Is there any way to install NVIDIA GEFORCE 750M drivers for Ubuntu?

Right now Intel Haswell Mobile is used for graphics. Is this ok? Can I get better performance by installing NVIDIA drivers?

I remember that last time when I installed something related to that, my Unity was broken. After uninstalling them Unity worked again.


I fixed the problem by installing the tested NVIDIA drivers for Ubuntu:

I can see the following details:

So, GeForce GT 750M /PCIe/SSE2 driver is installed.

BTW, I switched again on the open source driver. NVIDIA drivers had important issues (overheating and sometimes the entire screen was freezing).

After applying changes and rebooting Ubuntu started in low graphics mode. I pressed ALT + CTRL + F1. I deleted the following file:

 sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Then I restarted the PC:

 sudo reboot

My machine uses again the open source driver and it works fine. If you don't have big issues with the open source driver, I really recommend not to switch on the closed source one.


Installing the drivers from NVIDIA website worked for me. just download the latest stable version for your card here.

Now, the only problem is the graphic server have to be down to install them. Save the file .run in your desktop and switch to a tty with Ctrl + Alt + F6

Log in and type the following commands:

sudo service lightdm stop
chmod +x NVIDIA*.run 
sudo ./NVIDIA*.run

Follow the on-screen instructions. If it tells you something like "pre install script for your distribution failed" that's normal, just chose yes. When it's done, reboot with:

sudo shutdown -r now

Note that I've used the * but you could use the full name of the file, which depends on what version you download. I'd recommend you to use the latest stable, right now 334.21.

  • Do I get updates installing them this way? Isn't there any available PPA? – Ionică Bizău Mar 17 '14 at 16:24
  • No, it doesn't get updates. I've tried many PPA's but this is the best solution I've found. It's not a big deal for me anyway, checking NVIDIA's website every now and then. – animaletdesequia Mar 17 '14 at 16:25
  • I will install them later today and then I will give you feedback. Thanks! – Ionică Bizău Mar 17 '14 at 16:28
  • Just one thing. If you have problems making them work, to remove them you'll need to run /usr/bin/nvidia-uninstall as sudo. Don't try to install other drivers trough the package manager before removing these ones, because they'll conflict. Good luck! – animaletdesequia Mar 17 '14 at 17:13
  • I have installed the drivers following the steps you indicated. After restarting Unity crashes (even after a fresh Ubuntu reinstall). And yes, I downloaded the correct driver: NVIDIA GEFORCE 700 Series, GT 750M Linux 64 bit. After uninstalling the drivers, the problem persists. Now, I reinstalled Ubuntu 13.10 again. What can I do? – Ionică Bizău Mar 17 '14 at 20:36

Did you give a try to 352.41 driver?

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-352

I've the same processor, graphic card and memory (maybe same laptop? :D ). Neither bumblebee nor nvidia-331 made the trick for me, so I'm about to try 352.41 as suggested on Nvida web site.

I'll tell you later if it gives some help or not.

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