I have downloaded that latest Nvidia drivers for my system. They are in the downloads folder, all I do is drag it into terminal.

When I am root user it checks the integrity and runs checks on it.

When it starts to unpack I get splash screen telling me the following:

You appear to be running an X server; please exit X before
installing. For further details, please see the section INSTALLING THE NVIDIA DRIVER in the README available on the Linux driver download page at www.nvidia.com.

How do I exit X server? Is there a command I can run?

And once I exit should it update my drivers normally?

Would it have an effect if I change the propriety drivers to Nvidia?

  • Tip: sudo lightdm stop if you use Unity – user410213 May 14 '15 at 20:49
  • Why do you try to install drivers this way? It is not a good idea. You can install latest drivers from ppa. – Pilot6 May 14 '15 at 20:51
  • @Pilot6 sorry about the second reject - is was just a mis-click, thankfully a moderator stepped in :-) – guntbert May 15 '15 at 21:50

Much better way to install latest drivers for nvidia is to do it from ppa. In this case they will stay after kernel updates. Just run in terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-346
sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

And you install the same driver a correct way.

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