how to install Nvidia drivers from nvidia website?

Asked by Darren Laver

I've recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 64bit on my machine and some people suggested i install the drivers for my 9800 gtx+ from nvidia instead of the open source drivers supplied.

went to and found the drivers and got a 'agree and download' button, pressing this gave me a screen full of code.

i went back and right-clicked the button and clicked 'save target as' and it's given me a .run file that i have no idea what to do with.

can someone help me please? :)

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wojox (wojox) said :

Hey Darren,

I had the same problem. Follow this link. It's what I used to get things running.

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robinot (robinot) said :

nvidia drivers is need only for special or hight performances.
at the nvidia site, or from the site of your machine, they have an installer.
It is update only if it is your choice according your need.
you can choose the both solutions : a free driver or a driver from nvidia.

(nvidia site explain it clearly, never forget to read all is around drivers p.e 3D, virtual , hight resolution of the screen etc...)

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Rajinder Sandhu (sandy744) said :

Onstall if you want hardware acceleration and graphics are not responding properly and
if you know how to do it then only do yourself the information given in the readme file of the drivers....otherwise leave it gets updated automatically by update manager or synaptic when you run software updates..... I had been doing same exercise and was able to install and use. This is fairly simple.

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Rajinder Sandhu (sandy744) said :

Here is the prodedure which was copied from nvidia ....same thing is available in the readme file in the software
To download and install the drivers, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Review the NVIDIA Software License.

You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any files.

STEP 2: Download the Driver File
Download -

SuSE users: please read the SuSE NVIDIA Installer HOWTO before downloading the driver.

STEP 3: Install
Type "sh" to install the driver. NVIDIA now provides a utility to assist you with configuration of your X config file. Please see Chapter 3 of the README or run 'man nvidia-xconfig' for details on usage. Instructions for those wishing to edit their X config file by hand can also be found in the README.


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