6 Nvidia driver guide

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6 Nvidia driver guide

Postby LeadFingers » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:49 am

This guide was written for 1.7 and previous, the Harty section has not yet been added

Covered here are 3 different methods of installing your Nvidia drivers.
1) Envy
2) Restricted drivers Manager
3) Compiling them yourself (for geeks only)

make sure your hooked up to the net
open Envy (Applications/System tools/Envy)
Select "Install Nvidia drivers"
Envy should detect your card, install the correct driver & reboot.
if this brings you to your desktop, you're done

If this doesn't bring you back to your desktop
from a terminal type
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sudo envy-t

This will start the envy GUI
this time select "install the Driver Manually"
To select correct version read Which nvidia driver do I use
Envy should install the correct driver & reboot.
if this brings you to your desktop, you're done

If this doesn't bring you back to your desktop
from a terminal type
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sudo envy --uninstall-all

Reboot & post in the Help & support section


Make sure your hooked up to the net
Open Restricted driver manager (System/Administration/Restricted driver manager)
Enter your password
Check the box in the "enable" column
select "Enable Driver"
After it downloads & installs your driver, you need to restart your computer.
If this brings you to your desktop, you're done

If this doesn't bring you back to your desktop,
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sudo cp /var/cache/restricted-manager/nvidia.oldconfig /etc/X11/xorg.conf

make sure X11 uses capitol "X"
this will roll-back your xorg.conf to the configuration before you used Restricted Manager.
you need to reconfigure xorg,
so you can get back to your desktop and try a different method.
Hopefully you've read the Dreaded Black Screen guide, which tells you how to do this.

It's generally best to install your drivers with Envy.
You get newer drivers, which can solve possible issues,
you can start the Envy GUI from the command line,
and it's easier to uninstall a problem driver.

Copied from TheeMahn's how to

At the time of posting Nvidia has 3 driver classes. to see which driver you use see which nvidia driver do I use
In the below example you will need to substitute your driver # in the place of the XXX.XX.XX
Pay close attention to the order in which video drivers go in

1. Install Ultimate Edition DVD
2. initial bootscript I install adobe and flash no video drivers yet.
3. Run upgrade script, let it complete this upgrades the kernel - still no video drivers installed.
4. reboot
5. Install Video drivers

Note: There are 3 methods (I can think of currently) of installing video drivers, I suggest the envy method (Applications>>System Tools>>Envy) for those running 1.4+, if it fails run envy -t in the terminal and remove them, you can also try the restricted manager (System>Administration>Restricted Drivers Manager), if all else has failed and irregardless even if it was successful be sure to review the xorg section of this mini-howto:

Video Drivers: Nvidia

Note: Some may find it easier to download the driver in the GUI then to have to type wget blah blah you can obtain the newest nvidia driver here.
After you download it set execution rights on it.

Right click properties execution rights checked.
Those that use the GUI method will not have to enter 2 of the following commands as seen below:
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wget -c http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/XXX>XX>XX/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-XXX>XX>XX-pkg1.run

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sudo chmod 777 NVIDIA-Linux-x86-XXX>XX>XX-pkg1.run

Getting started

1. Press ctrl-alt-F2 & login
2. terminal:
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sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

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wget -c http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/XXX.XX.XX/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-XXX.XX.XX-pkg1.run

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sudo chmod 777 NVIDIA-Linux-x86-XXX.XX.XX-pkg1.run

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sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-XXX.XX.XX-pkg1.run

3. accept the license agreement, yes you wish to compile, no you do not wish to download your kernel, yes update your xorg, in my case I copy an xorg overtop /etc/X11/xorg.conf from another hard disk, this keeps all my tweaks intact.
4. Bring up the GUI
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sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

Edit your xorg to allow for Compiz fusion
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sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Go down to the screen section and paste the following:
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Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"

Should look similar to:
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Section "Screen"
    Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Videocard0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24

Save and exit, press ctrl-alt-backspace to restart x-server with changes.
Enjoy your cutting edge video driver & Compiz fusion
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