I have NVIDIA Geforece 7025 / nForce 630a integrated gfx card on my UBUNTU 12.04.And I have 4 options in Additional drivers:

  • NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version 173)
  • NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (post-release updates)(version current updates)
  • NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current)[Recommended]
  • NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (post-release updates)(version 173 updates)

I am currently using the First option.

My Problem is there I can't update the version 173 to the latest version of drivers using xswat PPA. Whenever I do it and reboot but the NVIDIA xserver sttings always shows me the same version.

Which option would allow me to update my drivers to the current version?

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    If the system go back and don't let you choose the latest driver version is because this are incompatible with your system and prevents you from any harm. – Lucio Aug 1 '12 at 18:48
  • But sir I have saw on nvidia's website that my gfx card is supported by them ... Then why my system isn't allowing me to update the drivers to the latest version...??? – sud_the_devil Aug 1 '12 at 18:51
  • [recommended] is recommended – RobotHumans Aug 1 '12 at 20:16
  • @Lucio : So sir..did you also faced the same problem as I am facing right now..?? So should I choose the first option and only use the proprietary drivers only..?? – sud_the_devil Aug 2 '12 at 19:26
  • @aking1012: No no... recommended posed a lot of problems ..like freezing graphic malfunction etc... SO I switched to the first option ... – sud_the_devil Aug 2 '12 at 19:28

[recommended] is recommended

Generally, recommended is the best course of action.

If you have a specific bug, file a bug.

[recommended] is targeted to work for the largest number of users with recent hardware. It may or may not work for this problem.

I post it as an answer in hopes that someone with minor problems introduced by a post-release driver would at least try the recommended driver instead (e.g. there was an issue for ATI at one point where the post-release driver failed to install and broke everything, but the recommended driver worked mostly).

If it solves your problem, great. If it doesn't, I leave it here as a recommendation for other users to try who insist on edge drivers before trying out the recommended ones. I hope you understand the reasoning.


Let the built-in ubuntu-drivers program decide automatically which graphics driver to install. Open the terminal and type:

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall   
sudo reboot   

The autoinstall command of ubuntu-drivers installs drivers that are appropriate for automatic installation including their dependencies.

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