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#1 hornybluecow

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:57 PM

So i'm trying to get Ubuntu to run with a quadro 3700 and by default it knows its a nvidia card but thats about it. just says unknown video card in the system. the nvidia drivers that came install work enough to get around but it has no cuda support or most of the graphic options found on windows.

when i downloaded the new drivers from nvidia NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.59.run all it does is open a txt editor and says "loading" for about half an hour before it crashes ubuntu. could someone please explain to me step by step how to install nvidia drivers?

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:37 AM

So i'm trying to get Ubuntu to run with a quadro 3700 and by default it knows its a nvidia card but thats about it. just says unknown video card in the system. the nvidia drivers that came install work enough to get around but it has no cuda support or most of the graphic options found on windows.

when i downloaded the new drivers from nvidia NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.59.run all it does is open a txt editor and says "loading" for about half an hour before it crashes ubuntu. could someone please explain to me step by step how to install nvidia drivers?



Try this

- Ubuntu 32-bit (i386):

cd ~/; mkdir nvidia295.49; cd nvidia295.49/


wget -O NVIDIA-Linux-x86-295.49.run http://goo.gl/1f9kc


chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-295.49.run


sudo sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-295.49.run

 - Ubuntu 64-bit (amd64):

cd ~/; mkdir nvidia295.49; cd nvidia295.49/


wget -O NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.49.run http://goo.gl/hg4Kz


chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.49.run


sudo sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.49.run

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If you already have the driver installed you should be able to just do an apt-get update on the package, like is said in that article.

Make sure your using sudo, and your chmods are right.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:18 PM

thanks but that's already over my head. I have no idea what sudo or chmods is and even how to find them if they came installed.

From what i gathred i need to boot into the console mode and install the drivers that way. should i just burn it to a cd and do
run cd-NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.59.run
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Edited by hornybluecow, 16 July 2012 - 03:18 PM.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:25 AM

thanks but that's already over my head. I have no idea what sudo or chmods is and even how to find them if they came installed.

From what i gathred i need to boot into the console mode and install the drivers that way. should i just burn it to a cd and do

run cd-NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.59.run
?



I would research basic linux commands if I were you then. Linux is a OS that is more powerful if you know the CLI, you can have the best GUI in the world, but it is still important to have those CLI skills.



SUDO is basically an elevated prompt in the UNIX world. It gives you root privileges without you logging into root. It basically ups your privileges temporarily to root level.

after you use SUDO you will be prompted to type in your password

wget is a way of retrieving packages via http, there are also package managers that use repositories where you can get packages from I forget what Ubuntu uses but centOS uses YUM. The other major one is RPM.

chmod is changing the permissions of the directory or file. In the windows world this is done by making something read, read/write, etc...
http://survietamine....1184050/chmod-x


The guide I posted is pretty straight forward as far as what commands to use. Just open up a prompt and copy and past them in one by one and it should work for you.


sudo sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-295.49.run
is the command that will run the package. If you already have the package, there is no need to use wget, just point the path of this command to where you have the driver located.

sh is a command interpreter.



*** You don't need to boot into console mode, you can just open a console (terminal) window from the GUI.
No need to burn to a CD...

Edited by greengiant912, 17 July 2012 - 05:32 AM.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:06 PM

Did you ever get your drivers working?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

Yeah, I just did all the auto updates and it seems to work. The system info is still blank but now the drivers report the card. I never figured out the console.

I'm Sure whoever get this computer is just gonna install windows so I'm not so worried

Edit: I forgot to thank for the help , it was a tall order

Edited by hornybluecow, 01 August 2012 - 01:11 PM.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

Glad I came across this one. Thank You.


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