Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Install Nvidia Driver 304.64 In Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 13

In this tutorial, we will see how to install Nvidia driver 304.64 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint from PPA and manually via .run files. This latest driver has added support for the following GPUs:

  •     VGX K1
  •     VGX K2
Here are what have been fixed in this driver:

Fixed a regression in backlight control functionality on some notebook configurations. 
Fixed a performance issue with recent Linux kernels when allocating and freeing system memory. 
Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the display device / X screen selection menu from being displayed in nvidia-settings. 
Fixed a bug that prevented X driver gamma manipulation from working after a VT-switch on some configurations.
Added the option "--output-file" to to allow specifying a custom filename for the log file.
Fixed a hang when using OpenGL programs with some SLI Mosaic configurations on pre-Fermi GPUs. 
Added sections to the "Supported NVIDIA GPU Products" list for NVS, Tesla, and VGX products.

PPA Installation (Not Updated So Far)

To install Nvidia driver 304.64 in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.04 or Linux Mint 13, run these commands from the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Manual Installation

To install the driver manually, follow these instructions:

- Open the terminal and run these commands:

cd && wget 
chmod +x nvidia-304-64

- Press now CTRL+ALT+F2 to enable CLI mode and enter your login credentials. Next, run these commands to download and install the driver:

sudo service lightdm stop 
cd && sudo sh nvidia-304.64 
sudo reboot

You can also see this article if you want to install the driver via Recovery Mode.