Tuesday, 6 May 2014

How To : Install NVIDIA 337.19 Beta Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems


    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 337.19 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 337.19 Beta in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug causing mode validation to fail for 4K resolutions over HDMI in certain situations.
  • Added nvidia-settings command line controls for over- and under-clocking attributes. Please see the nvidia-settings(1) manual page for more details.
  • Fixed several cosmetic issues in the clock control user interface of nvidia-settings.
  • Added support for the GLX_EXT_stereo_tree extension. For more details, see the extension specification:
      http://www.opengl.org/registry/specs/EXT/glx_stereo_tree.txt
  • Enabled support for using Unified Back Buffer (UBB) and 3D Stereo with the composite extension on Quadro cards. Using stereo with a composite manager requires a stereo-aware composite manager. Otherwise, only the left eye of stereo applications will be displayed. See the GLX_EXT_stereo_tree extension specification for more details.

Installation

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

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
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-*-337.19.run
Run the executable installer file.

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-337.19.run
This will start the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

After installation process is finished, start the graphic session.

# For Ubuntu LightDM [DEFAULT]
sudo service lightdm start

#For Gnome GDM
sudo service gdm start

#For Linux Mint MDM
sudo service mdm start

Note : Do not delete the installer file. It will be needed while removing/uninstalling the Nvidia 337.19 driver if it fails to work properly.

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-337.19.run --uninstall


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