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Since I can't seem to open the Additional Drivers program? And how do I know what driver I need to install?

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For 12.04 and below

The additional drivers program has a command line interface, jockey-text:

Use

jockey-text --list

to get a list of available drivers and their status, then use

# the init lines are required only for graphics drivers
sudo init 1
jockey-text --enable=DRIVER
sudo init 2

where DRIVER is the one you got from the list. For example:

jockey-text --enable=firmware:b43

To install the Broadcom B43 wireless driver.

For your graphics card, you will get a choice of the proprietary driver from the manufacturer and a free alternative. You have to either restart the display server (log out and back in) or restart the system entirely (recommended).

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For 14.04

sudo ubuntu-drivers list

Will show all the driver packages which apply to your current system. You can then

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall 

to install all the packages you need, or you can do:

sudo ubuntu-drivers devices

to show you which devices need drivers, and their corresponding package names.

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But how do you install a specific driver? Assume that sudo ubuntu-drivers list outputs fglrx and fglrx-updates. How do you install fglrx-updates? –  landroni May 23 at 23:01
    
@landroni You use sudo ubuntu-drivers devices to get the list of packages, and then sudo apt-get install to install that specific package you want. –  jmiserez Sep 4 at 14:49

After install nvidia driver you can regenerate xorg config for your nvidia adapter:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

Also, you can download the driver from www.nvidia.com and install it manually:

sudo sh ./downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-xxx.xx.xx.run
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you need to run sudo apt-get install nvidia-current and as the previous answer said, sudo nvidia-xconfig afterwards. Then do sudo reboot and you should have a working system.

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For 12.04 and below

The internal name of the "additional drivers" program is jockey-gtk. There's a console version with the same functionality called jockey-text in the eponymous package. It should be installed by default.

You should be able to use

jockey-text -l

to list the available drivers and something like

jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia-185

to install one of the options listed. You should select the most appropriate driver listed.

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