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  1. #11
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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    Thank you very much!

    This works perfectly! I was kinda frustrated because there have been passed two days since I started my new fresh Ubuntu installation and I hadn´t been able to sort things out.

    Thank you man, this was very useful

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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    Thank you so much your tutorial worked for me(i used the binary version since the ubuntu one is a few months behind).


    Quick note, compiz broke everytime i tried to do this after installing nvidia-current or nvidia-current-updates from package manager.

    Does anyone know hot to update the binaries file? or do we just run it again (sorry about the stupid question but i have been using windows for a few years now, all my linux knowledge is in deep sleep).

    UPDATE:
    Using Nvidia 310.32 drivers with the updated kernel 3.5.0-25-generic doesnt allow me to go past the login screen i suspect i broke compiz again:S.
    UPDATE2: Installing the drivers again done the deed again.

    Thanks

    Ricardo
    Last edited by Derviansoul; February 25th, 2013 at 01:54 AM. Reason: EDIT BROKEN AGAIN

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    Question Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 12.10.When I tried to install nvidia drivers the following errors occurred. Please help.
    Can I use Nvidia drivers with Unity?

    Code:
    khat33b@Oa:~$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates
    [sudo] password for khat33b: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      nvidia-current-updates
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0 B/67.7 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 204 MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Selecting previously unselected package nvidia-current-updates.
    (Reading database ... 155992 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking nvidia-current-updates (from .../nvidia-current-updates_304.51-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    Setting up nvidia-current-updates (304.51-0ubuntu1) ...
    update-alternatives: using /usr/lib/nvidia-current-updates/ld.so.conf to provide /etc/ld.so.conf.d/x86_64-linux-gnu_GL.conf (x86_64-linux-gnu_gl_conf) in auto mode
    update-alternatives: using /usr/lib/nvidia-current-updates/alt_ld.so.conf to provide /etc/ld.so.conf.d/i386-linux-gnu_GL.conf (i386-linux-gnu_gl_conf) in auto mode
    update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
    INFO:Enable nvidia-current-updates
    DEBUG:Parsing /usr/share/ubuntu-drivers-common/quirks/lenovo_thinkpad
    DEBUG:Parsing /usr/share/ubuntu-drivers-common/quirks/dell_latitude
    DEBUG:Parsing /usr/share/ubuntu-drivers-common/quirks/put_your_quirks_here
    DEBUG:Processing quirk ThinkPad T420s
    DEBUG:Failure to match Dell Inc. with LENOVO
    DEBUG:Quirk doesn't match
    DEBUG:Processing quirk Latitude E6530
    DEBUG:Failure to match Inspiron N5110 with Latitude E6530
    DEBUG:Quirk doesn't match
    Loading new nvidia-current-updates-304.51 DKMS files...
    Building only for 3.5.0-17-generic
    Building for architecture x86_64
    Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the
    kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed.
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
    Processing triggers for initramfs-tools ...
    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-17-generic
    I have Dell Inspiron N5110, RAM 3.8GB, Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2430M CPU @ 2.40GHz × 4, Graphics is shown Unknown, 64bit OS.

    The result of
    Code:
    lspci |grep VGA
    is:
    Code:
    khat33b@Oa:~$ lspci |grep VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] (rev a1)
    Last edited by khat33b; March 19th, 2013 at 01:28 AM.

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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    Your install crashed my system, it became very unstable and kept freezing for about a minute and a half after each input. took over an hour to get the terminal open and type in the command to uninstall. I'm still getting error reports and compiz crashed but I seem to be able to use my system again. What happened? And how do I fix it without re-installing everything?

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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dlambert View Post


    Due to the large number of Install guides, all with different methods I decided to make one central guide with the methods that worked for me. This guide will Cover installing the Ubuntu provided drivers and also the binary drivers from Nvidia itself.


    FOR UBUNTU PROVIDED DRIVERS


    To install Ubuntu provided Nvidia drivers ( If the sources "additional drivers" didn't work for you either):

    1) Ctrl-Alt-F1 and login as your username

    2)


    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-source


    and headers

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    3) Uninstall nvidia driver - this depends on which version you tried to install from additional drivers :

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-updates
    Code:
      
    sudo apt-get remove nvidia-experimental-304 
    


    4)
    NOTE: You can install "nvidia-current" "nvidia-current-updates" or "nvidia-experimental-304"

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates


    5)


    Code:
    sudo shutdown -r now
    That should get the nvidia drivers of your choice working.
    Don't forget to do:
    Code:
    sudo nvidia-xconfig
    before shutting down.
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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    Quick question, my rig is an Alienware M17X R4 with the intel integrated on the 3610QM and I have a Nvidia GTX 660... right now it's not utilizing my Nvidia graphics chip at all, but if I follow this, can I expect it to act like windows and change between the two chips on the fly?

    Thanks!

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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    N00B here. Can you advise me?

    Got this far:

    Code:
    sudo service lightdm stop # to shut down the Xserver
    Now I've got the message, "Starting Timidity++ ALSA midi emulation" and [OK]... then nothing. I can't type anything in. Am I waiting for something?

    PS. Tried rebooting and starting over, same thing happened.
    Last edited by Crossbow; April 7th, 2013 at 06:13 PM.

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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    @Dlambert: I tried to follow your recommendations as closely as psossible.

    First approach suggested, using XUbuntu 12.10 provided driver, didn't work.
    I ended with a 640x480 display resolution in my brand new laptop 1600x900 maximum display resolution.

    Then, I tried NVidia-provided driver (319.17 these days). Same ending: low-res 640x480 display with no alternate options in "Settings Manager" => Display => Resolution.

    Two remarks here: first of all, when installing the NVidia provided driver with its .run installer, it always says "The distribution-provided pre-install script failed! Continue installation anyway?" and I always hit Yes.

    On the other hand, once the installer seems to have done its job, i use dmesg to see how things are going. This is what I get when looking for nvidia-related dmesg entries:

    Code:
    [   12.922578] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
    [   12.927568] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0
    [   12.927580] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0
    [   12.927594] nvidia 0000:01:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0003)
    [   12.922578] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
    [   12.927709] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  319.17  Thu Apr 25 22:45:49 PDT 2013
    lspci answer is:

    Code:
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0de3 (rev a1)
    I did a fresh install and the laptop has just the os itself. The system is based on i7, has 16 GB of SDRAM and an NVidia GeForce GT635M.

    I am supposed to use 3D graphics in my work but the system refuses to cooperate.
    What do you suggest me to try now?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Kind regards,

  9. #19
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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    Hi,

    I am unsure of the driver you are to use, but did you make sure you purged before you tried to install your GPU's driver? Would you be willing to try my instructions at installing? I had the same issues as you and it took me eleven fresh installs to finally get it down right. If you are willing, please see this post and switch out my driver with your driver. I know you said you get errors with the .run files, but I want to see if the below instructions make it so you do not get those errors while installing.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post12639552

    If not mine, have you see this thread yet?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2006716

  10. #20
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    Re: [HOW TO] Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (.run and Ubuntu Provided)

    This card is in your system Ge6150 SE graphics card. If this card is not your system, you should upgrade.

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