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    Question nvidia driver update

    From the Nvidia web site I was given:

    NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15-pkg1.run

    When I double-click on this from my desktop where it is saved I receive an error message:

    Could not open the file /home/spock/Desktop/NVID...ux-x86-195.36.15-pkg1.run.
    gedit has not been able to detect the character coding
    Please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
    Select a character coding from the menu and try again.

    __________________________________________________ _____________________

    This package is what the Nvidia website gave me when searching for updates for my graphics card. I am running Karmic Koala 9.10 32-bit. I have a Nvidia 6600gt card. I have no idea what to do, if I can do anything at all. HELP!!!
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    Re: nvidia driver update

    chmod 775 /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    sudo /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run

    Those two command should get it going for you. Make sure that you run them fro the terminal.

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    Re: nvidia driver update

    Not sure, but it seems gdm should be stopped before update with /etc/init.d/gdm stop and started after the driver installation with /etc/init.d/gdm start

    I had an issue with NVIDIA driver after update. It failed to launch gdm on the next boot. The fix was removing /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to let it create new one.

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    Re: nvidia driver update

    Place the driver in the home folder and don't do anything to it.

    in terminal do a sudo apt-get --purge remove nvidia*

    sudo apt-get install build-essential

    then hit ctrl+alt+F1 and you will be logged out of GUI into terminal.

    type your login and then do a sudo service gdm stop

    after that do a sudo .sh NVIDIA and hit tab for autocomplete

    say yes to all the prompts

    when you are back in command prompt, do a sudo reboot.

    remember with this process, everytime there is a kernel update, you need to go out of gui and remove nvidia driver with the command sudo nvidia-uninstall and then reboot and go into terminal mode and re-install the driver. This method always gives you the latest cutting edge drivers from nvidia.
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    Re: nvidia driver update

    Quote Originally Posted by wmatthews View Post
    chmod 775 /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    sudo /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run

    Those two command should get it going for you. Make sure that you run them fro the terminal.
    This is what happened when I entered those commands in my terminal:

    spock@ubuntu:~$ chmod 775 /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg .1run
    chmod: cannot access `/home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg': No such file or directory
    chmod: cannot access `.1run': No such file or directory
    spock@ubuntu:~$ sudo /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    [sudo] password for spock:
    sudo: /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run: command not found
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    Smile Re: nvidia driver update

    Here's another question. My Karmic is running fine. Do I even NEED to update my graphics card drivers?? I don't wanna screw up my current settings or possibly end up having to do a fresh install and start over if it's not worth it. By the way, thanks for all the input so far 'cuz I am still a newbie at this.
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    Re: nvidia driver update

    Quote Originally Posted by oohbuntoo View Post
    This is what happened when I entered those commands in my terminal:

    spock@ubuntu:~$ chmod 775 /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg .1run
    chmod: cannot access `/home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg': No such file or directory
    There is a typo at the end of the file name: 1.run vs. .1run

    quadproc

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    Wink Re: nvidia driver update

    Quote Originally Posted by quadproc View Post
    There is a typo at the end of the file name: 1.run vs. .1run

    quadproc
    Oh snap, I didn't peep that. Let me jump back on it.
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    Cool Re: nvidia driver update

    Quote Originally Posted by oohbuntoo View Post
    Oh snap, I didn't peep that. Let me jump back on it.
    Alright. Second attempt, no dice:

    spock@ubuntu:~$ chmod 775 /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    chmod: cannot access `/home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run': No such file or directory
    spock@ubuntu:~$ sudo /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    sudo: /home/spock/Desktop/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run: command not found
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    Re: nvidia driver update

    Just put the file in your home directory "spock".

    Then use the Tab button once you have got to NVIDIA to autocomplete (the terminal will finish the rest for you). It avoids typing errors:

    Code:
    chmod +x /home/spock/NVIDIA
    Hit Tab and you should get:
    Code:
    chmod +x /home/spock/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    Then hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to leave the graphical desktop.

    Login.

    Kill GDM with either:
    Code:
    sudo killall gdm
    or
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    Now install the Nvidia binary with:
    Code:
    sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-195.36.15.pkg1.run
    Once it's installed, load the module with:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe nvidia
    And start the desktop with:
    Code:
    startx
    You may need to configure X if there is a problem, Nvidia is like that sometimes.
    Last edited by richs-lxh; April 26th, 2010 at 12:19 AM.

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