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Im new to Ubuntu, eveything is working great so far, except i can't seem to install the right driver for my Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 SSC. I'm trying to play steam games and can't get the right driver. Any help would be appreciated.

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In the terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T to open) run this

 sudo apt-get purge nvidia*  
 sudo reboot  

This will remove any installed nvidia drivers.

Then install the new drivers

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-361
sudo reboot
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    Removing the open source nouveau drivers is not necessary and also not recommended ... something can completely go wrong and damage the system. That's the reason why I removed this part from the answer and also to prevent downvotes for your otherwise good and useful instructions ... +1 from me ! :) – cl-netbox Feb 17 '16 at 12:31
  • Awesome, that worked! I see now, it was using the open source nouvea driver and i wouldn't be able to get in a game it was so choppy. – R.Wade Feb 17 '16 at 23:27
  • I then get "Update frequency out of range" from my display... – thoni56 Oct 27 '16 at 13:22
  • This is out of date – Joe Phillips Mar 8 '18 at 3:07

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