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Installing nVIDIA drivers in Ubuntu (short)

Posted by stringofthoughts on April 3, 2009

This is the short version of my earlier post on the same topic with a lot of explaination. If you want the full explaination click here.

The system i’m using is a Dell XPS M1530 laptop with nVIDIA Geforce 8400M GS Before you go through these steps remove all the nvidia packages that you ‘ve installed while trying to make the driver work.

Download the nVIDIA driver package NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.44-pkg1.run . This driver support these graphics cards. ( Always check nVIDIA driver page though)

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install linux-source

$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers

$ sudo apt-get install gcc build-essential

$ sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-nv

Restart the system.  When the login screen comes type Ctrl+Alt+F1 . It’ll take you to command prompt. Log in and execute these commands

$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

$ sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.44-pkg1.run

Follow the instructions. Say No when it asks for downloading the precompiled kernel from it’s ftp site and choose to compile the kernel. Update the xorg.conf

$ sudo reboot


2 Responses to “Installing nVIDIA drivers in Ubuntu (short)”

  1. officerdibble said

    Slight typo here the above line should be:- $ sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.44-pkg1.run

    Works great though.


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