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The latest stable branch is 180.x. You may find them on the [http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us official nVidia website]. Occasionally, the page is not up-to-date - you will always find the latest driver vesion on the FTP repository ([ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/ x86-64] / [ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/ x86]). You will need the one called '''NVIDIA-Linux-[PLATFORM]-[VERSION]-pkg2.run'''.
 
The latest stable branch is 180.x. You may find them on the [http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us official nVidia website]. Occasionally, the page is not up-to-date - you will always find the latest driver vesion on the FTP repository ([ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/ x86-64] / [ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/ x86]). You will need the one called '''NVIDIA-Linux-[PLATFORM]-[VERSION]-pkg2.run'''.
 
 
== Installing the drivers ==
 
You will need the following packages:
 
* gcc-4.3 (or 4.2, depending on the version used to compile your kernel)
 
* binutils
 
 
Once you downloaded the correct drivers, stop any X server running through <tt>sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop</tt> (or any other greeter application you may use). Then, run the installer you downloaded as root through <tt>sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-[PLATFORM]-[VERSION]-pkg2.run</tt>.
 
 
Follow the instructions given by the installer.
 
 
== Notes ==
 
Xorg 1.6, now shipped by default in some distributions, require nVidia drivers version 180.27 or above. The latest beta version is always recommended. nVidia beta drivers are most of the time stable-quality.
 
 
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/ NVIDIA FTP repository - x86-64]
 
* [ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/ NVIDIA FTP repository - x86-64]
 
* [ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/ NVIDIA FTP repository - x86]
 
* [ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/ NVIDIA FTP repository - x86]
* [http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDriversNvidiaWay Debian Wiki - nVidia driver installation]
 
 
* [http://rpmfusion.org/RPMFusionSwitcher Fedora RPM packages FAQ]
 
* [http://rpmfusion.org/RPMFusionSwitcher Fedora RPM packages FAQ]
 
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Latest revision as of 14:26, September 24, 2010

There are two kind of nVidia drivers. The official, proprietary, drivers and the unofficial, open source ones called "nouveau" (AKA "nv"). The latter version is usually shipped by default with most distributions, and are nowhere near usable for any 3d application.


Downloading the drivers Edit

Some distributions make official precompiled drivers available through their packaging system. As not all of them do, those will not be mentioned here.

The latest stable branch is 180.x. You may find them on the official nVidia website. Occasionally, the page is not up-to-date - you will always find the latest driver vesion on the FTP repository (x86-64 / x86). You will need the one called NVIDIA-Linux-[PLATFORM]-[VERSION]-pkg2.run.

External links Edit

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