Install NVIDIA GeForce driver in Ubuntu 14.04 / 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.04 using PPA

Install the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics driver (version 304.108 / 319) in Ubuntu 14.04 / 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04 / 11.10 / 11.04 / 10.04 using PPA. This PPA doesn’t support Ubuntu 10.10. This PPA is from Ubuntu-X team and xorg crack pushers team which updates unsupported packages for your system.

For Ubuntu 10.10 you can download the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics driver (version 304.64) from GeForce official site.

To add PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 / 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.10

Ubuntu 14.04 / 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.10 users, Run the following command in the terminal and type the password for the user when prompted.  Others use the Ubuntu-X PPA.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

To add PPA for Ubuntu 12.04 / 11.10 / 11.04 / 10.04

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

After adding the PPA, update your system repository.

To Update

sudo apt-get update

Now install the NVIDIA GeForce graphics driver 304.108 in your system, as you install other packages by using apt-get.

To Install

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Above command will install the driver.

Supported Products

GeForce 600 series:

GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 660, GTX 650, GT 645, GT 640, GT 630, GT 620, GT 610, 605

GeForce 600M series:

GTX 680M, GTX 675MX, GTX 675M, GTX 670MX, GTX 670M, GTX 660M, GT 650M, GT 645M, GT 640M LE, GT 640M, GT 635M, GT 630M, GT 620M, G610M

GeForce 500 series:

GTX 590, GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 SE, GTX 560, GTX 555, GTX 550 Ti, GT 545, GT 530, GT 520, 510

GeForce 500M series:

GTX 580M, GTX 570M, GTX 560M, GT 555M, GT 550M, GT 540M, GT 525M, GT 520MX, GT 520M

GeForce 400 series:

GTX 480, GTX 470, GTX 465, GTX 460 v2, GTX 460 SE v2, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460, GTS 450, GT 440, GT 430, GT 420, GT 415, 405

GeForce 400M series:

GTX 485M, GTX 480M, GTX 470M, GTX 460M, GT 445M, GT 435M, GT 425M, GT 420M, GT 415M, 410M

GeForce 300 series:

GT 340, GT 330, GT 320, 315, 310

GeForce 300M series:

GTS 360M, GTS 350M, GT 335M, GT 330M, GT 325M, GT 320M, 320M, 315M, 310M, 305M

GeForce 200 series:

GTX 295, GTX 285, GTX 280, GTX 275, GTX 260, GTS 250, GTS 240, GT 240, GT 230, GT 220, G210, 210, 205

GeForce 200M series:

GTX 285M, GTX 280M, GTX 260M, GTS 260M, GTS 250M, GT 240M, GT 230M, GT 220M, G210M

GeForce 100 series:

GT 140, GT 130, GT 120, G 100

GeForce 100M series:

GTS 160M, GTS 150M, GT 130M, GT 120M, G 110M, G 105M, G 103M, G 102M

GeForce 9 series:

9800 GX2, 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9800 GT, 9650 S, 9600 GT, 9600 GSO 512, 9600 GSO, 9600 GS, 9500 GT, 9500 GS, 9400 GT, 9400, 9300 SE, 9300 GS, 9300 GE, 9300 / nForce 730i, 9300, 9200, 9100

GeForce 9M series:

9800M GTX, 9800M GTS, 9800M GT, 9800M GS, 9700M GTS, 9700M GT, 9650M GT, 9650M GS, 9600M GT, 9600M GS, 9500M GS, 9500M G, 9400M G, 9400M, 9300M GS, 9300M G, 9200M GS, 9100M G

GeForce 8 series:

8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8800 GS, 8600 GTS, 8600 GS, 8500 GT, 8400 SE, 8400 GS, 8400, 8300 GS, 8300, 8200, 8100 / nForce 720a

GeForce 8M series:

