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Can I do this easily without borking my system?

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Well, the nvidia driver is just a single package consisting of Xorg drivers and a kernel module which is built during the post installation process.

To remove the default nvidia package, run:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current

Updated nvidia drivers are available under nvidia-current-updates. If you have it installed, uninstall that one as well. Now, you might need to unload the driver. If sudo rmmod nivida does not work ("FATAL: Module nvidia is use"), reboot.

Continue by installing the package again:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

At this point, you might need to do another reboot (or re-login) to load the new drivers.

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