I'm attempting to install drivers for my GFORCE 610M and none of the solutions seems to work. Generally people recommend using the jockey-gtk program, which doesn't detect the card and states that there's no propitiatory drivers to install. I tried download the official binary from the NVIDIA site, but that told me that I had to remove the Nouveau kernal driver, so I did that, following the instructions on the wiki (apt-get remove --purge xorg-something or other) and ignoring the "DON'T DO THIS" warning, after that didn't do anything i installed various packages (nvidia-common, nvidia-settings, etc) and eventually got the nvidia-settings program (and a very low screen resolution). Unfortunately when I open nvidia-settings it tells me to run nvidia-xconfig as root (i've done this several times, but to no avail) and doesn't let me configure anything. At this point I tried re-running the binary installer i downloaded from nvidia's site, and it said it worked but it didn't change a thing. So I'm out of ideas, what've you got?

  • Why do you want to install an additional driver anyway? Doesn't work without? – jPlatte Jun 20 '12 at 12:39
  • My main reason was that Gnome Shell looked like Gnome Classic due to lack of video drivers (I suspected, and have now confirmed), but also that games were simply unplayable – Finn Jun 20 '12 at 17:50

Have you tried going to "Additional Drivers", and activating the post-release updates? It contains the NVIDIA driver 295.49, I believe -- the one for that card.

  • No, where is that located? Additional Drivers just has Close, Help and a greyed out Enable button, looks like this – Finn Jun 19 '12 at 1:56
  • jockey-gtk and 'Additional Drivers" are the same thing. – Dean Howell Jun 20 '12 at 18:01

Please go to the terminal and enter this command:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

This will install the proper driver for your hardware. When it is finished, please just restart and everything should work fine.

  • I tried that, it didn't work. I tried a ton of stuff and eventually messed my system up beyond repair (IMO), and reinstalled Ubuntu. – Finn Jun 20 '12 at 23:10

Solved, but I had to do a full reinstall. On a clean copy of Ubuntu 12.04 desktop, following instruction on a page I can't find anymore I first purged the existing nvidia-current:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current

Then added the bumblebee repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

Then updated and installed bumblebee: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia

After a reboot everything worked nicely

  • If you have an nVidia optimus graphics card, you should have said that in the question. – jPlatte Jun 22 '12 at 7:17

if this is a problem for ubuntu read under :

to install nvidia gt 610m driver for ubuntu 12.10 :

first remove nvidai driver :

sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current && sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-update

Then :

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

For Ubuntu 12.04 or earlier :

sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current && sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-update

Then :

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Good luck

  • You should try terminal commands as code rather than bold. It makes it much easier to read. – user2405 Nov 27 '12 at 12:19
  • Does this solution offer some way to switch on the GPU? From what I've heard that requires bumblebee at this point (see the solution I posted) – Finn Nov 27 '12 at 18:44

Bumblebee isn't the good driver for nVidia 610M

Best for list in the following link: LinuxSeason

I've installed it and my graphics card is an nVidia GT610M didn't work well.

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