Install / Upgrade Nvidia Driver 325.15 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

August 9, 2013 — 2 Comments

Nvidia DriverNvidia has released the new display driver 325.15 (certified) for Linux. It’s easy to install or upgrade in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal and Linux Mint.

Nvidia driver 325.15 supports new GPUs: GRID K340, GRID K350, NVS 315, Quadro K500M (full list of supported GPUs). It brings a lots of bug fixes and some improvements.

  • Changed the default PCIe interrupt delivery method from virtual-wire to MSI. Note that if the NVIDIA Linux driver fails to initialize with an error indicating that it is not receiving interrupts, MSI can be disabled by setting the module parameter “NVreg_EnableMSI=0″ when loading the NVIDIA kernel module.
  • Removed support for Linux 2.4 kernels. The NVIDIA Linux driver now requires Linux 2.6.9 or later.
  • Improved the rendering performance of complex gradients.
  • Added support for configuring SLI Mosaic and Base Mosaic in the “X Server Display Configuration” page of nvidia-settings.
  • Updated nvidia-installer to look for the following files:

    These files may be provided by NVIDIA driver installers other than the official .run package maintained by NVIDIA, to alert nvidia-installer to the presence or availability of an alternative installation method. See the nvidia-installer(1) manual page for more information.
  • Generate a BadMatch error when applications attempt to create GLX pixmaps using glXCreatePixmap() or glXCreateGLXPixmapWithConfigSGIX() and the pixmap’s depth doesn’t match that of the specified GLXFBConfig.
  • Updated nvidia-settings to explicitly specify the direction of rotation for configuring per-display rotation configuration
  • Honor a GPU UUID as the GPU qualifier for X configuration options that allow GPU qualifiers (e.g. “MetaModes”).
  • Report GPU UUIDs in the X log when verbose logging is enabled in the X server.
  • Enabled conformant glBlitFrameBuffer() scissor test behavior by default. A driver-provided application profile enables the previous non-conformant behavior for applications that load libcogl, to work around a bug in older versions of libcogl.
  • Install Nvidia Driver 325.15:

    NOTE: Ubuntu by default uses the open source video driver Nouveau for your NVIDIA graphics card, you can enable it from Software & Updates -> Additional Drivers. This may interact better, and you may want to use this rather than NVIDIA’s official package.

    To get started, first download the driver from the Nvidia website. Here’s the link:

    Download Nvidia 325.15 for 32-bit Linux

    Download Nvidia 325.15 for 64-bit Linux

    You may check you system type (32-bit or 64-bit) by System Settings -> Details.

    To install it, you have to press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to command console. Login with your username and password. When you’re in, follow below steps:

    Command Console

    1.) Stop graphical session:

    sudo stop lightdm

    2.) Give executable permission for your downloaded package:

    chmod a+x ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*

    3.) Run the installer and follow the on screen prompts to start installing Nvidia Driver:

    sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*

    4.) Restart your computer via below command:

    sudo restart

    If for some reason the new drivers do not work properly, run below commands in Ctrl+Alt+F1 command console to remove Nvidia Driver:

    sudo stop lightdm
    sudo ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-* --uninstall
    sudo restart


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    2 responses to Install / Upgrade Nvidia Driver 325.15 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

    1. Hi!
      Great tutorial!

      I have an ion based pc connected to my TV, as HTPC, which I manage entirely through ssh (no keyboard or mouse ), therefore I was wondering if I could replicate these steps through an ssh connection?


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