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    HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers on Ubuntu Breezy

    NOTE: this guide works ONLY on Ubuntu BREEZY 5.10

    Here is the guide which will guide you through the installation of the Nvidia Driver:
    http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Latest_Nvidia_Breezy

    If, after installing the driver, you would like to squeeze every drop of power from your card you might want to enable AGP FastWrites and Side Band Addressing (WARNING: it's potentially unstable):
    HOWTO: Nvidia Driver AGP FastWrites and Side Band Addressing[/B]

    DAPPER USERS, please use this guide:
    HOWTO: Latest Nvidia Drivers- Testers needed


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    This script will download the Nvidia installer (and all the files the installer needs) and set the driver for you.

    Get to the following website:
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    And follow the instructions you will find there.
    Last edited by tseliot; June 10th, 2006 at 04:28 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    [This guide has been adapted to work on Ubuntu Breezy (I had written one for Ubuntu Hoary). I've done only few changes in order to make it work on Breezy.]

    If you want to install Nvidia driver with the nvidia installer (I've tried v.7667) and you use a kernel from Ubuntu Breezy or you compiled it from Breezy sources (or kernel.org sources), then just try this HOWTO......
    I don't get it. Why would I want to go to all this trouble? There are Ubuntu nVidia packages in the repository. apt-get does the trick...
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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by angrykeyboarder
    I don't get it. Why would I want to go to all this trouble? There are Ubuntu nVidia packages in the repository. apt-get does the trick...
    If you need to install any version of the nvidia drivers (7174, or 7676 or older or newer) because of compatibility problems (e.g. if you have an old card - see the list of cards which are not supported by 7667- you might want to use 7174) or because you just want to live at the bleeding edge, you have to use the nvidia installer.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    If you need to install any version of the nvidia drivers (7174, or 7676 or older or newer) because of compatibility problems (e.g. if you have an old card - see the list of cards which are not supported by 7667- you might want to use 7174) or because you just want to live at the bleeding edge, you have to use the nvidia installer.
    but nvidia-glx on which drivers are based?! is there any real reason to change them (stability, performance...) or is just for fun?

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Josef K.
    but nvidia-glx on which drivers are based?! is there any real reason to change them (stability, performance...) or is just for fun?
    nvidia-glx available in Breezy repos is 7667 (7174 in Hoary). If it works for you stick to it, there's no reason to change it.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    I just followed your guide to the money. I've got a 2 7800gtx's in SLi mode. I installed the latest drivers and the process was flawless. When I restart x I get xorg.conf errors. It says screens are available but looks like a basic error. I change the driver back to nv and it works fine.

    Any extra suggestions?

    Thanks


    Just noticed I have x86 nforce4 chipset drivers I need to load. Let's see if that get's me up and running....
    Last edited by skwid; October 18th, 2005 at 06:42 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    hi, alberto?how are you?i'm fine.i have just finished the examen(English II)!i have taken 27!see you soon....i think if you want!!!kisses...
    your work is great and good...bravo!

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by idea
    hi, alberto?how are you?i'm fine.i have just finished the examen(English II)!i have taken 27!see you soon....i think if you want!!!kisses...
    your work is great and good...bravo!
    Thanks. You had GREAT results, I'm very happy for you.

    I have the English written exam next wednesday.

    See you soon

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by angrykeyboarder
    I don't get it. Why would I want to go to all this trouble? There are Ubuntu nVidia packages in the repository. apt-get does the trick...
    Not always.

    I tried the method in the started guide for Breezy using apt-get to get the Nvidia drivers, but when I ran nvidia-glx-enable, it didn't change anything and my drivers were still not working. I'm going to have to play with my xorg.conf when I get home today to get it woking.

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    Re: HOWTO: Latest NVIDIA drivers

    If you use an nvidia GeForce FX 5200 GPU then there's no need for the above!

    Simply open terminal and follow this ...

    sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup
    sudo nvidia-glx-config-enable
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/NVIDIA-Settings.desktop

    copy this into the file you just created

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=NVIDIA Settings
    Comment=Change various aspects of your NVIDIA Graphics
    Exec=nvidia-settings
    Icon=
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Applications;System;

    (then select save)

    Now, hold down Ctrl+Alt+F1 and type in your username +password

    Type the following

    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Scroll down to the label "Modules" then comment out using # the following lines

    Load "Dri"
    Load "GLcore"

    (if either or neither can be found then don't worry)

    Scroll down and find the section called "Device". Make sure Driver="nvidia" and not Driver="nv"

    Directly after you see the line BusID "PCI;1:0:0" add the following

    Option "RenderAccel" "On"
    Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "DFP,TV"
    Option "NoRenderExtension" "On"
    Option "Accel" "On"
    Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "Off"

    Press down Ctrl+o then press the enter key
    Press down Ctrl+X

    type..

    sudo reboot

    This method will of course render your tv out useless but in the 12 months i've owned the card, i've never had the need to use it!

    Try it with all NVidia cards so that tseliot can add the results to his post
    Last edited by Shabba; October 13th, 2005 at 03:33 PM.

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