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Zoot Nov 15, 2012 @ 5:25pm
Issue Report: Trouble with proprietary NVIDIA drivers
I am on Ubuntu 12.10 and I've been trying to install the proprietary graphics drivers from NVIDIA as suggested in the "Getting Started" thread. I've been unable to find them in the "Additional drivers" tab in "Software Sources", so I had to install them from the command-line with "apt-get install nvidia-current". Unfortunately, this does not seem to work. When I reboot, Unity never seems to launch - I just see the desktop background and nothing else.

I am using a GeForce GT 630M.
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Jake The Dog Nov 15, 2012 @ 7:27pm 
That's because the Unity sucks, try to install GNOME, everything will work fine.
But btw, you could try this, to make it work:
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current-updates
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates
Last edited by Jake The Dog; Nov 15, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Pchan Nov 15, 2012 @ 9:51pm 
Using ubuntu 12.10 here
In my "Additional Drivers" there was five options in this order
- stable nvidia driver
- experimental nvidia driver 310 (I use this one)
- open source driver
- stable nvidia driver with updates
- experimental nvidia driver 304

At first I missed the 310 driver since it was not at the bottom...
Afterwards the ubuntu loading screen did not look as good as with 304 but it eventually started the login. After logging in, the graphics were also messed up but it eventually loaded the desktop fine.

Hope my experience was of help.
Josh Nov 16, 2012 @ 6:04am 
You should first remove the NVIDIA drivers, and install Bumblebee. I did have this exact problem, but installing Bumblebee fixed it.

First add the Bumblebee repository:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

Update the repository list:
sudo apt-get update

Then install Bumblebee:
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia

Finally, restart your computer.

Now, in order to use the NVIDIA card to run applications you have to run them from the terminal, with
optirun
prepended to it.

For example, to run Steam with the NVIDIA card:
optirun steam

I hope this works for you! :-)
johndrinkwater [🐧︀ 🎮] Nov 16, 2012 @ 6:37am 
Zoot, could you post your system information please.
Yamagata Nov 16, 2012 @ 6:49am 
12.10 has a bug that does not properly list the source packages needed to build the nVidia kernel module as dependencies. It has absolutely nothing to do with your desktop environment. Installing anything else or using a ppa won't help. I'm using a GeForce 660m with Unity on 12.10 currently and it works great. (Not to slight any other DE, use the one you want, yay free software.)

Bumblebee will only help in the event you have a computer using Optimus. This may be a problem, but you should first confirm the nVidia kernel module is building properly by making sure that the following packages are installed prior to installing the nVidia drivers:

- linux-source
- linux-headers-generic

You can run "sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*" to ensure the drivers are completely removed before installing them again, the console output should indicate it's building a kernel module for your current kernel version if all is well. If it still does not function, then Bumblebee would be good to try in addition, or if you know your laptop indeed uses Optimus.

Here is the related bug report in Launchpad outlining the root cause of the issue (with a good dollop of wailing, though the issue is pretty awful): https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates/+bug/1068341
Last edited by Yamagata; Nov 16, 2012 @ 7:37am
Fluke Nov 19, 2012 @ 5:42am 
Originally posted by Borscht:
That's because the Unity sucks, try to install GNOME, everything will work fine.
But btw, you could try this, to make it work:
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current-updates
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates

Installing gnome3 doesn't help frame rates all that much. Unity with the suggestions they put in the getting started thing fixes 90% of the frame rate issues. Oh and you are wrong about your suggestions here there are newer drivers in the repo sudo apt-get install nvidia-experimental-310 is a lot newer than the one you are pointing at.
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