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post #11 of 30
The drivers (or any program) for that matter are not going to come as .exe files that you can double click. The vast majority of programs you will ever want to install can be done via apt-get, synaptic, or another program that installs via software repositories.

I have never installed the drivers downloaded from the nvidia website, however I just dled it and see that its a .run file.
Try running
Code:
sudo sh nameoffileyoudled
in a terminal window.
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post #12 of 30
Its actually System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers

When you click on it there should be a window that pops up that says 'searching for additional drivers' followed by a windows that looks like this:

Where you should see some nvidia drivers you can install.

This method will probably be a lot less problematic/more straightforward. However running the file you dled might just work... idk.
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Originally Posted by Xazen View Post
Its actually System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers

When you click on it there should be a window that pops up that says 'searching for additional drivers' followed by a windows that looks like this:

Where you should see some nvidia drivers you can install.

This method will probably be a lot less problematic/more straightforward. However running the file you dled might just work... idk.
This is the best way to do it on Ubuntu. Assuming it works.

Problem is, Ubuntu is probably shipping an old version of the driver that doesn't (yet) recognize the 560.
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post #14 of 30
i personally like the .run command line install for drivers however... its not exactly the most new user friendly process in the world

youll have to kill your gdm server running first, and then do a command line login, browse to the fine and sudo sh it, then you have to run through the script, disable the current driver, reboot and login in a low resolution, kill gdm again, run the script again, finally install the driver, start gdm back up, and you can login normally again with your full resolutions supported

it sounds complicated, and if you are new it might be over whelming to drop out of your gui, but its a simple process that can take you like 2 minutes if you know what you are doing

i have heard that nvidia's script had trouble stopping the current driver in ubuntu though and so it couldnt actually install due to failing to disable the one running :/ i have no clue on that one, i dont run ubuntu

your best bet might be to wait for ubuntu to update the drivers supplied through their gui
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post #15 of 30
Do you only reboot to restart gdm? Why not just 'sudo bash && service gdm restart' instead? I wouldn't say that's too complicated.
post #16 of 30
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Do you only reboot to restart gdm? Why not just 'sudo bash && service gdm restart' instead? I wouldn't say that's too complicated.
[edit] Oh yeah, you can just restart/start gdm again. I'd just do it with:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start (I take that back, no restart but start because you have to stop gdm to install)

That's much quicker than the sudo bash..... stuff.

Ctrl + F1 (any nummber) gets you to command, then either use:

sudo killall -9 gdm (or gdm3)
or
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop (or gdm3)

After that you have to kill xorg:

sudo killall -9 Xorg

Then you have to run the .run file and install, but he'll have to blacklist nouveau which will require a restart. He'll have to kill/stop gdm and kill xorg again. Then run the .run file again to install the drivers.

You HAVE to stop GDM some how though, it will invoke Xorg again and keep you from installing the .run file, it's a pain. ='( You could probably switch your init run level, or go to single user mode (at grub) and install that way which works well too.

Your also going to need the beta drivers, cause that's the only driver that supports the GTX560

[edit] It is ctrl+alt+F#
Edited by mushroomboy - 3/14/11 at 1:08pm
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post #17 of 30
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Do you only reboot to restart gdm? Why not just 'sudo bash && service gdm restart' instead? I wouldn't say that's too complicated.
you restart to disable the current running driver because it puts the file there and you just have to reboot to have the driver blacklisted

it wont let you install the nvidia drivers while they are still there, the script just says it can put the file there and you need to reboot

there is probably a simple way around it, but for a desktop system where you are installing video drivers i dont see a problem with one reset because you dont need the close to 100% uptime of a server


EDIT: you can start/stop the gdm server with

/etc/init.d/gdm stop
/etc/init.d/gdm start

normal sysv startup script service stuff...
Edited by EntTheGod - 3/14/11 at 12:11pm
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post #18 of 30
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[edit] Oh yeah, you can just restart/start gdm again. I'd just do it with:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start (I take that back, no restart but start because you have to stop gdm to install)

That's much quicker than the sudo bash..... stuff.

Ctrl + F1 (any nummber) gets you to command, then either use:

sudo killall -9 gdm (or gdm3)
or
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop (or gdm3)

After that you have to kill xorg:

sudo killall -9 Xorg

Then you have to run the .run file and install, but he'll have to blacklist nouveau which will require a restart. He'll have to kill/stop gdm and kill xorg again. Then run the .run file again to install the drivers.

You HAVE to stop GDM some how though, it will invoke Xorg again and keep you from installing the .run file, it's a pain. ='( You could probably switch your init run level, or go to single user mode (at grub) and install that way which works well too.

Your also going to need the beta drivers, cause that's the only driver that supports the GTX560
I did the /etc/init.d/kdm stop stuff, and the terminal told me to use service <name of service> <action> instead.

Isn't Alt + Ctrl + Fkey for a virtual terminal? What does that do exaclty. I've used it before, but I like knowing what things do, ya know?

Nvidia drivers sound like a pain to install on Linux through a terminal. At least they'll work without compiling xorg yourself, though.
post #19 of 30
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I did the /etc/init.d/kdm stop stuff, and the terminal told me to use service <name of service> <action> instead.

Isn't Alt + Ctrl + Fkey for a virtual terminal? What does that do exaclty. I've used it before, but I like knowing what things do, ya know?

Nvidia drivers sound like a pain to install on Linux through a terminal. At least they'll work without compiling xorg yourself, though.
It's actually very easy once you do it, the first time is complicated because you need to blacklist the nouveau driver as it conflicts. Other than that it's real easy. You can do dkms installs without dropping into the shell, but that can be harder to set up.

Ctrl + F# (no ALT) stops the xserver and drops you into the TTYL as if you booted into command only and logged in. Xorg still runs and you can switch back in by using Ctrl+F7, I think 1-6 are all TTYL consoles. You do this to stop Xorg from running so you can install the video drivers the old way. There are plenty of "new" ways to install Nvidia drivers without killing Xorg, in fact Radeon does it already but Nvidia doesn't for whatever reason.

You can also use module-assistant, which is the preferred Debian way (kind of) for many. It makes it as easy as one command:

sudo m-a a-i nvidia

Long command:

sudo module-assistant auto-install nvidia

Either way that works without killing xorg but only installs the driver version that's in the repositories. With the GTX560 he might need the beta drivers, which are only supplied in the .run format. I've also had problems with module assistant, sometimes the drivers in the repo won't compile where the .run packages have always compiled.
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post #20 of 30
ctrl+f# doesnt work for me

i thnk the keyboard shortcuts for reaching a command line are distro specific
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