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Nvidia problem

Postby Stratogiest on Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:39 pm

I'm trying to download the drivers for my Nvidia GTX 280. I found the drivers all well and good but when I go to open the file I get this:
Could not open the file /home/vincent/Downloads/…A-Linux-x86_64-310.32.run.
gedit has not been able to detect the character encoding.
Please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
Select a character encoding from the menu and try again.
That's what pops up when I try to open the file for the drivers. What did I do wrong :(
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Re: Nvidia problem

Postby passerby on Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:43 pm

Don't open it with gedit. That file needs to be executed.
That being said, instead of manually installing the driver you're better off doing so through a package manager.
eg. Open synaptic package manager, find nvidia-current, nvidia-experimental-310 or whichever driver you desire, install it, then restart for it to take effect.
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Re: Nvidia problem

Postby Stratogiest on Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:09 pm

not to sound like a complete idiot, but where do I open the synaptic package manager? I just started using Linux, as in less than 24hrs. using Linux OS
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Re: Nvidia problem

Postby passerby on Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:33 am

It should be in Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. You can also open it by opening a terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and typing in:
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sudo synaptic

then typing in your password when prompted. Or, if you'd rather, you can open a terminal and type in:
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sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

to install from the command line.

Synaptic is a way to browse packages, install them, remove, upgrade, etc.
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