NVIDIA 650 ti Driver Install on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Without question this was the easiest installation I have ever experienced.

Prerequisites:  a wired connection.  Because of the hassle of setting up a wireless network set up a wired one for now.  Later you can configure a wireless network following THESE instructions.

Here is how:

  1. Install Ubuntu 12.04 from DVD – make sure you have a wired connection and setup your network so that you may update as you install
  2. When complete reboot
  3. Update all packages using package manager or command line – network connection required.
  4. reboot – to ensure that any new kernel get installed from step 3
  5. DO NOT login from/through the graphical interface (DO NOT use the build in driver gui to install its suggested NVIDIA drivers)
  6. from the graphical login page do:  CNTRL+ALT+F1 – this will open a black screen – no X
  7. login as “you”

Enter the following (network connection required):

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

The above commands are useful if you already have the Nvidia driver installed
and just want to upgrade it. If you want to install the driver, on a
clean system for example, then replace the third step presented above
with the following one:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Exit your user and reboot.  You should come up to an X login window (the stardard window).  Login.  Click on the “Dash Home” button top left side of the screen and look for the NVIDIA icon.  Click on it and see if it correctly IDs your GPU.

2 Responses to NVIDIA 650 ti Driver Install on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

  1. Mike says:

    Couldn’t you just type startx to start the GUI instead of rebooting? Sorry if its a dumb question.

  2. Ron says:

    You could give “startx” a try but I usually like a reboot after a driver install. If something goes wrong then it will be obvious during a reboot. Also with PPAs they have hooks into DKMS logic for ongoing driver upgrades and kernel support.

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