gF 8400 GS linux-display-amd64-256.53-driver
Also note that SuSE users should read the SuSE NVIDIA Installer HOWTO before downloading the driver.
Installation instructions: Once you have downloaded the driver, change to the directory containing the driver package and install the driver by running, as root, sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-256.53-pkg2.run
One of the last installation steps will offer to update your X configuration file. Either accept that offer, edit your X configuration file manually so that the NVIDIA X driver will be used, or run nvidia-xconfig
See the README for more detailed instructions.
sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04
- Go to System - Administration - Hardware Drivers and check the box to enable the restricted drivers for your NVIDIA card if the option is provided.
- If the restricted driver remains unactivated after attempting to activate it in the Hardware Drivers dialog, you may not have the appropriate linux headers installed to compile the driver. Ensure that the linux-headers-XXX and linux-restricted-modules-XXX packages are installed, where XXX matches the version of the kernel you are using (linux-image-XXX).
If the activation hangs on download/install dialog, you can install the driver using System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager, make sure you pick the latest driver version recommended by the "Hardware Drivers" tool and all its dependencies. Go to Hardware Drivers tool and activate the driver you just installed.
Once downloaded and installed reboot your computer.
- The Hardware Drivers tool may not work properly on machines that have previously used third party tools like 'Envy' or manual installation to install previous drivers. You should remove those drivers before attempting to install using the built in tool.
NVIDIA driver activated but not currently in use in ubuntu 10.04
From a command-line enter this
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current (or nvidia-173 or nvidia-96)
- select the alternative that matches the driver that you have installed
(e.g. /usr/lib/nvidia-current/ld.so.conf for nvidia-current):
sudo update-alternatives --config gl_conf
- update the ld cache:
- then configure your xorg.conf with:
- And restart your computer.sudo reboot
Nvidia-settings can't write to Xorg.conf if it hasn't been started with sudo
- Work round one :
- Right click on your Desktop
- choose make new launcher
- The name is : nvidia-settings
- The command is : gksudo nvidia-settings
- Work round two :
- use the Monitors preferences
If you have an old legacy NVIDIA card (eg driver 96.43.17) .
hibernation & Suspend will not work .
To fix it see NvidiaLaptopBinaryDriverSuspend .
Often screen resolutions on offer are far lower than those offered with the open source driver. The NVIDIA binary driver seems to be very weak at reliably probing this information from the monitor and relies on additional information in xorg.conf.
From a command-line enter this
- run "xrandr --addmode S-video ...." (with-out the "" where the dots add the resolution you want .)
Using a laptop with a GeForce Go card, or connecting the sole display via DVI on a dual-head system sometimes results in the screen not receiving a picture. This is caused by the driver outputting video to the VGA port on the graphics card, instead of DVI.
Switch to the console (Try using ctrl+alt+F1, or reboot and select recovery mode from the GRUB menu.)
Use your text editor to open /etc/X11/xorg.conf. (try sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf)
Find the line that says Section "Screen"
Insert a new line that says Option "UseDisplayDevice" "DFP".
Save the file. If you had to restart into recovery mode, type reboot, otherwise restart your display using sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart.
If you are using nvidia-glx/nvidia-glx-new and the refresh rate appears wrong (or different to that actually reported by your monitor) in gnome-display-properties/xrandr, you are probably seeing the effects of the DynamicTwinView feature. See this launchpad bug about being unable to "set" a proper screen refresh rate for details of this behaviour.
Problems with Video Playback