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I decided to come over to the dark (bright maybe?) side with Ubuntu. I like it so far, just that compiz seems weird and the gui changed on me after a year of abstinence.

the problem is that I just have to install the nvidia driver.
the driver thing says the driver is activated but not currently in use. What should I do?

PS: I might have other questions so I'll just post here whenever. If I may...
PPS: I'm a total linux noob.

Edit: How do I get dual monitors working? Derp...
Edited by max it - 5/6/11 at 9:33pm
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Have you tried downloading the driver from Nvidia's website and installing it?
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Have you tried downloading the driver from Nvidia's website and installing it?
Slackware this is not.
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that's what you do in ubuntu... last i checked they did not have a package for the nvidia driver, you have to get the ./install.bin from their website.. try

$ apt-cache search nvidia

if there's a driver package there, apt-get install it

OP - we need to see the exact error message you are getting to troubleshoot. it should work fine with a small amount of effort
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Slackware this is not.
It doesn't matter though, the drivers from Nvidia's website works with every distro.
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LOL. 11.04 seems to be the wrong thing for people right now. And I love how they all just go for Ubuntu and never try the other variants. Seriously, OP maybe you should look at something like Kubuntu.

To get dual monitors working you'll need to open the nvidia system settings (control panel) and it should be straight forward from there.
     
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Have you tried downloading the driver from Nvidia's website and installing it?
It seems to give an error

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Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post
that's what you do in ubuntu... last i checked they did not have a package for the nvidia driver, you have to get the ./install.bin from their website.. try

$ apt-cache search nvidia

if there's a driver package there, apt-get install it

OP - we need to see the exact error message you are getting to troubleshoot. it should work fine with a small amount of effort
Like I said, please be noob friendly. Although you got my attention at the $ sign, you lost me at the apt.

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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
LOL. 11.04 seems to be the wrong thing for people right now. And I love how they all just go for Ubuntu and never try the other variants. Seriously, OP maybe you should look at something like Kubuntu.

I will take that into consideration.

To get dual monitors working you'll need to open the nvidia system settings (control panel) and it should be straight forward from there.
I cannot, for the life of me, find that control panel

In the end, I decided to wait for a better version of 11.04 to come out. Until then, I will have to live within the totalitarian grasp of Microsoft
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It seems to give an error



Like I said, please be noob friendly. Although you got my attention at the $ sign, you lost me at the apt.



I cannot, for the life of me, find that control panel

In the end, I decided to wait for a better version of 11.04 to come out. Until then, I will have to live within the totalitarian grasp of Microsoft
You quit way too early. If you don't know what apt-get is then you need to read up because it's the most integral and important thing a newbie should know for the buntus.

Do you know what the terminal/CLI is? You can do so much more from there and often faster and easier. That's why everyone is asking you to do things there.

And a better version of 11.04 is out. It goes by the names of Kubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu. There's also Fedora, openSUSE, Mint, and other distros to look at. Ubuntu DOES NOT EQUAL LINUX!

EDIT: PS, Did you remember to make sure the download was the Linux x64 drivers?

Next, to get to the nvidia control panel hit [Alt+F2] then type in "Nvidia X server settings" or "Nvidia settings" and that should get you the control panel.
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If the official nvidia binaries give you an error it would be extremely beneficial of you to read it and figure out what it means. You are most likely going to get the same error trying to install the driver any other way. Hands down the nvidia binaries tell you exactly what you need, if you don't listen than you'll never get anywhere.
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If I remember correctly, Ubuntu offers 2 versions of the Nvidia drivers in it's own package manager. One which is the latest, and one which is older (and probably more stable, but less likely to work with your card.)

I recommend trying to reinstall it again and make sure to restart your computer (I'm sure you did this time). If that doesn't work, install the older one.

Generally it is Ubuntu that screws up, and not the drivers themselves because Nvidia is really friendly. ALSO DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL IT FROM THE WEBSITE. It just makes things nasty.

Dual monitor setup is simple. Once you get the drivers working, just open the Nvidia Control Center, or type in the terminal
Code:
nvidia-settings
Then go to "X Server Display Configuration" and add your second monitor using "TwinView"
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