View Full Version : [ubuntu] How do I Install NVIDIA 180.44 GFX Drivers?

April 1st, 2009, 05:18 AM

I'm new to the whole 'proprietary drivers for Linux' thing.

Is there a nice simple tutorial on how to install the NVIDIA 180.44 GFX drivers?

Here is the link;

Once I have received sufficient help, I'd be happy to write a step by step tutorial with images for those more n00bish then me!

Thanks in advance for any help in this matter,


PS: So far I have learned;
I launch the program by typing sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.44-pkg2.run
The following commands stops the X-Server: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

April 1st, 2009, 06:15 AM
download this file (http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/180.44/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.44-pkg2.run) and put it in your home folder. then open a terminal and:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.44-pkg2.run
then just follow the prompts.

i'm assuming you run 64bit ubuntu?

you may need to use sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.44-pkg2.run but i can't remember right now.

April 1st, 2009, 06:17 AM
have you checked the package manager

April 1st, 2009, 06:22 AM
you can also go to system>administration>hardware drivers and enable them there. nvidia 180 won't be available if you are using ubuntu 8.10

April 1st, 2009, 06:34 AM
im on the jaunty jackalope...

April 1st, 2009, 06:40 AM
Thanks everyone

What the command to get the kernel source-code?

As it says it needs that.

Thanks in advance for telling me how to do so.


April 1st, 2009, 07:34 AM
See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual

April 1st, 2009, 02:19 PM
See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual




EDIT: Just gave my settings a whiz by using 'Extra' in Visual Effects... woh, this is wicked... also strange... LOL

April 2nd, 2009, 02:42 AM
I'm having troubles w/ this driver. Here is what happened (from another thread) when I tried to install 180.44 on my 64bit Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy

Reporting failure! On Hardy 64bit with the 180.44 driver. Here is what happened if anyone is interested.

- I downloaded the driver from Nvidia for my 8400GS mobile (file name: NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.44-pkg2.run)
- Followed the instructions on the 1st post to the semicolon.
- As the script was running, it said that "there is no available module for my current kernel" (2.6.24-23), "would you like to search the NVIDIA ftp server?" which I answered yes.
- Came back with "Nothing available for your kernel on the ftp server, will have to compile the kernel module", which went successfully.
- Then later "Would you like to install 32-bit openGL libs?" to which I said yes.
- "Checking for any conflicts w/ existing openGL libs."
- "Configure X automatically? Old file will be backed up", said yes.
- Restarted, but X failed, and the error message was something like "fatal error".

So, I uninstalled the 180.44 driver as mentioned in 1st post, then had to reboot into recovery mode, use xfix, and now I'm back to square one.

Any ideas why things went wrong?

April 2nd, 2009, 04:30 AM
Try again.

Follow the post that contained a link that solved my problem.

April 11th, 2009, 06:46 PM
This is the error I get when I run the command:
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.44-pkg2.run

ERROR: this .run file is intended for the
Linux-x86_64 platform, but you appear to be
running on Linux-x86. Aborting installation.

Is there a .run file for Linux-x86?

April 15th, 2009, 10:27 AM
yup - just download the 32bit package from nvidia.com rather than the 64bit package