Nvidia Driver 340.58 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu 14.04

November 7, 2014 — 2 Comments

Nvidia 340.58 PPA

Nvidia Graphics Driver for Linux has just released version 340.58 with new GPUs support and a few bug fixes.

The latest long lived branch release Nvidia 340.58 was released this Wednesday with below changes:

  • Added support for the following GPUs:
    • GeForce GT820M
    • GeForce GTX 760A
    • GeForce GTX 850A
    • GeForce 810A
    • GeForce 820A
    • GeForce 840A
  • Fixed a bug that could cause VT-switching to fail following a suspend, resume, and driver reload sequence.
  • Fixed a bug that caused incorrect colors to be displayed on X screens running at depth 8 on some GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented GPUs from being correctly recognized in MetaMode strings when identified by UUID.
  • Implemented support for disabling indirect GLX context creation using the -iglx option available on X.Org server release 1.16 and newer.  Note that future X.Org server releases may make the -iglx option the default. To re-enable support for indirect GLX on such servers, use the +iglx option.
  • Added the “AllowIndirectGLXProtocol” X config option. This option can be used to disallow use of GLX protocol. See “Appendix B. X Config Options” in the README for more details.

How to Install / Upgrade to Nvidia 340.58:

The Xorg-Edgers PPA provides the binary packages of the driver for Ubuntu 14.10, and Ubuntu 14.04.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nvidia-340

Above commands will add the PPA and install the new driver. After that, restart your computer to take effect.

If for some reason, the new driver does not work properly. Open terminal or log into command console (Ctrl+Alt+F2), run below commands to install ppa-purge and purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

Above commands should remove Nvidia Driver 340.58 and revert your graphics driver to original.

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2 responses to Nvidia Driver 340.58 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. uuups, reinstalling and restarting has fixed it, thanks again

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the post, very useful. I had nouveau driver installed in ubuntu 14 and I have installed 340.58 using your instructions. Now the graphic program I’m using (paraview) works better but I have another issues I hadn’t before: I can’t watch video online in firefox and sometimes when I’m working the monitor blinks suddenly. Any idea about the problem?

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