Install Nvidia Graphics drivers 190,42 on Linux

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NvidialogoThere is a new Nvidia driver available, The NVIDIA 190.42 driver is the first official release in the 190.xx Linux driver series, which has been in beta for a number of months and undergone numerous releases.
Compared to the NVIDIA 185.xx driver series, the NVIDIA 190.42 driver brings new hardware support, support for OpenGL 3.2, many VDPAU video playback improvements, initial support for X Server 1.7 / X.Org 7.5, support for configuring the NVIDIA GPU’s fan-speed, and support for configuring the GPU PowerMizer mode. There are also various bug-fixes and other smaller improvements. Among the newly supported hardware is the GeForce GT 220, GeForce G102M, GeForce G210, GeForce G210M, GeForce GT 230M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GTS 250M, and GeForce GTS 260M.(1)




Please see here for more information about the supported hardware, and the new features in the current release.

For ubuntu you can install the driver by adding the repositories or by downloading the driver from Nvidia website and install it, for other linux distribution please see methode 2 how to install the driver.

Important : If you have an Nvidia graphics cards and you tried to run live cd in ubuntu9.10 Karmic Koala and you got a black screen just after the X splash, then please read this tutorial to resolve the issue. ( I got this issue with my Nvidia 8400 GS in Karmic Koala)

I -Install Nvidia drivers 190.42 on ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 karmic Koala

1- Add repositories to ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 karmic koala

- For ubuntu 9.10 karmic koala :

You have to add the repository using this command :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvidia-vdpau/ppa

- For ubuntu 9.04 jaunty jackalope :

First open the source list and add the lines bellow :

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

then add these lines at the end of the list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/nvidia-vdpau/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/nvidia-vdpau/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Now add the verification key :

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys CEC06767

2- Now update or refresh the installation

sudo apt-get update

3- Install the driver :

sudo apt-get install nvidia-190-modaliases nvidia-glx-190  nvidia-settings-190

II – For other linux distributions (Fedora, CentOS, …):

Download the driver from this link and install it using this commad :

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-177.82-pkg1.run


Links :

  • (1)http://www.ubuntugeek.com
  • http://www.nvidia.com

For questions please refer to our Q/A forum at : http://ask.unixmen.com/

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