Sunday, 6 July 2014

How To : Install NVIDIA 331.89 (Stable) Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 331.89 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 331.89 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.


Fixes

  • Added support for the following GPU:
    • GeForce GT 730
  • Fixed a race condition in the NVIDIA kernel module that caused some GPUs to sporadically become unresponsive.
  • Updated the error reporting in the NVIDIA kernel module to include the GPU serial number, when available, in error messages written to the system log.
  • Fixed a bug that caused blank screens when transforming or rotating displays in an SLI Mosaic layout.
  • Fixed a bug that corrupted certain software rendering on 32-bit systems.
More details in the Release Notes.

Installation

Remove currently installed graphics drivers.

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
Install the fresh updates-dev package.

sudo apt-get install nvidia-331-updates-dev
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-*-331.89.run
Run the executable installer file.

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.89.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 331.89 driver if it fails to work properly.

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.89.run --uninstall

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this. When I tried to download the 64bit version linked above, it downloaded a 32bit version. I modified the url and ended up with: x86_64 in place of the two x86 's in the url.

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