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Old 07-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
thanhooh
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Installing Nvidia driver with '.run' extension in Ubuntu


hi all.
I am trying to install Nvidia card driver. The driver has got a .run extension and i don't know how to handle that, I've tried to extract like i did with .tar files but didn't work. I clicked the file while in X window and it opens a terminal and runs for a sec and said i have to exit X window and run as root. so i exit X window and login form CUI, navigate to the folder and type "NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.08-pkg1.run" but nothing happens, so i add sudo and tried but All i get is "NVIDIA command not found". I guess this is not a problem but i just don't know how to handle the .run file. please help. I am using Ubuntu Lucid Lynx LTS. I' ve checked other threads and found some issues regarding Nvidia drivers but i wanna know how to handle the .run files.
If you guys are not so busy I would like to ask one more thing. I've windows xp, 7, Puppy Linux and Lucid Lynx on my desktop and whenever i repair windows the GRUB got damaged. Is there a way to recover the loader without reinstalling the whole linux OS like getting into recovery console and fixboot,, fixmbr for restoring windows? I am sure there must be a way but i don't know. to be honest i did check out some of the threads but couldn't find it yet.
 
Old 07-22-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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Did you read the directions in the README file?

Basically, you need to make sure you have the linux headers installed and then you need to chmod +x the .run file. Then just run it as root by doing ./NVIDIA-blahblah.run from within the same directory.

Since you're using Ubuntu, you might prefer to use the driver included in their distro. Follow these instructions.
 
Old 07-22-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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[Alt+F2]gksu jockey-gtk[/Alt+F2]

When you run this command, the Hardware Drivers utility should load. From there, you should be in good shape.
 
Old 07-23-2010, 03:35 AM   #4
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thanks for the tips guys, I am getting it. rite now I am trying to set ubuntu to boot into a different run level for installing the driver. pljvaldez your links are superb, i specially like the Saikee's Grub booting tips, thats awesome and everyone should check it out. Kenny Strawn the command you gave me was a gem. it opens up a list of available but restricted drivers but unfortunately i couldn't activate it right away. Thanks a lot to both of you. Ill get back when I am done. This is great.
 
  


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