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    install nvidia graphics driver manually

    how do i do that ? i got intrepid

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    It's generally not a good idea to install manually unless you really need the newest driver for some reason. If you install manually you will need to reinstall every time you upgrade your kernel. It can also be troublesome to uninstall or upgrade a manually installed driver.

    If you do really need the newest driver then you can get it from Nvidia's website: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

    Select the one for your architecture and save it to your hard drive.

    Then you need to exit the X server. You can do this by pressing Control-Alt-F1 which should bring you to a command prompt. Then stop the x server with the command "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop".

    Once that's done, just navigate to the directory you saved the driver in and run it with "sudo sh driver_file_name" where you substitute the name of the file into the command.
    Last edited by jowilkin; April 24th, 2009 at 05:24 AM.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    Quote Originally Posted by bobin View Post
    how do i do that ? i got intrepid
    please explain why you want to manually install a video driver ?

    is there something wrong with your video, if so tell us about your video card' the make and model and include the trouble you are experiencing.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    I can't speak for the original poster, but I had to manually install because HDMI on my card would not work without a newer driver than was available in the repos. So there are instances when it's required.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    include the hardware information and maybe we can provide an easier alternative.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    If you are referring to me, I have an Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard with onboard video and I'm using the HDMI out to output sound and video to my plasma tv. Chipsets on the board are NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i.

    Only way I could get this working (in 8.10) was to manually upgrade to the latest nvidia drivers and alsa. It also required further tweaking in alsamixer (unmuting some channels that were muted by default for some reason).

    I'm installing Jaunty right now and will attempt to get it working using aptitude before resorting to manual installs.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    i am glad you told me this, i can tell you how to get the very latest on each stable nvidia release.

    first go here and add the source to synaptic

    http://www.avenard.org/files/ubuntu-repos/

    thanks to the fella that owns and maintains this site.

    http://www.avenard.org/media/Home.html

    check post #716

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=990978&page=72

    i am running the current 180.51 with that source.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    No audio on jaunty. I'm guessing the nvidia driver is new enough since they have the 180 series, but alsa is too old.

    I'm now using this ppa: https://launchpad.net/~thefirstm/+archive/ppa, it also seems to have the latest nvidia drivers. I use xbmc as my media player and the latest xbmc lists this ppa as a dependency (i think to make sure you have the latest nvidia drivers). It has nvidia 185.19 which I believe is beta but has better support for VDPAU. Thanks for your suggestion also.

    Any idea how to get alsa through repos? Best method I've found is the script in this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6589810

    Edit: nevermind, I think I got the sound by unmuting the IEC958 channels in alsamixer and then going to Preferences -> sound on the gnome menu and changing all the options from autodetect to "HDA NVidia HDMI (ALSA)". Looks like jaunty has new enough nvidia and alsa for my setup.
    Last edited by jowilkin; April 24th, 2009 at 06:51 AM.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    Quote Originally Posted by jowilkin View Post
    but alsa is too old.

    Any idea how to get alsa through repos?/showthread.php?p=6589810[/url]
    not certain but will look around.

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    Re: install nvidia graphics driver manually

    I might have spoken too soon about audio working properly. It seems that *some* audio works and some doesn't.

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