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Old 05-23-2007, 10:26 PM   #1
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How do you update the drivers in Linux


Updating drivers in XP Pro, particularly the video drivers always makes a big difference in performance. How do I do the same for Mepis v6.5.02. I have an Nvidia Geforce2 MX/MX 400. Thanks.
 
Old 05-23-2007, 10:47 PM   #2
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If you chose the "Nvidia" option at the time that you installed Mepis, then your drivers are already installed and will update when the repos are updated. No need to do anything on your part. If you manually installed the Nvidia drivers from the Nvidia site, then you'll have to check there occasionally to see that you're still running the latest. They don't change that often.
 
Old 05-24-2007, 12:06 AM   #3
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I don't recall being asked about my Nvidia video card when I installed Mepis. Anyway, how do you update drivers in Linux? Is there a program like Driver Magic for Windows that inspects your current drivers and finds newer ones online, then installs them?
 
Old 05-24-2007, 12:20 AM   #4
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No. Drivers, like all other software, are upgraded via the repositories of whatever Linux distribution you're using. In the case of Mepis, it uses the Ubuntu Dapper repos. Whenever the software or drivers in the Ubuntu repositories are updated, your Mepis will alert you that updates are available (assuming you have the updater applet installed on your panel). You can also update your Mepis manually from the command line:

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 # apt-get update
# apt-get upgrade
Or you can update via the graphic frontend for APT, Synaptic. See THIS tutorial on how to do that.

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Old 05-24-2007, 01:02 AM   #5
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I have Mepis setup as a dual boot with XP Pro. The screensaver in XP looked terrible and the animation was skipping. When I updated the Windows Nvidia driver it looks great. The screensaver in Mepis is looking like my original Windows one which makes me think I need to update the Linux version. Nvidia has Unix, Linux and BSD drivers for their older cards. I just can't figure out which is the correct one and how to install it.
 
Old 05-24-2007, 07:39 AM   #6
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HERE is a great tutorial from the Debian site that will show you what you need to do to get set up in Mepis. Mepis is a Debian-based distro. Most of what you read in that tutorial is applicable to Mepis also. Plus, there is a lot of info about Nvidia on the Mepis Lovers Forum. Search around there. 100% of everything you'll ever need to know about GNU/LInux is available online. You just gotta' search for it. Google is your friend!

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