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I got another tower yesterday -- my other one died. System>Admin>Hardware Drivers says I have no proprietary drivers. Normally (for me, in the past), it would give me the option to install a NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver version 96; but not now. I'm running K/Ubuntu 9.04 and Firefox 3.0; 3.5.3. Here are my specs (sorry they're so long, but this is how it came out, and this is "lshw | less"):
I went to synaptic package manager and installed libglitz-glx1-dev (0.5.6-1), libglitz1-dev (0.5.6-1), and nvidia-glx-96-dev (96.43.10-0ubuntu1). I don't know what to select for NVIDIA NV5 [RIVA TNT2/TNT2 Pro]. Then I ran (and got):
randall@randall-desktop:~$ sudo nvidia-xconfig
[sudo] password for randall:
Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".
VALIDATION ERROR: Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
Device section "Configured Video Device" must have a Driver
Backed up file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' as '/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'
New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'
In the meantime, I had to shut my computer down and reboot. When I rebooted, there was no screen. So I rebooted in recovery mode, selected try to autofix graphics problems, then selected repair broken packages. My computer then did some stuff that it said would take several hours (but only took about 20 minutes -- some removals and upgrades and two installations that I did see between a coffee break and bathroom break), and, then, viola!, it did a normal boot [There's nothing like Ubuntu!]. At Ubuntu's behest, I restarted it.
However, I still have no driver that will enable desktop effects. Hardware Drivers says there are no proprietary drivers nor does it give me the option to ennable one.
I went to the Nvidia website -- just now. The website seems to know nothing about my graphics card! And it doesn't give me any response to "official driver." I'm not being facetious but I can show you: