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Would it work if I were to do the removal of the Nvidia drivers using Synaptic's Removal Complete, then, without rebooting (to avoid Ubuntu choosing drivers on its own during the booting process/loading) do the installation of the new drivers via the Terminal commands to install the latest as shown in Softpedia?

Sorry I ask instead of trying myself. But I'm at work as I type this :( + being a family man my time is so precious if you know what I mean.

Thanks in advance guys/gals,


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*to remove nvidia drivers *

Open a terminal. ctrl+alt+T and type in:

sudo apt-get --purge nvidia-current -y

you find the correct drivers for your nvidia card , well from

download it, and

  1. Open a terminal. ctrl+alt+T
  2. Navigate to the directory of the .run file. For this example, I have mine on the desktop so I would type in "cd ~/Desktop" and press enter.
  3. Type "chmod +x" (press enter).
  4. Now type "./", press enter, and the installer will run.
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BD Bear, thank you so much for such a clear and complete answer! :) One last question on this before I follow your instructions, to be on the safe side: Should anything go wrong, by restoring from the backup I did today with Backup in Ubuntu would I be back to where I was before I installed this? – user196702 Feb 11 '14 at 0:10
You can test div stuff, inside virtual environments like oracle Viritualbox (free) or vmware workstation (payed). Personally i prefer VMware workstation since you can visualize your physical machine, so its an cloned version on the computer your running. (program are free to test for 30 days.) – BD Bear Feb 11 '14 at 0:13
Thanks for replying BD Bear. I hope my restoring from the Backup will include my video card drivers settings too though. I ignore how many steps are necessary to setup a VM, but I know doing a restoration is pretty easy ;) – user196702 Feb 11 '14 at 1:25

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