Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do I install the new beta driver for Nvidia?

With Ubuntu before 12.04 I could do this:

1) Downloaded it from the site

2) Logout,

3) Move to tty1 (Ctrl + Alt + F1),

4) Stop lightdm or gdm (sudo service lightdm stop)

5) Remove any nvidia driver (sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current nvidia-settings)

6) Cd into downloaded folder (cd ~/Downloads/)

7) Run the installer (sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-***.run)

But this doesn't work anymore, i.e., after reboot I am presented with a very low graphic resolution (something about 320 x 400).

share|improve this question

Why no just open the ADDITIONAL DRIVERS in the PREFERENCES panel and select the POST_RELEASE version of the driver?

share|improve this answer
Thank you for posting. This doesn't solve because then I stick with the 290.40 driver which has a few issues that seems to be solved with 302. Also I don't want to downgrade to 290.33 because of the vulnerability. – desgua May 4 '12 at 10:14

I experienced this also. Check out the "dmesg" output. My installation was complaining about a Nvidia version mismatch between the kernel module and the driver. I think reinstalling the kernel fixed it, but I did a ton of stuff.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-`uname -r`
share|improve this answer
Thank you for answering. I will try that and let you know the results. – desgua May 17 '12 at 11:04
Do you mean sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-`uname -r` ? – desgua May 19 '12 at 23:46
Yes, sorry about that. Fixed above. – aerickson May 24 '12 at 20:25
Unfortunately it did not worked. Have to re-install nvidia drivers with jockey. – desgua May 25 '12 at 0:52
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I could install the new Nvidia beta 302 by adding the xorg-edgers ppa:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

Then update the system (the driver will be pushed automatically):

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

To revert (downgrade) use ppa-purge:

sudo ppa-purge xorg-edgers

share|improve this answer
Unfortunately it did not fix the bug #752445 – desgua May 27 '12 at 9:57

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.