Installing Nvidia Driver in Ubuntu 13.10

This was a bit fiddly as first of all I was getting messages that I was running an x-server, so I found that by hitting:

CTRL + ALT + F2

that it would exit to a command prompt.

I was still getting a message about running an x-server

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so I then typed:

sudo service lightdm stop

and then did the install using the following:

cd Downloads

(as this is where my downloaded file from nvidia was located)

chmod 755 NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run

(this command makes the NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run file executable)

sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run

this actually “runs” the “NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run” file that I downloaded from nvidia

this actually seemed to work and did run the file in the non graphical interface.

These are the screenshots from the install

First an error message saying:

ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file ‘/var/log/nvidia-installer.log’ for details.  You may find suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux driver download page at www.nvidia.com.

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Strangely this worrying screen did not cause any problems as it just went on to the next screen:

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the another rather worrying screen:

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but just click “yes” to continue

Then a nicer screen saying “Building NVIDIA kernel module:”

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then “building unified memory kernel module”

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then a screen asking if you wish to insall nvidia’s 32-bit compatibility libraries?

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Not sure if you need them on a 64 bit system and it seemed to work with or without them

the another screen

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then

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then

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finally success – it’s installed!!

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After a reboot

sudo shutdown -r 0

the nvidia driver was up and running and running

nvidia-settings

launched the nvidia control panel