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Old 07-04-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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Restricted Nvidia drivers not listed in Hardware Drivers (8.04 Hardy Heron, liveCD)

Wanting to test the nvidia drivers work before installing to hard drive,

I can see where in the file manager the restricted drivers are,

but the Hardware Drivers lists nothing at all, so I can't Enable them.

Also downloaded Nvidia's own linux driver,

but (1) it gives me 'permission denied' when I try to copy or move it to Ubuntu from a USB save (even when I am logged in as root, so I maybe need to chmod it)

& (2) the advice here

says it's best to use Ubuntu's provided drivers first anyway, before trying out the one Nvidia provides - or at least that's what I take this to mean:

"Obtaining Needed Software

Before you begin, it is strongly advised that your already have Xorg working acceptably with the 'nv' drivers included."

So I'm not sure how to proceed. Tried here too,

and in answer to the Prerequisites listed, - I'm wanting to enable the full 3D (eg: running some of Ubuntu's games and screensavers I can see that the graphics are very slow / dropping many frames, plus the Hardware Testing does not show up the testcard bars),
I get a line of text to print out from that command given,
and the card is a 8600GT.

Again though, the guide there is saying to Enable the provided drivers using Hardware Drivers, and I can't because they don't show up there!

cheers for any advice for this.

I'd prefer to try the Ubuntu provided drivers first, & see how they do with the card.
Old 07-04-2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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A couple of things you need to know ...

" ... it gives me 'permission denied' when I try to copy or move it to Ubuntu from a USB save (even when I am logged in as root, so I maybe need to chmod it)"

The Live CD mounts are Read Only. You will need to install to the Hard Drive first, then reboot and continue to install the drivers from NVIDIA.

"I get a line of text to print out from that command given, and the card is a 8600GT."

You may need to install a driver that is for a similiar card, if there is not one that matches exactly. For example, on my Mandriva system the card is identified as GeForce 6100 nForce 430, but I use the driver listed as NVIDIA GeForce FX to GeForce 8800.
Old 07-04-2008, 05:07 PM   #3
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Don't worry about those drivers, should be a piece of cake. Simply do the install and then enable the proprietary drivers from System > Administration > Hardware drivers. No manual install required at all unless you are using the 9xxx series.
Old 07-06-2008, 11:11 AM   #4
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I kinda suspected that but wanted to test it out first on the CD. Ah well then, installation first! Thanks.
Old 07-06-2008, 11:16 AM   #5
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You should have no problem with the 8600GT - it is supported by the restricted nvidia driver (the one for newer cards) in the Ubuntu repos, and you should be invited to install it automatically as soon as the full Ubuntu install is complete.

There are some very good guides to setting up full multimedia support once you have Ubuntu up and running. The following link is especially good - if you follow it carefully you should be fine. The tutorial looks longer than it really is, as it covers all versions of Ubuntu.


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