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Updated : How to Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu 12.10

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Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu : Image Source : Stanford EdTech

The latest Ubuntu 12.10 have several issues with both AMD/ATI and Nvidia proprietary drivers. Most of the Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu cases had a small dependency issue and it can be fixed.

Sometimes, after installing Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu, you might not see Unity or you’ll get worse graphics than before (for example : a very low resolution and everything is stretched). If you install linux-sources and the headers before installing the drivers, the issue can be fixed. So, here’s how to do it :

If you are on a fresh installation of Ubuntu (Didn’t tried to install Nvidia drivers) :

  • Open the terminal and issue the following commands to install the Nvidia drivers :
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sudo apt-get install linux-source
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates

 If you already have installed Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu first remove them :

  • Open the terminal (If you don’t have Unity, use Ctrl+T to open a terminal) and enter the following commands :
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sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current nvidia-current-updates nvidia-experimental-304 nvidia-experimental-310
  •  Now issue the following commands to install the drivers with the dependencies :
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sudo apt-get install linux-source
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates

Now reboot and check whether its working. If it’s not working, please let us know by leaving a comment!

Update 1 : If the problem is still there even after following the above steps, try this :

  • Open the terminal (crtl+alt+t (If Unity is missing, use this shortcut to open the terminal)) and enter the following commands to remove the existing drivers :
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sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current-updates
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-experimental-304
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-experimental-310
  •  Next issue the following commands to add the x-swat/x-updates ppa and update the package list :
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
  •  Finally, do an upgrade and install the Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu :
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sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Now reboot and see. If you get the issue again please leave a comment and we’ll find another way to fix the issue!

Update 2 : If you installed the Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu before coming to the guide, sometimes you might need to re-install Ubuntu to try this.

Update 3 : If you are using a notebook with an Nvidia Optimus card, please check this guide : http://techhamlet.com/2012/12/install-linux-nvidia-optimus-drivers/

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