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Geforce 650 driver question

Post by jsplicer » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:50 pm

I'm running LM 18.3, with the 4.13.0-32-generic kernel. I'm not even sure this question is in the proper thread, but here goes..
Being concerned about Meltdown & Spectre, I updated my Kernel to the latest available, installed the microcode update. Notice they are saying to update graphics card drivers. I have been using the open source driver that came with 18.3, xserver-xorg-video-nouveau Version 1:1.0.12-1build2, because it always works when I do a kernel update, never had a problem with it other than probably not getting the most out of my GPU but good enough for me. I tried to install the recommended nvidia-384.111-0Ubuntu0.16.04.1, but it won't let me change the resolution on my LCD display to anything higher than 640 by 480, so I reverted back to the Nouveau driver, then I went to the website of nvidia & noticed they had a newer driver 390.25, so I downloaded that, and installed from the terminal, but that won't install because it says my x-server is running, that I have to shut it down first.

I read the read me's from nvidia, and tried to make a /usr/local/modprobe.d file that says blacklist nouveau & modeset=0. None of this helped upon restart, the same problem persists.
My question is this: Do I really need to use the nvidia driver at all, or is the nouveau one safe? Nvidia website says it hasn't been updated and is not used anymore.

If I do need the updated driver from nvidia, how do I shut down xserver so I can install the updated 390 driver, because the 384 driver in the driver manager doesn't work.
Motherboard: EP45 UD3P
CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q8400
Memory: 4GiB DDR2 PC6400
GPU: NVIDIA GK107 Geforce GTX650
HD Drives: 1 SSD Samsung 840 EVO 120 GiB for /, Western Digital 1 TB for /home, USB2 500 GiB WD drive for /home backup

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Re: Geforce 650 driver question

Post by catweazel » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:08 am

The easiest way to add the newer 390 series proprietary driver is to use a PPA.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt update && sudo apt install nvidia-390 nvidia-settings
As with all PPAs, you should verify it for yourself and decide if you trust it or not.
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Re: Geforce 650 driver question

Post by jsplicer » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:51 pm

For some reason after trying the recommended nvidia 384.111 driver a second time, it installed correctly and gave me the correct resolution on my screen.
Motherboard: EP45 UD3P
CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q8400
Memory: 4GiB DDR2 PC6400
GPU: NVIDIA GK107 Geforce GTX650
HD Drives: 1 SSD Samsung 840 EVO 120 GiB for /, Western Digital 1 TB for /home, USB2 500 GiB WD drive for /home backup

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