Sunday, 14 February 2016

How To : Install NVIDIA 361.28 Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

    The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 361.28 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 361.28 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.


  • Added support for the following GPU:
      GeForce 945A
  • Added a legacy, non-GLVND GLX client library to the NVIDIA Linux driver installer package, and the ability to select between a GLVND or non-GLVND GLX client library at installation time. This allows users to install the legacy non-GLVND GLX client library in order to work around compatibility issues which may arise due to GLX applications which depend upon behaviors of the NVIDIA GLX client driver which are not defined by the Linux OpenGL ABI version 1.0.

    By default, nvidia-installer will install the legacy, non-GLVND GLX client libraries. The --glvnd-glx-client command line option can be used to override the default, and install the GLVND GLX client libraries instead. Please contact the vendors of any applications that are not compatible with GLVND to ensure that their applications be updated for compatibility with GLVND.

    The presence of multiple GLX client libraries in the package has implications for repackagers of the NVIDIA driver; see the entry in the "Installed Components" chapter of the README for details.
  • The OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Driver (GLVND) infrastructure is now included and supported by the NVIDIA GLX and OpenGL drivers.  This should not cause any visible changes in behavior for end users, but some internal driver component libraries have been renamed and/or moved as a result. These changes may affect scripts that rely on the presence of NVIDIA OpenGL driver components other than those specified in the Linux OpenGL ABI version 1.0, maintainers of alternative NVIDIA driver installation packages, and applications which rely on the presence of any non- OpenGL/GLX symbols in the library and its dependencies in any way.


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-*
Run the executable installer file.

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

To uninstall,

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-* --uninstall


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