Install Nvidia Driver 346.16 Beta in Ubuntu 14.04 via PPA

November 15, 2014 — 3 Comments

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?

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