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Old 07-09-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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problem with nvidia driver install

Hi everyone, I'm just a baby of a few hours in linux. Infact I've seen the linux(ubuntu 11.04) for the first time today. I don't know anything about linux & i'm not able to install my nVidia 8600gt graphics driver. I've downloaded the .run file from here

when I'm opening the .run file it's showing an error

"Could not open the file /home/f1/Downloads/

gedit has not been able to detect the character encoding.
Please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
Select a character encoding from the menu and try again."

After trying for all day long I found this HOWTO

but I don't have any idea what are they trying to say.

Any kind of help is welcome.

Thanks in advance
Old 07-09-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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If you are running Ubuntu, any flavour, you should install the Nvidia driver using Synaptic Package Manager on your system.

Ununtu supplies all the files you will need to make it work. I would not recommend you try to install the driver from Nvidia. It can be made to work, but will take a lot more effort on your part.

Do not try to follow a HowTo for another distro. Suse uses a different package manager, called Yast. You will not find that in Ubuntu.

You will need an internet connection working. You need to configure Synaptic. Under the tab marked settings, click it, and then Respritories. The "download from" allows you to select the country closest to where you live, then pick the 'main' 'universe' 'restricted' and 'multiverse'. That should give you enough to update, install what ever you want or need.

There should be a Nvidia-current package. Select and install it. Not sure what other things will need to be installed for your card, the system should figure out what else it needs. Let it install all packages it wants to. There are things like kernel headers you will need.

My Nvidia hardware is on a SLackware system. The method to install is different on Slack. I used Mandriva, and now Mageia, they have the drivers in the repos. The method here is more like Ubuntu.

If you have problems, post back.
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On Ubuntu you can simply use the Additional Drivers-program to install the drivers, you will find it in the settings menu.


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