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Thread: [SOLVED] How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

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    [SOLVED] How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    Hi I am new to Ubuntu I have the the Hardy Heron release and I am trying to figure out how to install the Drivers for a 9800gt.

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    Re: How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    I'm not sure if the current NVIDIA drivers in Linux support the 9800gt yet. You can try using the restricted driver manager.

    Goto System --> Administration --> Hardware Drivers see if will let you install the NVIDIA driver.
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    Re: How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    I don't think the 173 drivers have hit the Ubuntu repositories yet, so you may have to install the Nvidia drivers manually.
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    Re: How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    How do I go about doing that? I followed some links but I ended up more confused.

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    Re: How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    Also in my System>Admin it only shows Hardware drivers and when I open that up there is nothing there.

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    Any help

    Would be much appreciated. I like how Ubuntu works I just want to get these drivers setup tonight.

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    Re: How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    First download the driver:-
    Code:
    wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/173.14.05/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.05-pkg1.run
    Then install the prerequisites to install the driver:-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential
    After that is done, kill the X-Server with:-
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    Run the installer with:-
    Code:
    sudo sh NV*.run
    allow the installer to configure the X-Server.

    Start the X-Server with:-
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    And there you go, it's installed.
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    Ok

    The code:

    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

    Crashed the comp. Is it supposed to do that or what do I need to do to make that code work?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: How do I install Nvidia Drivers?

    you need to be in a virtual terminal before you do that, as it stops x server from running. In other words it closes your desktop down and brings you to a command prompt. Do this first:

    Code:
    CTRL_ALT_F1
    Login
    password
    This will bring up a command prompt (No pictures)

    then from the prompt proceed with
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

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    did what you said

    but it still says the same thing when I put then next code in.

    sudo sh NV*.run

    sh: Can't open NV*.run


    Is there something I need to do after I put

    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

    in the prompt?

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