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I'm currently running 13.04 on my production machine (which I rely heavily on for work). I currently don't have any external storage to do SSD clone to, but I'm really temped to install nvidia drivers.

The nouveau ones are just too bad, the Unity feels sluggish, there is tearing of screen in even basic terminal apps like vim, browsers are slow and choppy, YouTube takes 10 seconds to switch to fullscreen.

I'be been running 13.04 beta1 for a while, and I had installed nvidia drivers from blob, and manually linked opengl 32bit libraries. It worked for a while, but crashed the system miserably few updates later.

Also, I am running customly compiled kernel (basically 3.8.0-19-generic that ships with 13.04 anyway, just having 1 commit removed which breaks sound). I have kernel-headers with it too.

I am tempted to use Additional Drivers utility to install Drivers, but I know it has never ever worked for me in the past.

I don't know if binary blob from nvidia.com is safe either.

What would be the safest way to install drivers at this point? I will try and get some hdd to make a backup tomorrow.

P.S.: Never had problems with kmod-nvidia in Fedora. I'm new to Ubuntu tho. Card is 560Ti.

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Did you get a change to go through this help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/Nvidia? –  thefourtheye May 2 '13 at 14:23
    
seems quite old. would installing from ppa and running nvidia-config and xorg config manually work? –  Jan Netherdrake May 2 '13 at 14:33
    
I have done manually only and it works properly for me. Do you want the steps to install and configure? –  thefourtheye May 2 '13 at 14:36
    
Yes please. I will probably install dummy 13.04 with same kernel and see if it works fine there first. Than Ill try on production. –  Jan Netherdrake May 2 '13 at 14:40
    
Please accept the answer that answered it for you, or add the details of what you did in an answer. –  Mateo_ May 2 '13 at 19:36

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Here are the steps to install nvidia driver in Ubuntu

http://dfourtheye.blogspot.in/2013/05/ubuntu-nvidia-driver-installation.html

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Also this looks like your personal blog, please make a statment to that effect, ex "On my blog, you can find..." so we do not mistake this answer as self-promotion or spam, meta.askubuntu.com/questions/3036/… –  Mateo_ May 2 '13 at 19:48
    
Thanks, this has helped me. Although the Nvidia driver does not show up under "Additional Drivers" under Xubuntu 13.04, it seems to work. –  Treepata Oct 8 '13 at 12:23

There are some known issues with the stock 3.8.0-19-generic kernel in raring and nvidia, you may want to use a mainline kernel then install the nvidia-313-updates and nvidia-settings-313-updates packages
Currently using xubuntu 13.04 with the 3.9 kernel and nvidia 313 driver, i have a GTX 550 TI

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