View Full Version : [ubuntu] Upgrade Graphics Card

December 1st, 2010, 09:28 PM
How do I go about upgrading my graphics card in ubuntu, I am moving from an NVIDIA, to and NVIDIA - can I simply switch it out?

December 1st, 2010, 09:51 PM
Not too difficult :-)

Which model is there and which one are you planning to install now?

I would recommend to remove the current Nvidia Proprietary drivers, replace your card with the new one and re-install Nvidia drivers. Simple!

December 1st, 2010, 10:13 PM
I am moving from Asus EN8600GT Silent to Zotac GT430.

I am also wondering if I will get audio through this too, as some people have reported issues with XBMC.

So I should remove the restricted drivers and card, reboot machine, then power down and install new card? Or just remove, power down and install new card?

December 1st, 2010, 10:35 PM
I would recommend removing the restricted drivers > Reboot > Power Down > Remove Card > Install New Card > Power On > Install restricted drivers.

Step by step :P

Don't know much about the sound issue though.

December 2nd, 2010, 01:32 AM
I am using a Galaxy GT 430 and it works fine in Ubuntu.

Which Ubuntu? If running maverick and you used System > Administration > Additional Drivers to "activate" them, simply use that to "remove" them. Then shutdown, swap out the cards, reboot and with Additional Drivers "activate" nvidia.

Although, if nvidia-current in maverick is still 260.19.12, you might want to add x-swat to your repositories to grab 260.19.21 before you "activate" nvidia for the new card.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

sudo apt-get updateThen "activate" nvidia, reboot and you will have nvidia 260.19.21. http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/ppas/27

The current kernel 2.6.35-23-generic includes alsa modules that support its HDMI audio (3.6.35-22 does not unless you add alsa snapshot ppa). But you need to figure out which of the 4 HDA NVidia devices work, by unmuting them in alsamixer and assuming card 1, also trying 1,7 1,8 and 1,9 in the following:

aplay -D plughw:1,3 /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wavFor me 1,9 worked so I added the following to the section of /etc/pulse/default.pa that had alsa-sink commented out:

#load-module module-alsa-sink
load-module module-alsa-sink device=hw:1,9Then after reboot you should be able to select either your internal sound device for regular sound or HDA NVidia to get HDMI sound (ignore the other output device that says HDMI). The speaker test in Sound Preferences will not work for HDMI sound, but if you open Rythmbox and play music or internet radio, you should be able to select either sound output on the fly.

Mine has a fan, but the fan is quiet and it idles only 3 C above room temperature (currently 20 C):

nvidia-smi -a

==============NVSMI LOG==============

Timestamp : Wed Dec 1 18:34:59 2010

Driver Version : 260.19.21

GPU 0:
Product Name : GeForce GT 430
PCI Device/Vendor ID : de110de
PCI Location ID : 0:1:0
Board Serial : 6203447409
Display : Connected
Temperature : 23 C
Fan Speed : 52%
GPU : 0%
Memory : 11%

December 3rd, 2010, 04:05 PM
This looks like excellent information, thanks for the input.

Thanks everyone, the upgrade worked - now just gotta see about the sound issues.