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Thursday, 22 May 2014

How To : Install NVIDIA 331.79 (Stable) Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems


    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 331.79 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 331.79 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused nvidia-installer to crash in environments where /proc is not mounted.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented module signing from working correctly for the NVIDIA Unified Memory kernel module when using module signing keys generated by nvidia-installer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused blank screens and flickering when rotating displays in a Base Mosaic layout.
  • Fixed a bug that caused BadRRCrtc or BadRROutput errors for big-endian X11 clients making certain XRandR requests.
  • Fixed a bug that corrupted certain software rendering, notably the stippled text used to represent disabled entries in xterm's pop-up menus.

Installation

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 +x ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.79.run
Run the executable installer file.

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.79.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 331.79 driver if it fails to work properly.

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.79.run --uninstall

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