8800M GTX, 8800M GTS, 8700M GT, 8600M GT, 8600M GS, 8400M GT, 8400M GS, 8400M G, 8200M G

GeForce 7 series:

7950 GX2, 7950 GT, 7900 GTX, 7900 GT/GTO, 7900 GS, 7800 SLI, 7800 GTX, 7800 GT, 7800 GS, 7650 GS, 7600 LE, 7600 GT, 7600 GS, 7500 LE, 7350 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7300 GT, 7300 GS, 7150M /NVIDIA nForce 630M, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / nForce 620i, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7000M /NVIDIA nForce 610M

GeForce Go 7 series:

Go 7950 GTX, Go 7900 GS, Go 7800 GTX, Go 7800, Go 7700, Go 7600 GT, Go 7600, Go 7400, Go 7300, Go 7200

GeForce 6 series:

6800 XT, 6800 XE, 6800 Ultra, 6800 LE, 6800 GT, 6800 GS, 6800, 6700 XL, 6610 XL, 6600 VE, 6600 LE, 6600 GT, 6600, 6500, 6250, 6200 TurboCache, 6200SE TurboCache, 6200 LE, 6200 A-LE, 6200, 6150SE nForce 430, 6150 LE, 6150, 6100 nForce 420, 6100 nForce 405, 6100 nForce 400, 6100

NVS Series:

NVS 510, NVS 310, NVS 300

Quadro series:

K5000, 7000, 6000, 600, 5000, 410, 4000, 400, 2000D, 2000

Quadro FX series:

FX Go1400, FX 5800, FX 580, FX 570, FX 5600, FX 560, FX 5500, FX 550, FX 540, FX 4800, FX 4700 X2, FX 4600, FX 4500 X2, FX 4500, FX 4000, FX 380 LP, FX 3800, FX 380, FX 370 Low Profile, FX 3700, FX 370, FX 3500, FX 350, FX 3450/4000 SDI, FX 3400/4400, FX 1800, FX 1700, FX 1500, FX 1400, CX

Quadro Notebook series:

K5000M, K4000M, K3000M, K2000M, K1000M, 5010M, 5000M, 4000M, 3000M, 2000M, 1000M

Quadro FX Notebook series:

FX 880M, FX 770M, FX 570M, FX 560M, FX 540M, FX 380M, FX 3800M, FX 370M, FX 3700M, FX 360M, FX 3600M, FX 350M, FX 2800M, FX 2700M, FX 2500M, FX 1800M, FX 1700M, FX 1600M, FX 1500M

Quadro NVS series:

NVS 450, NVS 440, NVS 420, NVS 295, NVS 290, NVS 285, NVS 210S / 6150LE

Quadro NVS Notebook series:

NVS 5400M, NVS 5200M, NVS 510M, NVS 4200M, NVS 320M, NVS 160M, NVS 150M, NVS 140M, NVS 135M, NVS 130M, NVS 120M, NVS 110M

Quadro Plex series:

Model IV, Model II, D Series, 7000

Quadro G-Sync series:

G-Sync II

Quadro SDI series:

Quadro SDI

ION series:

ION LE, ION

C-Class Processors:

Tesla C870, Tesla C2075, Tesla C2070, Tesla C2050, Tesla C1060, T10 Processor

M-Class Processors:

Tesla M2090, Tesla M2075, Tesla M2070-Q, Tesla M2070, Tesla M2050, Tesla M1060

X-Class Processors:

Tesla X2090

K-Series Processors:

Tesla K10

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  • Tom

    Help me, I have installed the driver as mentioned on this page and now my newly installed ubuntu 12.10 wont work correctly. I have no taskbar on the left as expected. the only way I could get into the settings was to right click and go through the display settings whereupon I discover that I have installed some completely different driver and it insists that i have a laptop screen instead of my two screens on my desktop.

    I need to know how to uninstall this driver and install the correct one, please help me, my system is now unusable.

