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Old 05-19-2014, 01:50 AM   #1
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Installing NVidia driver in Mint 16


I am new to Linux, and Mint 16. I have gotten some things done, but have been stumped trying to add an NVidia graphics card driver. I have become the root, but cannot disable the X-server, which is preventing me from making progress. I'd appreciate any guidance offered.
 
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My first recommendation is to only use the driver downloaded from the NVIDIA website if you have to -- so either if your card is too new to be supported by the drivers included in Mint or some functionality you need is missing when using the included drivers. To install the drivers from the Mint repositories do something like the following (I use Debian so haven't done this in Mint but can confirm that in principal these are correct):
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1484
If you have to use drivers downloaded straight from NVIDIA then you'll need to do something like the following from a terminal reached by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 [or F3, F4, F5 or F6]:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=154932
Again, only download and install from NVIDIA direct to resolve and issue as it is much easier to stick with the drivers provided by your distribution.
 
  


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