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Installing Linux nVidia Drivers in Ubuntu 8.04

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Hello all!

I just recently decided to install Ubuntu on my sig rig and need help installing the newest nVidia drivers for my 9600GT. I followed the instructions on the site but it just says that it can't open the package. If anyone could provide me with detailed steps to follow to install these drivers it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Hardy#NVidia_Driver
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have u tried just the hardware drivers? used to be called restricted?
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Okay, well I had already looked at that and it was a bit complex for me. I'm not at all familiar with the commands used in Linux or what most things mean. I was really looking for something a bit more simplified.

I DID install Envy and forced the install of the 169.12 drivers but that just made my system lock up on boot and I had to reinstall Ubuntu. I know these drivers aren't compatible with my card but I thought I would give it a try anyway.

Also when I go System>Administration>Hardware Drivers it says "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system."

So what I really need here is an explanation of the type of package with a .run suffix and how to open/run it using either a third party program or the console.
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With the official driver from the nvidia site, you need to do the following:
  1. Download the nivida package into your home folder (/home/whatever or ~).
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - This will take you to a full screen terminal.
  3. Login
  4. Type sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop to kill the GUI
  5. Type cd ~ if you are not in your home folder.
  6. Type ./NVIDIA*
  7. Do as they say for the drivers. It should be just hitting enter, defaults should be fine. If you auto configure, do not do the step below (editing xorg.conf in nano).
  8. do sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change driver "nv" to driver "nvida"
  9. save (ctrl+O) then exit (ctrl+X) and then do 'sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start' to restart the GUI, using the nvidia driver.
  10. I recommend using 'sudo nvidia-settings' to run the nvidia-settings tool to configure the display as you like. It's the best tool available.
  11. ???
  12. PROFIT!

Note whenever there is a kernel upgrade you will need to reinstall the driver, but you won't need to set it up again. Just follow the same steps in this situation, but don't do any configuration, it should work without it, as you did it before. I recommend you keep a copy of the nvidia driver and these instructions in your home directory, so when it does update, you can just do 'cat driverinstructions' (if driverinstructions was a text file with these instructions in) and it'll tell you want to do. It becomes very easy once you have done it once or twice.
Edited by lattyware - 6/8/08 at 7:37am
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With the official driver from the nvidia site, you need to do the following:
  1. Download the nivida package into your home folder (/home/whatever or ~).
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - This will take you to a full screen terminal.
  3. Login
  4. Type sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop to kill the GUI
  5. Type cd ~ if you are not in your home folder.
  6. Type ./NVIDIA*
  7. Do as they say for the drivers. It should be just hitting enter, defaults should be fine. If you auto configure, do not do the step below (editing xorg.conf in nano).
  8. do sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change driver "nv" to driver "nvida"
  9. save (ctrl+O) then exit (ctrl+X) and then do 'sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start' to restart the GUI, using the nvidia driver.
  10. I recommend using 'sudo nvidia-settings' to run the nvidia-settings tool to configure the display as you like. It's the best tool available.
  11. ???
  12. PROFIT!
lmao, thank you very much I'll try that out. anon is everywhere it seems !
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Alright, so I installed the driver after installing the libc6-dev package and now it says that it can't recognize my display or my graphics card. I'm really confused . Could someone help me out who has installed Ubuntu and a 9600GT?
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Alright, so I installed the driver after installing the libc6-dev package and now it says that it can't recognize my display or my graphics card. I'm really confused . Could someone help me out who has installed Ubuntu and a 9600GT?
Most likely the install has thrown out some of the settings in your X config.

If you havent already, sudo apt-get install nvidia-xconfig

That will get you the linux equivalent of a control panel.

Restart after you get that far, and post back.
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Most likely the install has thrown out some of the settings in your X config.

If you havent already, sudo apt-get install nvidia-xconfig

That will get you the linux equivalent of a control panel.

Restart after you get that far, and post back.
Okay I'll try that. Just gotta boot out of Vista and into Ubuntu.

EDIT: I installed xconfig and rebooted, what now?
Edited by GANDALFtheGREY - 6/8/08 at 4:12pm
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Okay I'll try that. Just gotta boot out of Vista and into Ubuntu.

EDIT: I installed xconfig and rebooted, what now?
Is the problem that your resolution is stuck ultra low, or is it that you have no display at all?

I could do with having a look at your xorg.conf file.

If you run 'sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf' and paste the contents of anything labelled 'monitor' or 'screen' here that would be helpful.

If you are confined to text only mode, you would have to run sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf, then take a pic of the screen.

Sorry if this is long winded.
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