    • http://www.howopensource.com Manivannan

      Hi Tom,

      First find your card type & model using this command “lspci | grep VGA”, then install the Driver according to it. To Remove use the below command.

      sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current

    • Amine

      i have the same problem as you TOM
      Specs : DELL XPS 15 L502x
      i7 2630QM
      Nvidia GT 540m

      after the installation of the driver i have an empty desktop (nothing exept the wallpaper)
      after a while, a message has been shown : problem has relation with compiz

      plz help us … :'(
      (sorry for my english)

      • http://www.howopensource.com Manivannan

        Hi Amine,

        Check which driver is in use using this command “lspci -k | grep -iA2 vga”. Paste the output here, I can help you to install the proper driver and make it work.

        Thanks

        • http://www.mqvl.com harry

          hey guys, I have the same issue, I have followed the main page and suddenly My nvidia graphic
          I have used all the above lines to solve my problem I use NVS 4200m (latitude 6420)and I have installed the following lines:

          sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

          sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

          Non of my graphic cards are working properly

          when I use

          lspci | grep VGA it detects my graphic card NVS 4200M

          but I don’t know how to install this particular one or what line of code to write

          Please Help me out here

        • jedimeat

          Did you have any luck with this? If so, how? I have exactly the same setup/issue

          Before installing the drivers, lspci… gives the following:

          $ lspci -k | grep -iA2 vga

          00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

          Subsystem: Dell Device 050e

          Kernel driver in use: i915

          01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108M [GeForce GT 540M] (rev a1)

          Subsystem: Dell Device 050e

          Kernel driver in use: nouveau

  • http://ubuntupop.blogspot.com Fitri

    many thanks for this post. I’ve been working around to make my nVidia card works. thanks again mate

    • Isaac

      I’m in the same boat as well, updated my drivers and Unity seems to be screwed up, only got a wallpaper. Here’s my output:

      01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF116 [GeForce GTX 550 Ti] (rev a1)
      Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Device 1556
      Kernel driver in use: nouveau
      Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidiafb

      Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Device 1556
      Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
      Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel

      I’ve tried manually installing from the Nvidia website and using the proprietary drivers but I still have the same problem.

      • http://www.howopensource.com Manivannan

        Hi Isaac,

        Blacklist nouveau driver and re-install the nvidia driver.

  • So

    I am also getting same problem when install nvidia driver .
    I have nvidia geforce 610 m 1 gb.

    lspci -k | grep -iA2 vga
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device 0507
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    --
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0dea (rev ff)
    03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9287 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Device e034

  • J

    Problem today (26 Oct 2012): when I do the “sudo apt-get update”, I get 404 errors for the PPA entered here.

    E.g.:
    Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates/ubuntu/dists/quantal/main/binary-amd64/Packages

    …and 2 other similar errors for i386 and sources. If I do the next step, I’m sure it will install the “standard” packages from the main repositories, no?

    • http://www.howopensource.com Manivannan

      Hi J,

      Server might have gone down while you were trying to update. Try again, little later.

      • Niconux

        Hello,

        I’m encountering the same here as there is no “quantal” directory at the location :

        Do you think it still will be back in a while ?

        • http://www.howopensource.com Manivannan

          Hi Niconux,

          I have updated the post, Now you can install the nvidia driver on Ubuntu 12.10 quantal. I think Ubuntu-X team will be back soon.

  • http://mortu.eu Mortu

    Hi,

    I`ve installed also drivers for nvidia GT540M and when i restarted the laptop, no unity, no bars no nothing

    Since you are asking for “lspci -k | grep -iA2 vga” here is mine:

    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device 0488
    Kernel driver in use: i915

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device 0488
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia

    HELP ME please

  • http://mortu.eu Mortu

    and i use Ubuntu 12.10

  • power101

    I have NVS 5200M graphics card along with Intel HD graphics card. Whether I could able to install nvidia driver . I tried following the above procedure, but after installing it in ubuntu 12.10 there is nothing in my desktop..Pls anyone help me

  • Peter

    Take a look at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers/+bug/1070392. I think that will solve your problem. Basically, it

    $ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    $ sudo apt-get install –reinstall nvidia-current nvidia-settings
    $ sudo reboot

    Worked for me.

