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DJVargas
March 4th, 2011, 05:12 AM
Question. Please help. I have an NVIDIA Graphics Card. I recently installed Ubuntu and it ask me to install Nvidia proprietary drivers. What I don't understand is what is the difference between the two drivers listed. One reads, "NVIDIA Accelerated graphics driver (version 173)" and the other "NVIDIA Accelerated graphics driver (version current) [recommended]". Which one is the one I should install? Are they the same thing? Thanks. Here is a pic of what it looks like.

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2011/03/proprietarydrivers.png

DJVargas
March 4th, 2011, 05:13 AM
Question. Please help. I have an NVIDIA Graphics Card. I recently installed Ubuntu and it ask me to install Nvidia proprietary drivers. What I don't understand is what is the difference between the two drivers listed. One reads, "NVIDIA Accelerated graphics driver (version 173)" and the other "NVIDIA Accelerated graphics driver (version current) [recommended]". Which one is the one I should install? Are they the same thing? Thanks. Here is a pic of what it looks like.

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2011/03/proprietarydrivers.png

Naitsirhc Hsem
March 4th, 2011, 05:16 AM
the version 173 is the old version, the version current is current. I would search for your graphics card in the search bar or install the version current driver.

mikewhatever
March 4th, 2011, 05:24 AM
Install the one that's RECOMMENDED. ;-)

tommcd
March 4th, 2011, 06:39 AM
What version of Ubuntu are you using? You really should at least tell us what version of Ubuntu you are using and what nvidia graphics card you have.
I am assuming here that you are using either Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10.
If you have a GForce 6 series or newer card, install nvidia-current. http://packages.ubuntu.com/maverick/nvidia-current
A GForce 5 series card would use nvidia-173. http://packages.ubuntu.com/maverick/nvidia-173
Write back if you need more help.

howefield
March 4th, 2011, 10:03 AM
Threads merged.

Please do not post duplicate threads.