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Old 06-25-2016, 12:28 PM   #1
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Can't install proprietary graphic driver


Hi!

I'm running Linux Mint 17.3 on an old desktop computer. Sometimes the computer freezes and video play is sluggish. For instance on Youtube.

I tried to install the proprietary Nvidia driver but I get an error message. My graphic card is Nvidia Geforce FX 5600. Here is the error message I get:

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Is it possible to install the proprietary Nvidia driver? I would be thankful for some assistance.
 
Old 06-25-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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The 5000 series is not supported (by Nvidia) any more. 6000 series and later are.
That could be the issue with the old nvidia included (from Ubuntu.)

E.g. Geforce 6600, vga or PCIe sells for next to nothing on the Internet (Ebay UK.)
Or get a card for nothing .. I still have saved some, both vga and PCIe.



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Old 06-25-2016, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thanks knudfl! So my graphic card is to old. Then I have to live with my computer freezing occasionally. And Youtube running sluggish (the movie is running slowly). I don't know if I want to make the effort getting a newer graphic card.

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Old 06-25-2016, 05:54 PM   #4
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That is what happens with proprietary drivers and no information.

The generic Linux driver has to be reverse engineered... so it will sometimes be a bit of a problem, though you can still report bugs on the generic driver. It may get fixed (kind of depends on how many other people are also being bit with the problem).
 
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Old 06-25-2016, 05:54 PM   #5
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thort,

Try this:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-d...31-driver.html

Supported products:

GeForce 5 FX series:
PCX 5900, PCX 5750, PCX 5300, FX 5950 Ultra, FX 5900ZT, FX 5900XT, FX 5900 Ultra, FX 5900, FX 5800 Ultra, FX 5800, FX 5700VE, FX 5700 Ultra, FX 5700LE, FX 5700, FX 5600XT, FX 5600 Ultra, FX 5600, FX 5500, FX 5200 Ultra, FX 5200LE, FX 5200, FX 5100
 
Old 06-25-2016, 06:37 PM   #6
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I'm running Linux Mint 17.3 on an old desktop computer. Sometimes the computer freezes and video play is sluggish. For instance on Youtube.
Hi...

What are the hardware specs of this system and what desktop environment are you using. It may be that the version of Mint you are running is too "heavy" for the computer.

It could be that that Mint 17.3 Xorg version will not support the Nvidia 96 or 173 drivers. I found this thread concerning this issue with Mint 13. The solution would be to downgrade the version of Xorg, although I'm not sure if that would be enough or possible with 17.3.

Regards...
 
Old 06-25-2016, 11:54 PM   #7
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for the OLD 173 driver you MUST!!!! have xorg of 1.15 or 1.14
there is NO way around that !!!


from
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/drive...px/71303/en-us

Quote:
Added support for X.org xserver ABI 15 (xorg-server 1.15).
 
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:13 PM   #8
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Thanks jpollard, beachboy2, ardvark71 and John VV for your replies! I've looked into your suggestions. It seems a bit complicated for me to change to the an older Nvidia driver which is compatible with my Nvidia Geforce FX 5600 card. Maybe it's better if I get a modern card which is compatible with the Nvidia-173 driver recommended in the Driver Manager. I assume a modern card will handle 720p and 1080p videos on Youtube better than my old Geforce FX 5600 card.
 
Old 06-26-2016, 03:24 PM   #9
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Reading.
 
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:33 PM   #10
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Thanks Emerson! Interesting!
 
Old 06-26-2016, 03:59 PM   #11
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Hi all.

I had a thought kinda along these lines, before seeing this thread and wondered if hardware enters a sort of public domain rights when it gets outdated? Not to highjack your thread or anything.

Where I will say testing other distros and drivers or donating it somewhere sounds good? (Plus, not recyclable e.g..)

The longer you spend shopping for a good card and compatibility the better, I'm a big fan of used! People like upgrading those often so could be good deals? (I don't game much anymore...)

have fun.
 
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If you get a new card definitely go nvidia for linux. I love amd and all but ati cards tend to have problems in linux.
 
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:08 AM   #13
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Thanks biosboy4 for your advice!
 
Old 06-27-2016, 10:28 AM   #14
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Right now I haven't read up on Intel Sandy Bridge, but I've got a feeling it has built in HVEC decoding, maybe even encoding. If someone knows more about it - I'm all ears.
 
  


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