Install Nvidia Driver 346.16 Beta in Ubuntu 14.04 via PPA

November 15, 2014

Nvidia 346.16

NVIDIA recently introduced the 346.xx graphics driver series for Linux with the release of the 346.16 beta driver. Xorg-Edgers PPA has made the binary packages available for Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04

According to the release highlights, the new driver added below new features:

  • Added support for GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M GPUs.
  • Added support for decoding VP8 video streams using the NVCUVID API on GPUs with VP8 hardware decode support.
  • Added the ability to increase the operating voltage on certain GeForce GPUs in the GeForce GTX 400 series and later. Voltage adjustments are done at the user’s own risk.
  • Added accelerated support for r8g8b8a8, r8g8b8x8, b8g8r8a8 and b8g8r8x8 RENDER formats.
  • Added support for the EGL_EXT_device_base, EGL_EXT_platform_device, and EGL_EXT_output_base extensions.
  • Added support in nvidia-settings for GTK+3 UI, an option --use-gtk2 available to force the use of GTK+2 library.
  • Support for the latest Linux Kernel 3.17 / 3.18 series.
  • Performance improvements and various bug fixes.

For more changes and supported products, see the Nvidia page.

How to Install Nvidia 346.16 in Ubuntu:

Besides using the official installer package, you can install the new driver in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, or Linux Mint 17 from the xorg-edgers fresh X crack ppa.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit run to add the PPA:

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

2. Update the package lists and install the new driver:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nvidia-346 nvidia-settings

(Optional) To purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

To remove the Nvidia 346 driver:

sudo apt-get remove nvidia-346

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3 responses to Install Nvidia Driver 346.16 Beta in Ubuntu 14.04 via PPA

  1. I tried 346 on 14.04 – did not work – had to fall back to 331. The Nvidia card was NVS3100M, in a Dell E6510 Laptop.

  2. Don’t purge the PPA or you will lose the nvidia package you just installed.

    Just remove the ppa…

  3. Hi I have just installed a Nvidia GEForce GTX 960 on my desktop and the screen goes blank (black after I select to boot ubunutu). I am guessing that the above wil be the solution to my problem. However as the screen is black I can not login in / open a terminal window as suggested …. do I have to uninstall the graphics card first?