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Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby Go2doug on Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:57 pm

I installed the Nvidia driver with Envy. Currently the driver version 173.14.12, and the driver available in my package manager (nvidia-glx-new-envy) is also at 173.14.12.

The Nvidia website says that the latest driver version is 180.22.

How can I install this driver? Should I use Envy somehow? If I try to install it outside the package manager, will it mess things up? Thanks.
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Re: Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby hotweiss on Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:29 am

I'm using the 180.22 driver now and it is not too stable. Stick with 173.14.12 if you have no problems...
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Re: Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby alainr on Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:48 am

If you currently have the 173.xx.xx driver installed, then your gpu is probably not supported by the 180.xx series.
See this list: ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux ... dix-a.html
For a list of most recent driver versions, see this: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=122606

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Re: Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby garda on Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:34 am

I second Hotweiss' suggestion. Don't upgrade if you are not experiencing untreatable technical difficulties with the one currently in use.
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Re: Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby Go2doug on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:04 am

alainr wrote:If you currently have the 173.xx.xx driver installed, then your gpu is probably not supported by the 180.xx series.
See this list: ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux ... dix-a.html
For a list of most recent driver versions, see this: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=122606

greetings
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On that Nvidia page my graphic card shows up in the first section as "GeForce 8600 GTS 0x0400"; what do you make of that? I'm pretty sure that my graphics card would support the 180.xx driver since it's less than two years old and was almost the best from Nvidia when it was released.

I will follow Hotweis' advice and stick with the 173.x driver since it seems to run Sauerbraten, Tremulous, Alien Arena, and Open Arena pretty smoothly (although I have not tinkered very much with the games' video settings).

Still, if I wanted to install the 180.22 driver what would be the best way to do it, since it is not showing up in Adept (I am using Mint KDE)? Thanks very much for your replies.
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Re: Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby Go2doug on Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:44 pm

Go2doug wrote:Still, if I wanted to install the 180.22 driver what would be the best way to do it, since it is not showing up in Adept (I am using Mint KDE)? Thanks very much for your replies.


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Re: Getting the latest Nvidia driver installed

Postby jojo1028 on Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:56 pm

hi,

Just follow this how to, should work like a charm. http://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=13914

(if you re on kde, it might be sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop at some moment instead of sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop ) :)
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