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Old 12-28-2018, 06:29 AM   #1
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Help with drivers update


Hello, so I'm pretty new to using Linux (the first time I'd ever touched a Linux running computer was yesterday.) I'm running Xubuntu and can't figure out how to update the drivers for my GPU. It's an Nvidia Geforce 8200m. I tried using the instructions on the Nvidia website, but it just tells me it can't run it. I can't figure out this repository stuff or what one I need from it either.
If someone could hold my hand through this and tell me exactly what I need to type that'd be super great.
 
Old 12-28-2018, 06:42 AM   #2
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would be better to explain exactly what did you try and what's happened and where did you stop.
 
Old 12-28-2018, 06:47 AM   #3
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I've tried downloading the driver update from Nvidia and running it from the terminal, that's literally it now. I looked into doing it from some PPA thing, but that's where I stopped. I didn't want to try downloading something from the terminal from an unofficial site, especially with hardly a clue what I was going for. With how this stuff has been going for me there's a 90% chance I would have fucked something up. The last 24 hours have just been me breaking things and spending tons of time trying to fix it. So now I'm looking for guidance first so I can stop doing that.
 
Old 12-28-2018, 07:09 AM   #4
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Go to menu and type drivers. It should bring you to software sources, if not, look that up. There is a tab for additional drivers. Everything you need can be fulfilled through that. It will search and offer what to install. This is the best way to get the nVidia drivers installed on *buntus
 
Old 12-28-2018, 08:25 AM   #5
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Hello, so I'm pretty new to using Linux (the first time I'd ever touched a Linux running computer was yesterday.) [...] I can't figure out this repository stuff or what one I need from it either.
If someone could hold my hand through this and tell me exactly what I need to type that'd be super great.
For a guide to repositories and how they work, see https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...se-them-37648/
 
Old 12-31-2018, 12:33 PM   #6
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So I've been trying lots of stuff to get this done. The default drivers hardly work with my GPU, and when I use proprietary it works better, but really glitchy. I've been trying to get a 304 version installed but keep running into problems. First time doing it normally almost went through, then it failed saying "couldn't build kernel module". Second try after a fresh install opting out of third party updates it said the drivers weren't compatible with the current. It was noveua or something frenchy like that. Now after another attempt I get that gcc couldn't be found I think (Edit: it was cc in gcc). I don't know what to do, I saw in threads on other forums that people with my exact GPU had no problem installing legacy drivers straight from the terminal. I could really use some help.

Edit again: After sifting through a mountain of horribly noob hating bullshit I think I may be getting it. Feel free to post help if you can in case I'm wrong for the dozenth time.

Last edited by Blood Puddles; 12-31-2018 at 01:29 PM.
 
Old 12-31-2018, 03:03 PM   #7
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Haha, I've broken the OS four more times since the last post, but I've learned a lot and think I may really have it this time. One more clean install and shits gonna get done. (You should assume I'm wrong)
 
Old 12-31-2018, 03:44 PM   #8
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Well bad news everybody, it didn't work. Legacy GPUs aren't compatible with 18.04 unfortunately. I'll be very sadly downgrading my system in hopes I can upgrade it. I can't imagine that it's not gonna run better. Thanks everyone for taking the time to attempt to help, or just read this.
 
Old 01-01-2019, 07:35 AM   #9
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You could switch to AntiX. It's good on legacy hardware. And it's based on Debian, so the package management system will be familiar to you.
 
  


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