    • coyote_song

      Yesterday afternoon when I replaced a working nvidia fx 1700 with a fx 4500 as I upgraded computers and moved to Ubuntu 13.10. I tried a host of ideas gleaned from the net to no avail and finally went to bed determined to give what you wrote a try in the morning. As a precaution I ran the following before your commands:

      sudo apt-get remove –purge nvidia*

      I followed this with your three commands and I now have the fx 4500 installed and running. Thanks to all of you here!

  • dasvegan

    I just stumbled upon this site and THANK YOU! I’ve been battling with the graphics driver for a couple of days now. Followed the steps in the post and…PERFECT!!! Thanks again!

  • Ronalds

    No FX 5200 – sad, cause my old dump PC, could need some tuning-just installed linux on it, and it’s like a year since I’m using laptop with Intel integrated GPU, and never have been more happier. NVIDIA PLS.

  • Charles Timms

    I just could not get this solution to work at all for me with Ubuntu 12.10 (64 bit) no matter how many times I reinstalled and tried. However, after installing 12.10 (32 bit) out of desperation and following the procedure outlined above, I now have a working system. THANK YOU! Should the above procedure work on 64 bit AND 32 bit systems? This is not clear from your “How To” article.

    • UnknownUser

      for me the first command didnt work, but just straight saying
      sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings worked just fine, and im on a 64b system

  • pierpaolo

    Hi,
    I am using Linux Mint 14 with Cinnamon. The graphic card is the geforce 6150se embedded in the motherboard. The video is linked throug VGA port to a 1920*1080 monitor. When using the nouveau drivers, I get a max resolution of 1024*768. If I install nvidia-current I get a 640*480 (!). The chipset is correctly seen in nvidia-setting, but I cannot change the resolution. Through the BIOS I assigned the graphic card 256 MB of memory (out of 2 GB total). Can you explain what am I doing wrong? Thanks.

  • http://panduaji.com Pandu Aji Wirawan

    i am using Lenovo G480 with GeForce G610M 1Gb on Ubuntu 12.04. when i try to

    lspci -k | grep -iA2 vga

    the result is
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Lenovo Device 3977
    Kernel driver in use: i915

    ubuntu not detect my nvidia vga how to fix it?

  • JF

    Thanks, resolved my issues with Ubuntu 12.10 with an nvidia nvs 285.

  • WhiteBoy

    Like Mortue I have the nvidia GT540M and 12.10, and when i restarted there is no unity and no bar. I tried:
    $ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    $ sudo apt-get install –reinstall nvidia-current nvidia-settings
    $ sudo reboot
    but no result. How do i get unity and compiz back?

    • rceballos

      How did you solve this issue? Same problem here, please help!

  • Tom_Bomabdill

    it asks me for CD of ubuntu, which i don’t have. have only USB stick, and install wont accept it

  • mark1234s

    similar problem upgrading 12.04 to 12.10 64b with C61 GeForce6150SE nForce430 after login the screen is unreadable with horizontal lines. In bash i tryed the commands mentioned here but get from bash command not found for sudo and apt-get login as user or root. Booting with old CD ubuntu 10.10 is working fine. How can recover the graphic mode?

