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Sunday, 10 November 2013

How To : Install NVIDIA 331.20 Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

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    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 331.20 is released a couple of days ago and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 331.20 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes:


  • Added support for NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture (NvFBCOpenGL). This library provides a high performance, low latency interface to capture and optionally encode the composited framebuffer of an X screen. NvFBC and NvIFR are private APIs that are only available to approved partners for use in remote graphics scenarios.  Please contact NVIDIA at GRIDteam@nvidia.com for more information.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented configuration files containing application profiles from being loaded when directories were present in the application profile configuration search path.
  • Deferred initialization of libselinux in the NVIDIA OpenGL driver, in order to avoid a problem where libselinux might not be ready when the NVIDIA libGL shared library is first loaded.
  • Fixed a bug that could lead to memory exhaustion in OpenGL applications running on 32-bit systems.
  • Added nvidia-uvm.ko, the NVIDIA Unified Memory kernel module, to the NVIDIA Linux driver package. This kernel module provides support for the new Unified Memory feature in an upcoming CUDA release.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the X server to fail to initialize when DisplayPort 1.2 monitors were assigned to separate X screens on the same GPU.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a deadlock when forking from OpenGL programs which use some malloc implementations, such as TCMalloc.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Warp & Blend settings from being retained across display configuration changes.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some settings changes made via the nvidia-settings command line interface from being reflected in the nvidia-settings graphical user interface.
  • Fixed a bug in MetaMode tracking that could cause spurious error messages to be printed when attempting to add or delete Metamodes via NV-CONTROL.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the NVIDIA X driver to attempt to load the X11 "shadow" module unconditionally, even in situations where the driver had no need to use the module. This could result in the printing of spurious error messages, on X servers where the module was not present.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented display configuration changes made with xvidtune(1) from working correctly.
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused display corruption in GLX applications while changing the display configuration.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented glReadPixels from working correctly when reading from Pixel Buffer Objects over indirect rendering, when the image width is not a multiple of 4 and many more...

Installation

Uninstall the previously installed version of Nvidia graphics driver (if any).

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current

End the graphic session with the appropriate command from the list of commands given below:

# For Ubuntu LightDM [DEFAULT]
sudo service lightdm stop

#For Gnome GDM
sudo service gdm stop

#For Linux Mint MDM
sudo service mdm stop

Download the appropriate driver from the source. Here are the download links:
Make the installer file executable.

chmod 777 ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.20.run

Run the executable installer file.

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.20.run

This will start the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Note : Do not delete the installer file. It will be needed while removing/uninstalling the Nvidia 331.20 driver if it fails to work properly.

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.20.run --uninstall


1 comment:

  1. I tried to install 331.20 today, but Cinnamon crashes no my Mint 15 box. Had to downgrade to the 310.44 on the repositories. Now it works.

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