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-gtk2available 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