How to check if Nvidia drivers are installed and working properly on Ubuntu 12.04?

Asked by Tom Moore

I have a Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT 1gb pci card running on a 32 bit system. There are multiple drivers for linux and first I need to know which I should install. I tried one and after downloading, I tried to install and just got a white screen pop up. I am new to Ubuntu and don't know how to check to see the current driver for Nvidia. Please help, thanks.

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arnupharb (arnupharb-master) said :
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Tom Moore (metalmoore04) said :

Thanks, but I know how to get the driver from the Nvidia page. How do I then install that driver after it is downloaded on Ubuntu 12.04 and check to see if the device is working properly and that the integrated graphics are shut off?

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Daniel Letzeisen (dtl131) said :

Don't install nvidia drivers from their web page (because they'll be more difficult to upgrade/remove). Always use .deb packages where possible. If you need 319.32, at least use xorg-edgers PPA:

As far as basic testing, install mesa-utils package an check the following commands:

$ glxinfo | grep vendor
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
client glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation

$ glxgears

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

If you run:


And you get no warning message, the driver is loaded and in use.

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