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How to install NVIDIA.run?

So I went to NVIDIA's site and I saw they had a version with a lot of bug fixes. http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/49073

and I downloaded it, I ran the .run file rooted. It keeps saying "It appears you are running a x server" I don't have any current NVIDIA driver installed, I tried the nvidia x-config thing but that didn't work. It just says it can't be found. Should I wait until that version gets on Ubuntu's software center? I don't feel like installing their old and bad version of the drivers.

  • 64 Bit version btw... – user93444 Sep 30 '12 at 3:45
  • Oops... 304.51 actual video card driver version... – user93444 Sep 30 '12 at 3:46

manual instructions are posted here:


But, as indicated on the wiki page, in general it is best to install the restricted driver from the repository


Is there some reason or feature that you feel you need in the latest driver ? Are you having a problem with the open source driver (nouveau) or the binary in the repositories ?

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