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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011

    No driver for GTX 460 on 12.10 officially


    I've got a strange problem with a clean new installation of Ubuntu 12.10...

    Before that, the driver for my 460GTX appeared.

    But now:


    But lspci sees my graphic card...
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF104 [GeForce GTX 460] (rev a1)
    So what to do?

    I think, the better was install jockey-common and using
    sudo jockey-text -e kmod:nvidia_current
    but my resolution is low... so I use nvidia x server to change manually the resolution for a correct one, but I've got some errors : MetaMode [a number] of Screen [a number] does not have an active display device. With Auto-fix, the resolution is fine... however it seems not to be a safe solution ; It's like a terrible regression. And I don't want to get some troubles later with that...

    So? What do you suggest?

    Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Re: No driver for GTX 460 on 12.10 officially

    Little up
    Sorry to disturb you for this.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2009
    Space Coast, FL, USA
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: No driver for GTX 460 on 12.10 officially

    Just a head's up:

    I'm also using an nVidia GTX 460 and when I went to upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10 the updater told me that there was a lack of driver support in 12.10 for my hardware and that I would likely have slow/sluggish response using the built-in nouveau driver. I upgraded anyway to see what I could break and had very little luck with any of the ppa nvidia drivers.

    I downloaded the 3.10 beta drivers from nvidia's website. After purging all the ppa nvidia drivers and stopping lightdm
    sudo stop lightdm
    I was able to run the installer and follow the directions to install the video driver. It had to install a file into /etc/modprobe.d/ in order to prevent the built-in nouveau drivers from loading, and then reboot first, but after I restarted the installer it finished without a hitch. I rebooted and there was Unity staring at me.

    Personally, I feel like 12.10 is still only half-baked for some nvidia users due to the Unity integration, so I might just go back to 12.04 for a while. I just wish there was a better hardware compatibility list for this kind of thing that balanced Nvidia, Linux, Unity, and Ubuntu compatibility to find out what really works.

    Good luck, and hope this helps a bit!


  4. #4
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    Nov 2012

    Re: No driver for GTX 460 on 12.10 officially

    I've gotten my 580 GTX to work just fine with Ubuntu 12.10.

    Go to Nvidia's website and download the right driver.

    Once the file is finished downloading, set it to be executable.

    Open up a terminal and do the following.

    PHP Code:
    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf 
    Insert this at the bottom.

    PHP Code:
    blacklist amd76x_edac  #this might not be required for x86 32 bit users.
    blacklist vga16fb
    blacklist nouveau
    blacklist rivafb
    blacklist nvidiafb
    blacklist rivatv 
    Save and exit

    Next type the following commands in terminal

    PHP Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*

    sudo apt-get install build-essential

    sudo apt
    -get install linux-headers-$(uname -r
    Logout and at the login screen ctrl+shift+f1

    Log back in through the terminal

    PHP Code:
    sudo service stop lightdm 
    Navigate to your drivers and install by

    PHP Code:
    sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-???.??.???.run 
    It will ask for user agreement say yes.
    It will then say install script failed, click yes and continue
    It should start installing kernel modules
    Next it will have a few config screens just say yes to all

  5. #5
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    Mar 2013

    Re: No driver for GTX 460 on 12.10 officially

    Thanks, very good, works also for the GTX 460 on 12.10, after trying all the standard methods described by Nvidia etc. that failed.
    With the standard nouveau driver I had strange artifacts on my desktop.

    I used the latest nvidia update

    For getting into the console use ctrl+alt+f1, not ctrl+shift+f1.
    Use sudo sh ./

    Last edited by phoel; March 20th, 2013 at 12:39 PM.

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