  • kheloo

    i have probleem

    {
    root@Khaleel:~# sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    nvidia-current : Depends: xorg-video-abi-11
    Depends: xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.10.99.901)
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    }

    SAMSUNG laptop NP300 -V5Z
    Intel® Core

  • lilian

    I run this command (everything seems the same; nothing improved). How can I undo these commands? thanks

  • http://gplus.to/equiman Camilo Martinez

    Sorry but don’t work in Ubuntu 13-04 with nVidia 6088 XT… when reboot only can use the console.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marxleni Kjetil Ervik

    I have in the last year trying to get Nvidia Geforce 610m to work in Mandriva, Mageia, Ubuntu. And the conclusion is again Nvidia 610m is not compatible with Linux. As this description on this website and others, does not work in practice. There are many who would like to help that neither should be allowed to do so. I can not understand, it seems that most ideas from various sites are taken out of thin air. For the rather rare att they work. Netflix is another idea that can be good, because even though you can install Netflix Desktop in some distro, so well as various quality! Still better quality in Win7 here. No, now I have tested Linux for some years with intermittent hardware problem time and time again. We hope Linux can do this gradually, Linux is better in most areas, but multimedia and games should still use Windows.

  • alvaro

    Thanks very much .all ok

  • quneur

    After 3 reinstalls, this is the only advice that worked for my geforce go 7600 and ubuntu 13.10. Others said x-swat which didn’t work, software center drivers didn’t work, drivers from nvidia didn’t work (for unknown reasons). Thanks Mani.

  • Sethu R

    I followed the directions listed above. I rebooted. Now after I login I get a blank screen!.

    Not sure what to do now. I can see my mouse pointer, but nothing else. I am able to login enter my password. After which I see a blank screen. Please help.

    I use ubuntu 13.10. Laptop is asus k55vm, nvidea geforce GT 630M

    • rceballos

      same problem here, can you please tell me how you fixed it?

  • Charles

    Hey guys, after that install this ppa, my Ubuntu 13.10 doesnt start :( the screen goes black and doesnt show the desktop, please someone helpme thanks

    • rceballos

      Hi charles, the exact same thing happened to me. How did you solve this?

      • nuno

        press ctrl+alt+f1
        login if asked

        Remove everything to do with the Nvidia proprietary drivers.

        sudo nvidia-settings –uninstall
        sudo apt-get remove –purge nvidia*

        Start from scratch.

        sudo apt-get remove –purge xserver-xorg-video-nouveau xserver-xorg-video-nv
        sudo reboot
        go to software center search and install bumblebee
        than reboot again

        • Joe Colburn

          If this doesn’t work, shut down the computer, pull out the nvidia card (if it’s a second card and/or you have video integrated on the motherboard), boot as normal with the primary (motherboard) video card), uninstall the nvidia drivers as above, and then put your card back in and you’re good.

        • Root_Tesla

          For me worked:
          sudo apt-get remove –purge nvidia* and VOILA. Everything back again.

          Do NOT Install the freaking driver, happened twice to me.

          • megaman

            This worked for me with a 420m, nvidia drivers are not compatible :(

          • jimgowdy

            Everything went bad after I installed the hardware updates on my system. The laptop(satellite) updated great but my desktop had a geforce 8600 gt graphics card from NVidia.

            Thanks this worked for me too!
            jim

    • rceballos

      same problem here, can you please tell me how you solved it?

  • leifer

    Thanks! Updated my Zoltac NVIDIA ION with correct drivers, no more stuttering in XBMC playback

  • Harry Eaton

    I have a NVidia GTX 560Ti. Each time I install the 304.108 driver the screen goes blank after the restart. There appears to be no way to recover from this except for reinstalling Ubuntu. The Ubuntu 13.01 default driver loaded after a new install does not scale the screen properly on any available screen resolution. My conclusion is my graphics card is not supported by Ubuntu. Does anyone know different?

  • Alessandro Nesi

    After i type the last command it tells me that it can find the nvidia-setting package. What should I do?

  • TheLastEagle

    Thanks!

    This took me from 640×480 max. to 1024×768 max. ‘Preciate it!

  • Peter Dolinaj

    Excellent tutorial, worked like a charm! Thank you!

  • cdhunter

    Thanks bro! This is working.