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Old 03-30-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Downloaded NVidia Driver... How to install?!

I'm using an nvidia geforce 9800 gtx+ card
using ubuntu karmic
just downloaded this file:

It's just saved in my downloads folder... I'm not sure how to install it or really what I should be doing at all with it.

Thanks for any help
Old 03-30-2010, 01:55 PM   #2
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<<EDIT: The first link from pjlvaldez may well be the way to go (Always use the package manager if possible)..>>

To install the NVidia driver this way, you will have to have the basic development environment in place--including the kernel headers. The Ubuntu package manager / Software center / Whatever_they_call_it should have this in one packager.

You have to close X-Windows and then simply run the file you downloaded.

To close X-Winodws: "init 3"
cd to your downloads folder
set execute permission on the file using "chmod +x filename"
Then run the file (Just enter enough of the filename to be unambiguous, then a "*")

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Are you currently using the nouveau video driver? If so, there are a number of things you must first do. If not, you must first make sure the downloaded file is executable. Then you have to switch to a terminal and login as root. Stop the X server with:
init 3
Change to the directory where you downloaded the installer and run it with:
Answer the prompts and the driver will get built and installed. Then restart the X server with:
init 5
Cheers, Lou


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