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DrModem
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Halp. (Drivers)

So I'm a Linux noob, installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop to play around with it.

I need to install some drivers (namely, the ones for my nvidia gt 130) but for the life of me I can't figure out how to do it. I thought I had it, however I ended up with all the windows missing important pieces (like the title bar...)

Can someone here point me in the right direction?



El Quintron
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Did you use Jockey to get the drivers?



Selenia
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Did you install from the NVidia site or the repositories? Give us that info and the output of glxinfo in a terminal, please.



misiek

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I use sgfxi script to install Nvidia drivers:

cd /usr/local/bin && wget -O sgfxi smxi.org/sgfxi && chmod +x sgfxi && sgfxi

»smxi.org/site/install.htm#sgfxi



DrModem
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said by El Quintron:

Did you use Jockey to get the drivers?

No.


DrModem
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said by Selenia:

Did you install from the NVidia site or the repositories? Give us that info and the output of glxinfo in a terminal, please.

I downloaded the file for Linux 64 bit from the nvidia website. I can't figure out how to get it to run though, lol. It's just sitting on the desktop at the moment.

I tried to download it through the software marketplace through the "current" entry. I think that's what broke it though. I'll get some terminal output when I get on the laptop next.


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Hi DrModem and welcome to Linux.

I do suggest getting familiar with the Ubuntu forums because... well... Ubuntu is Ubuntu. And the interfaces are known there.

For example, under the hood Ubuntu has used jockey for years, and I think they still do, for video drivers. But the new user would never know or see it. The interface for jockey is usually a menu like: "Hardware Drivers". But my knowledge of 12.10 is limited.

HTH



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I've never had a whole lot of problems doing this but the easiest/fastest way to do this is usually when "Restricted Hardware" drivers prompts you to install it, or by doing via the command line.

You can learn how to do that here:

»www.noobslab.com/2011/09/nvidia-···ric.html

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You probably want to follow the instructions at »www.dedoimedo.com/computers/ubun···dia.html
I'm quite amazed that jockey has been removed. I'm curious what the thinking is with this move. Installing proprietary drivers used to be a lesson in triviality.
A quick synopsis of that post.

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-source linux-headers nvidia-current
sudo /sbin/lsmod | grep nvidia
 
If that last statement doesn't spit out any results then run
modprobe nvidia_current
 
Finally
sudo restart lightdm
 

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DrModem
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Thanks maxo, I got it with that guide.

The noobs lab one seems to completely destroy everything lol



Snakeoil
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How can I tell if I am using lightdm vs gdm? One of those prevents the GUI for launching. Instead I get the console. Reason why I ask is because steam is complaining that I don't have updated gl drivers.
Currently have nvidia 304.48 experimental running.

Not to hijack a thread.
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said by Snakeoil:

How can I tell if I am using lightdm vs gdm? One of those prevents the GUI for launching. Instead I get the console.

If gdm is not in /etc/init.d/ then you are not using gdm. If both show up then I'm not sure how to tell. You could always run `sudo stop gdm && sudo start lightdm` which should guaruntee you are in lightdm and not gdm.


Pjr
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sudo service gdm status
gdm: unrecognized service
sudo service lightdm status
[ ok ] lightdm is running.
 
or if Ubuntu doesn't have /usr/sbin/service then use
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm status
-su: /etc/init.d/gdm: No such file or directory
sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm status
[ ok ] lightdm is running.
 
It's probably the best method but there are others such as grepping "ps aux". I assume Ubuntu hasn't deviated so far from Debian that the above won't work.

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Thank you. I used the first block that you posted. I'm running gdm. So lightdm is the one that shuts off my gui.



Snakeoil
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Thanks. Turns out I'm running gdm.
I recall when I first upgraded to 12.04 LTS, I had the same situation.

Steam doesn't like the 304.48 nvidia driver. I need to figure out how to update it, and the gl packages. I would have thought it would have been done through the software/update manager.
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In 12.04 I was able to get the latest nvidia drivers through Jockey by installing the "NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (**experimental**beta) (version experimental-310)" drivers.

Update: Added exact wording from Jocky.


Uraki
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Under 12.10, you can install "nvidia-experimental-310" & "nvidia-settings-experimental-310" to get a later version.

Not sure if that works under 12.04