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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

How To : Install NVIDIA 331.38 Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems


    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 331.38 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 331.38 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused the X server to crash if video memory is exhausted and the GPU does not support rendering to system memory.
  • Updated nvidia-installer to make the --multiple-kernel-modules option imply the --no-unified-memory option: Unified memory is incompatible with multiple kernel modules.
  • Improved the robustness of the NVIDIA X driver in scenarios where GPU-accessible memory for allocating pixmaps was exhausted.
  • Added NV-CONTROL attributes to control the brightness of the illuminated logos on certain graphics boards.For example, to turn off the illumination of the "GEFORCE GTX" lettering on the GeForce GTX 780, use
    nvidia-settings --assign GPULogoBrightness=0
  • Fixed a bug that prevented screen transformations from being applied properly when starting X.
  • GLX protocol for the following OpenGL extensions from OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL 3.0 have been promoted from unofficial to ARB approved official status:
    • GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object
      GL_NV_conditional_render
      GL_ARB_map_buffer_range
      GL_EXT_texture_integer
      GL_ARB_vertex_array_object

    GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object was the last piece of protocol needed to have official support for indirect rendering with all OpenGL 2.1 commands.
  • GLX Protocol for the miscellaneous OpenGL 3.0 commands not associated with specific extensions has also been promoted from unofficial to ARB approved status.
  • Deprecated display mask related configuration of display devices via NV-CONTROL and nvidia-settings.Display target specifications should be used instead - A display target is one of the display's valid names, with an optional GPU or X screen qualifier.
  • Deprecated the following NV-CONTROL attributes:
    • NV_CTRL_CONNECTED_DISPLAYS
      NV_CTRL_ENABLED_DISPLAYS
      NV_CTRL_ASSOCIATED_DISPLAYS
      NV_CTRL_NOTEBOOK_INTERNAL_LCD
      NV_CTRL_FRAMELOCK_MASTER
      NV_CTRL_FRAMELOCK_SLAVES
      NV_CTRL_FRAMELOCK_MASTERABLE
      NV_CTRL_FRAMELOCK_SLAVEABLE
    Also, although NV_CTRL_PROBE_DISPLAYS is still operational, the return value has been deprecated and should not be used.
  • Added deprecation warning messages in nvidia-settings when deprecated attributes are used.This also includes display mask usage.
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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-*-331.38.run

Run the executable installer file.

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.38.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 331.38 driver if it fails to work properly.

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.38.run --uninstall

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