How do I install the new beta driver for Nvidia?

With Ubuntu before 12.04 I could do this:

1) Downloaded it from the site www.nvidia.com

2) Logout,

3) Move to tty1 (Ctrl + Alt + F1),

4) Stop lightdm or gdm (sudo service lightdm stop)

5) Remove any nvidia driver (sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current nvidia-settings)

6) Cd into downloaded folder (cd ~/Downloads/)

7) Run the installer (sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-***.run)

But this doesn't work anymore, i.e., after reboot I am presented with a very low graphic resolution (something about 320 x 400).


Why no just open the ADDITIONAL DRIVERS in the PREFERENCES panel and select the POST_RELEASE version of the driver?

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  • Thank you for posting. This doesn't solve because then I stick with the 290.40 driver which has a few issues that seems to be solved with 302. Also I don't want to downgrade to 290.33 because of the vulnerability. – desgua May 4 '12 at 10:14

I experienced this also. Check out the "dmesg" output. My installation was complaining about a Nvidia version mismatch between the kernel module and the driver. I think reinstalling the kernel fixed it, but I did a ton of stuff.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-`uname -r`
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  • Thank you for answering. I will try that and let you know the results. – desgua May 17 '12 at 11:04
  • Do you mean sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-`uname -r` ? – desgua May 19 '12 at 23:46
  • Yes, sorry about that. Fixed above. – aerickson May 24 '12 at 20:25
  • Unfortunately it did not worked. Have to re-install nvidia drivers with jockey. – desgua May 25 '12 at 0:52

I could install the new Nvidia beta 302 by adding the xorg-edgers ppa:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

Then update the system (the driver will be pushed automatically):

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

To revert (downgrade) use ppa-purge:

sudo ppa-purge xorg-edgers

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  • Unfortunately it did not fix the bug #752445 – desgua May 27 '12 at 9:57

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