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Proprietary Drivers Nvidia 304 - MINT 20.1

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:16 pm
by hugomenezes
Hi,
I want to install Nvidia Geforce 6800GT AGP on Linux Mint 20.1 64bits to play games. How i can install these drivers on Mint 20.1 64bits?

Re: Proprietary Drivers Nvidia 304 - MINT 20.1

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:35 pm
by SMG
Here is what someone did to install the Nvidia-304 driver on Linux Mint 20.0 Nvidia legacy driver 304.137 working with Linux Mint 20 x64 xfce.

Nvidia stopped supporting that driver a long time ago.

Re: Proprietary Drivers Nvidia 304 - MINT 20.1

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:30 am
by raspu
As far as I know, the only driver that will work in Mint 20 with your graphics card is the open-source nouveau included in the Linux kernel. The propietary Nvidia driver 304 doesn't support the new kernels.

Re: Proprietary Drivers Nvidia 304 - MINT 20.1

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:56 am
by antikythera
Here is what someone did to install the Nvidia-304 driver on Linux Mint 20.0 Nvidia legacy driver 304.137 working with Linux Mint 20 x64 xfce.
On their head be it, I certainly wouldn't recommend anyone else try it. Pinning xserver leaves end users open to security risks but using bionic repositories with focal fossa based Mint 20 for such a critical package is asking for trouble anyway from a stability standpoint.

Re: Proprietary Drivers Nvidia 304 - MINT 20.1

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:52 am
by SMG
I agree that if one does that to get the Nivdia-304 to work for LM20 then they have a system which can not be upgraded/patched, even if it might seem stable.

The Nvidia-304 will not even work with the latest 4.15 kernel used in LM19. The last 4.15 kernel with which it works came out more than a year ago.