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Old 03-14-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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nvidia driver installation in 32 bit hardy laptop

ok first let me begin with apologies for a long post.
my freshly installed hardy system does not have driver for nvidia graphics card(nvidia 8400MGS).so i googled and found a site( which gave a step by step installation after downloading driver from
nvidia site.but after complete installation and succesfully creating a module(step 7) in kernal,rebooting stuck up and spat out saying graphics cannot be even my pre nvidia-installation look is lost and a very low resolution is set up(which i cannot change) after booting.

then i was told by someone to install missing drivers using synaptic.but because of some network problem or god only knows why it never starts just ends up saying unable to fetch some archives(after cancelling the process) .so synaptic is no option..

so i am left with terminal.i want to know how to install a driver in terminal using aptitude.all i want to know is in simple steps which does not include complex vocabulary like kernal modules and X windows.any reference site which works is fine.

let me remind u again that the system is a raw system which has been just would like you to mention any prerequisite softwares before installing the drivers...

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Old 03-14-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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If synaptic can't fetch something, it is usually caused by out-of-date indexes and you can fix that by running this on the command line:

sudo apt-get update

Try to see if you can download what you tried to after this update. To get a package using the command line run:

sudo apt-get install <package_you_want>

I only hope that you didn't mess up the kernel too much and it will work. Ubuntu's web pages on Nvidia drivers can be found here (but I never tried if the instructions work because I don't have this hardware):
Old 03-23-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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thanks its done
Old 03-23-2009, 09:35 PM   #4
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Just a glance question here. Is "sudo apt-get update" is same with "Update Manager"? We just use command instead we use the GUI?

I'm using Hardy as well.

Thanks and God bless.
Old 03-24-2009, 09:49 AM   #5
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The Update Manager will do an update of your system (all packages will be upgraded to latest versions). That is not the same as what "sudo apt-get update" does.

The command "sudo apt-get update" only updates the repository indexes, which is something you need to do if apt-get can't find a package. It won't actually download any package. See more details about it in "man apt-get".


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