Ubuntu: How do I install the new beta driver for Nvidia?


How do I install the new beta driver for Nvidia?

With Ubuntu before 12.04 I could do this:

1) Downloaded it from the site www.nvidia.com

2) Logout,

3) Move to tty1 (Ctrl + Alt + F1),

4) Stop lightdm or gdm (sudo service lightdm stop)

5) Remove any nvidia driver (sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current nvidia-settings)

6) Cd into downloaded folder (cd ~/Downloads/)

7) Run the installer (sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-***.run)

But this doesn't work anymore, i.e., after reboot I am presented with a very low graphic resolution (something about 320 x 400).


Why no just open the ADDITIONAL DRIVERS in the PREFERENCES panel and select the POST_RELEASE version of the driver?


I experienced this also. Check out the "dmesg" output. My installation was complaining about a Nvidia version mismatch between the kernel module and the driver. I think reinstalling the kernel fixed it, but I did a ton of stuff.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-`uname -r`  


I could install the new Nvidia beta 302 by adding the xorg-edgers ppa:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

Then update the system (the driver will be pushed automatically):

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

To revert (downgrade) use ppa-purge:

sudo ppa-purge xorg-edgers

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