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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby Fastaslightning on Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:49 pm

I am having a problem with the newest release Mint 16. I love the look, and it seems like once it is set up I will like it much more than my last OS. I have to be 100% honest, I really haven't used anything but Windows, but always wanted to try Linux.

Here is the problem. I have an old machine I am trying to keep going, and the lighter OS seems like the perfect match. It is a Pentium 4 machine with a 3.0Ghz processor. The reason I really tried to upgrade the computer for one major problem. My computer was freezing at times. Turned out to be the video card. It was a Nvidia GeForce 6200. It was overheated. I replaced that card with Another Nvidia AGP card. It is a NV35GL Quattro FX 3000.

Here is the problem. I used the Nvidia site to find the right drivers. They said it is the 173.14.39. I downloaded it. I then installed it with the method on page one. The first time after installing it, and the reboot, the xserver would not restart correctly. I never got the promp to remove the noveau driver though, so I went and looked up how to do that. I tried removing the noveau drivers and then intalling the right driver again. Still no dice. Since the install was new, I just decided that it would be easier to just reinstall mint vs try to fix this. I was hoping that the new install would ask to remove it on the new driver install.

Now I have installed Mint again, and downloaded the supposed right driver for the card. Upon following the instructions on page one again, this time I was met with this problem. "The libc header file is missing, please install the proper libc development package for your distro". I don't know where to find this, and I don't know why the same install and the same file have produced two different results.

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby Fastaslightning on Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:57 am

Okay, seems that I failed my way forward from my last position. I tried to install the 173.1437 drivers that Mint 16 said were "recommended" Then I tried to use the computer, but it was lagging crazy bad. I would click on something, walk away and come back to the computer 2 minutes later, and finally the action would be done. I am not kidding to say that I literally took 20 minutes to reopen the drivers window.

I am guessing that the latest Mint doesn't support the kernels or something of that sort. I then followed the instructions on page one to install the newest drivers for my card which is a nVidia Quadro FX 3000. The nVidia site said that the newest driver for that was the 173.1439. I downloaded, and did exactly what the instructions say, and it loaded them up. The only difference is that it never stopped the install and then blacklisted the noveau driver, it just installed it the first time. I finished the install, restarted the MDM, and again, only one screen is recognized.

On top of that, it is crazy laggy as well. I mean CRAZY LAGGY, like the cpu and gpu are actually fighting each other at times. It has these screen "mishaps" as well where there are these small icons that appear on the left and top of the screen and the menu is almost not tinted at all, where you cannot really read the names of the applications.

Any ideas on what could be the problem would be appreciated.
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby rbenic on Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:21 pm

Is there any way to use the drivers with Optimus graphics?
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby jms250 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks for the info, helped to understand what was required. Installed Mint14.
Since I have a Nvidia GeFx5200 card (Dell 4600i) I needed to install NVIDIA 173.14.xx driver.
I was able to load nvidia 173.14.36 but still had nvidia-settings " unable to load X server display configuration page:"
and was unable to detect 2nd monitor.
Supposedly a known bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-settings-updates/+bug/539196
lots more forum reading ... gave suggestions on possible fixes.
But I tried and was succesful using smxi / sfgxi (simple graphics installer) that had an option in loading nvidia non-free driver.
http://smxi.org/site/about.htm
Perhaps others w/ legacy cards will need to do the same.
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby carsten888 on Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:57 pm

got stuck at step 1. download the driver.
http://www.geforce.com/drivers
gives no search results, but their French site still works :)
http://www.nvidia.fr/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-en
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby Skrell on Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:55 am

rbenic wrote:Is there any way to use the drivers with Optimus graphics?

bump!!!!
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby qusqui21 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:01 am

Hello. I have a big problem on low level. I cant stop mdm, so i cant install old drivers for my Nvidia 420mx (96.x.x.x). I get that message and i dont know next what to do :( Image
#edit1 i solved it by login in to recovery mod but now when i do it i get information that i dont have libc header files installed on my system :/
#edit install build-essential was a solution but now i get information that kernel header file '.../version.h' does not exist. The most likely reason for this is that the kernel source files in '.../build' have not been configued.
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Re: How to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers in LinuxMi

Postby primski on Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:09 am

nvidia proprietary driver doesn't work with my NVIDIA Corporation GK208M [GeForce GT 740M] (rev a1)
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