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 R0004231 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 (this command makes the file executable) sudo ./ this actually "runs" the "" 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 R0004233 Strangely this worrying screen did not cause any problems as it just went on to the next screen: R0004234 the another rather worrying screen: R0004236 but just click "yes" to continue Then a nicer screen saying "Building NVIDIA kernel module:" R0004237 then "building unified memory kernel module" R0004238 then a screen asking if you wish to insall nvidia's 32-bit compatibility libraries? R0004239 Not sure if you need them on a 64 bit system and it seemed to work with or without them the another screen R0004242 then R0004241 then R0004242 finally success - it's installed!! R0004243 After a reboot sudo shutdown -r 0 the nvidia driver was up and running and running nvidia-settings launched the nvidia control panel