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Old 07-21-2017, 02:20 AM   #1
firosiro
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How do I update the Nvidia driver in antix-16?


I have an old laptop onto which I have loaded antix-16 and dual boot with Windows Vista. Mostly antix works fine and I am very happy with it - except Google Chrome browser menu goes completely black when I try to select it - and other video quality leaves a lot to be desired.

I thought perhaps upgrading the video driver for antix may resolve the issues but ran into problems.
As soon as I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to a terminal prompt, (with the intention of running sgfxi) the screen goes haywire and is unreadable. Also tried Ctrl+Alt+F2-F6 - with no improvement.

Details of PC: Acer Aspire 5520. 2GB ram. AMD 64x2 2.0 GHz processor. Nvidia GeForce 7000M/nForce610M video card.

Can anybody please help?
I am really new to Linux so please let me know the most easy method.
 
Old 07-21-2017, 02:52 AM   #2
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firosiro,

Welcome to LQ.

Here is some general information.

AntiX is based on Debian, so you need to follow the Debian way of dealing with your Nvidia GeForce 7000M/nForce610M video card.

Find out exactly which version of Debian is supporting your particular antiX.

AntiX 16.2 is based on Debian 8.8, for example.

Debian includes Free open source drivers that support most video cards. The Free drivers provide the best integration with the rest of the Debian system and work quite well for most users.

If you absolutely must have the proprietary closed source drivers, do NOT download them, in this case, the Nvidia website! Installing drivers this way only works for the current kernel, and after the next kernel update your video drivers will not work until they are manually reinstalled again.

Fortunately there is a Debian way to install proprietary video card drivers using packages in the repository. Installing the drivers the Debian way will make sure that the drivers continue to work after kernel updates.

To install Nvidia closed source drivers the Debian way:
https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
 
Old 07-21-2017, 03:39 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by beachboy2 View Post
firosiro,

Welcome to LQ.

Here is some general information.

AntiX is based on Debian, so you need to follow the Debian way of dealing with your Nvidia GeForce 7000M/nForce610M video card.

Find out exactly which version of Debian is supporting your particular antiX.

AntiX 16.2 is based on Debian 8.8, for example.

Debian includes Free open source drivers that support most video cards. The Free drivers provide the best integration with the rest of the Debian system and work quite well for most users.

If you absolutely must have the proprietary closed source drivers, do NOT download them, in this case, the Nvidia website! Installing drivers this way only works for the current kernel, and after the next kernel update your video drivers will not work until they are manually reinstalled again.

Fortunately there is a Debian way to install proprietary video card drivers using packages in the repository. Installing the drivers the Debian way will make sure that the drivers continue to work after kernel updates.

To install Nvidia closed source drivers the Debian way:
Thank you very much for sharing link to install Nvidia Graphics Drivers... that's really helpful as I have been struggling to update graphic card which needed a fix since last week. Now, everything is running smoothly!!!

Best Regards
Renny

Last edited by RennyJoseM; 07-21-2017 at 03:41 AM.
 
Old 07-21-2017, 06:37 PM   #4
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In your terminal, if it is unreadable, just type your user name and password the way you normally would, and then type reset. That should reset the terminal.
 
  


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