I have a GeForce FX/5-series card and I cannot install the driver using the Additional Drivers (jokey) tool.

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 and installed all nvidia drivers, but my drivers are not activated, when I open Nvidia settings manager I get the following message:

You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run nvidia-xconfig as root), and restart the X server.

Can you help me with this?

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    bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg/+bug/990539 I made a bug report, anyone else with this problem should do the same so the developers will fix it more quickly – Alen Apr 28 '12 at 14:45
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    They should not "do the same" as it will lead to duplicates, but they should mark it as affecting them. – nanofarad Jul 16 '12 at 18:51

The driver present in the Additional Drivers tool does not support your GeForce FX/5-series card.

According to the bug report you opened you need to remove the drivers currently installed in your system and install the nvidia-173 package which should support GeForce FX/5-series cards out of the box.

For that first remove all Nvidia drivers from your system with the following commands

sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current nvidia-current-updates nvidia-settings nvidia-settings-updates

This will remove all installed Nvidia drivers from your system. When that is done you need to install the nvidia-173, do it by opening a terminal and typing

sudo apt-get install nvidia-173

After the driver is installed in your system create a new xorg.conf file with the command sudo nvidia-xconfig and reboot. Your system should be working and using the latest driver available for your card.

  • is this tested by those who have similar card as I have? – Alen Jul 11 '12 at 19:10
  • All old hardware that needs that driver will need to follow the instructions on the bug report you opened, they should be using this version of the driver, not the one suggested by jokey. – Bruno Pereira Jul 11 '12 at 20:53
  • Trying to install nvidia-173 creates the issue that it requires xorg-video-abi-10 but it is not installable. Apparently xorg-video-abi-10 is either not yet created or has been retired. --update: it seems that xorg-video-abi-11 is already installed, which would explain a lot. – Ritwik Bose Jul 16 '12 at 2:13
  • @Mechko you can also install the 173 legacy driver directly from the nvidia website. – Bruno Pereira Jul 16 '12 at 8:54

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