echo -e "\n$1\n"; cat -n "$1"' _ '{}' \;
    Code:
    apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I am posting some information relating the problem:

    @Vesnog:~$ dpkg-query -l nvidia*
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name Version Description
    +++-==============-==============-============================================
    un nvidia-180-mod <none> (no description available)
    un nvidia-185-mod <none> (no description available)
    ii nvidia-common 1:0.2.44.2 Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
    ii nvidia-current 304.51-0ubuntu NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
    un nvidia-current <none> (no description available)
    ii nvidia-current 295.49-0ubuntu NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
    ii nvidia-setting 304.51-0ubuntu Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv
    ii nvidia-setting 295.33-0ubuntu Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv

    The part of the output of the command "sudo lspci -v" is as follows:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Dell Device 050e
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
    Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
    I/O ports at 3000 [size=128]
    Expansion ROM at f1000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
    Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [68] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [b4] Vendor Specific Information: Len=14 <?>
    Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
    Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
    Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=024 <?>
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Kernel modules: nvidia_current_updates, nvidia, nouveau, nvidiafb

  8. #8
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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Did you run apt-get update after adding the ppa? I forgot that and was wondering for a while

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I managed to get it done, by first installing Ironhide then installing Bumblebee afterwards with the command:

    sudo apt-get install bumblebee

    Notice that I excluding bumblebee-nvidia seemed to have resolved the situation and I think I already got the Nvidia drivers then. I am marking the thread as solved, thanks everyone for help.
    Last edited by Vesnog; October 15th, 2012 at 06:05 PM.

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