Cannot install Nvidia drivers 12.04

Asked by Jose Gonzalez on 2012-04-26

I have an ASUS X53S that comes with Nvidia GT540M.
Basically I can't run Unity3D because the drivers are not installed.
When i click on Additional Drivers in System Settings it says: No proprietary drivers are in use on this system.
I'm quite new with linux just started using it 4 months ago. I tried installing the Nvidia drivers from the software centre, but when i restart the X-server I get very poor resolution. Is someone having similar problems or know how to solve this?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a


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Tristan Cormier (tristanc) said :

Try uninstalling your current Nvidia drivers and install the proprietary ones found here: (32-bit)
I have guessed by your hardware that you need 32-bit drivers, but if you want to download the 64-bit ones, click on this link:

This should normally fix the problem for you, but in any way, please let me know how it works out if you can.

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Jose Gonzalez (pepe-goniba-h) said :

Hey I should have mentioned before that I had tried that before with no results. I get the low resolution after isntalling and restarting x-server.
This is the output after running sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a:

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: GF108 [GeForce GT 540M]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:db000000-dbffffff memory:c0000000-cfffffff memory:d0000000-d1ffffff ioport:d000(size=128) memory:dc000000-dc07ffff
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 09
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:52 memory:dc400000-dc7fffff memory:b0000000-bfffffff ioport:e000(size=64)
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux firith-ubuntu 3.2.0-23-generic #36-Ubuntu SMP Tue Apr 10 20:39:51 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Yeah I thought it'd be a dual GPU monstrosity. This causes no end of hell in Linux. There is a project called ironhide to support it as Nvidia have said they will not be supporting the technology outside of windows.

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Jose Gonzalez (pepe-goniba-h) said :

Well that is rather annoying since ironhide is not supported in 12.04 according to what i have been reading.
Still trying to figure this out....

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Jose Gonzalez (pepe-goniba-h) said :

Installed bumblebee and its fixed, I can use unity3d now, just in case anyone else has the same problem.