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I'm trying to get Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit working on an old Dell Dimension 4300. I installed from a DVD and it installed fine except it was incredibly slow.

  • I installed Compiz to remove window effects but it was still horribly slow.
  • I installed mesa-utils to test if 3D acceleration was working, which it wasn't.
  • I tried going to System -> Software+updates -> additional drivers, but that says no drivers are available.
  • I tried going to NVIDIA's site for drivers and tried installing them from the terminal but I got an error complaining about rmmod's path.
  • I tried sudo apt-get install nvidia-311 and got a similar error.

Its now booting into a black screen with no user feedback. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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This is how I got it done on a Lenovo Y500.

Download either the 32 bit or 64 bit driver depending on your architecture.

First make sure that remove any previous driver install, using sudo apt-get purge nvidia*.

Once you're logged in, Press Ctrl+Alt+F1, to switch to the first virtual terminal and login. Once logged in, navigate to where the file was downloaded, and do the command(s) below:

sudo service lightdm stop 
chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.49.run
sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.49.run

Once done, press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to go back to GUI, and reboot.

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That sounds reasonable, but I'm currently booting into a black screen that I don't know how to avoid. I've read that 12.04 will auto install proprietary video drivers, so I'm thinking I may try that next –  user1033341 Apr 27 at 17:16
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Use Nvidia Drivers from PPA (easy install):

Type sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates and type sudo apt-get install nvidia-331-updates nvidia-settings-updates

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