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Sunday, 12 April 2015

How To : Install NVIDIA 346.59 Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 346.59 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 346.59 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.


Fixes

  • Added support for the following GPUs:
    • Quadro K1200
    • Quadro M6000
    • GeForce 920M
    • GeForce 930A
    • GeForce 930M
    • GeForce 940M
    • GeForce GTX 950M
    • GeForce GTX 960M
    • GeForce GTX TITAN X
  • Fixed a bug that caused corruption when switching display modes in some applications that use transform feedback.
  • Fixed a bug that caused texture corruption on framebuffer depth attachments cleared using glClearTexImage().
  • Fixed a bug that artificially limited the maximum pixel clock on displays in some SLI Mosaic configurations.
  • Fixed a kernel memory leak that occurred when looping hardware-accelerated video decoding with VDPAU on Maxell-based GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause nvidia-settings to crash on exit on 32-bit Linux systems.
More details in the Release Notes.

Installation

Remove currently installed graphics drivers.

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
Download the appropriate driver from the source. Here are the download links:
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
Make the installer file executable.

chmod +x ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-346.59.run
Run the executable installer file.

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-346.59.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 346.59 driver if it fails to work properly.

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-346.59.run --uninstall

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