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Im lost. I've tried many things and even broke my installation. This is a new installation, which I'm more carefull with.

I've blacklisted nouveau, and It seems it's not loaded as "modprobe -r nouveau" returns FATAL.

Can you show me the way? Ask for any file/output you need, I'll give everything.

Reason to install Nvidia official driver:

  • Unity 3D environment + Performance.
  • Additional drivers shows no other options.
  • I believe it's better.

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Graphic card is: GeForce FX 5200

Driver trying to install: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.39-pkg1.run

Thanks!

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EDIT: Install the deb package using apt-get. The version available from apt-get is up to date and is the same version as the downloaded version from nvidia

Execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-173 
sudo reboot

Edit #2

To verify the version available from apt-get, run the following command

apt-cache search nvidia-173

if apt-get does not have the newest version, here' a link to the deb download for the latest version available from the "proposed" repo:

wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/160095725/nvidia-173_173.14.39-0ubuntu0.0.1_i386.deb

After downloading, to install it run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo chmod +x nvidia-173_173.14.39-0ubuntu0.0.1_i386.deb
sudo gdebi nvidia-173_173.14.39-0ubuntu0.0.1_i386.deb    
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  • You must run the nvidia installation with NO xsession running. This MUST be run from a text session. – mchid Oct 12 '14 at 22:54
  • I know. I've run it in the Ctrl+Alt+F1 text session. There I've stoped lightdm before running the installation: 'sudo service lightdm stop'. – yinon Oct 13 '14 at 3:47
  • Okay good, did you run the other commands? If so, what errors do you receive? – mchid Oct 13 '14 at 3:48
  • The installation starts, but gives me an error later "unable to load module kernel 'nvidia.ko' ". – yinon Oct 13 '14 at 5:02
  • @yinon I've included the instructions for installing the apt-get version for you. – mchid Oct 13 '14 at 5:24

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