Driver downloads via Websites (Circumventing the Package Managers)

Asked by AJ C.

Hey guys, my first question:

The only reason I'm currently using Windows is my graphics card.

I'm running Jaunty Jackalope on an HP Pavillion dv6700

My Ethernet port doesn't work, and since I already have an ISP for my desktop, I don't want to fork out especially for a Wireless plan, in order to download graphics drivers.

Is it at all possible for me to download nVidia graphics drives directly from a website, instead of through the package-managing software on Jaunty?

Thanks in advance,


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Best Steve (stupendoussteve-deactivatedaccount) said :

It is very possible, but not suggested.

I would suggest downloading the correct .deb from - Either x86 or AMD64, they are at the bottom of the page. You should be able to import it into Ubuntu and install it with gdebi (double clicking). Make sure you get the dependencies as well if they are not already installed.

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AJ C. (qahne) said :

Thanks Steven Susbauer, that solved my question.