Nvidia has just announced the short lived branch driver 334.21 for Linux. This driver added support for the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, GeForce GTX 745, and GeForce GTX TITAN Black.
Besides that, Nvidia 334.21 brings quite a few bug fixes, the first in the list is for a regression in the NVIDIA kernel module which caused it to improperly dereference a userspace pointer. This potential security issue was initially reported on the grsecurity forums. Check out the changelog for a complete list of fixes and improvements.
Install Nvidia 334.21:
1. To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to remove the previous driver:
Nvidia Driver for Linux 331.38 has been released on January 13 with OpenGL promotion, bug fixes and other improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint.
Before getting started, let’s take a look at what’s new in Nvidia 331.38:
Fixed a bug that caused the X server to crash if video memory is exhausted and the GPU does not support rendering to system memory.
Updated nvidia-installer to make the –multiple-kernel-modules option imply the –no-unified-memory option: Unified memory is incompatible with multiple kernel modules.
Updated the behavior of the nvidia-settings PowerMizer Preferred Mode drop-down menu, to make the setting apply consistently across all GPUs in an SLI group.
Improved the robustness of the NVIDIA X driver in scenarios where GPU-accessible memory for allocating pixmaps was exhausted.
Added NV-CONTROL attributes to control the brightness of the illuminated logos on certain graphics boards.For example, to turn off the illumination of the “GEFORCE GTX” lettering on the GeForce GTX 780, use
nvidia-settings –assign GPULogoBrightness=0
Fixed a bug that prevented screen transformations from being applied properly when starting X.
GLX protocol for the following OpenGL extensions from OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL 3.0 have been promoted from unofficial to ARB approved official status:
GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object was the last piece of protocol needed to have official support for indirect rendering with all OpenGL 2.1 commands.
GLX Protocol for the miscellaneous OpenGL 3.0 commands not associated with specific extensions has also been promoted from unofficial to ARB approved status.
Deprecated display mask related configuration of display devices via NV-CONTROL and nvidia-settings.Display target specifications should be used instead – A display target is one of the display’s valid names, with an optional GPU or X screen qualifier.
Deprecated the following NV-CONTROL attributes:
Also, although NV_CTRL_PROBE_DISPLAYS is still operational, the return value has been deprecated and should not be used.
Added deprecation warning messages in nvidia-settings when deprecated attributes are used.This also includes display mask usage.
Download & Install Nvidia Driver 331.38
The official installer is available for downloading at this page.
If you’re not sure your system type, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run:
You can also run below command to download the Nvidia installer:
For 32 bit (x86):
cd && wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/331.38/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-331.38.run
For 64 bit (x86_64):
cd && wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/331.38/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.38.run
Now start the installer via below steps:
0. Remove previous proprietary driver if any:
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
1. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to command console. Login with your username and password.
2. Stop the graphic session by:
sudo service lightdm stop
You may change the lightdm to gdm or mdm if you’re using Ubuntu Gnome or Linux Mint.
3. Make the installer executable:
chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.38.run
4. Finally start the installer and follow the on screen prompts:
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.38.run
You may keep the installer file so that you can remove this driver via below command if for some reason this driver does not work properly:
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-*-331.38.run --uninstall
You may also add blacklist nouveau to a file in /etc/modprobe.d/ if you get blank screen after installed the new driver.
The latest Nvidia Legacy GPU driver 304.116 has improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels. Here’s how to intall it if you have an old graphics card that is no longer supported in the regular NVIDIA Unified Graphics Driver.
What’s New in Nvidia 304.116:
Updated nvidia-installer to consider the “libglamoregl.so” X loadable extension module to be in conflict with the NVIDIA OpenGL driver. This module can cause the NVIDIA libGL to be loaded into the same process (the X server) as the NVIDIA libglx.so extension module, which is not a supported use case.
Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.
Updated the NVIDIA OpenGL driver to write temporary files to $TMPDIR if it is set, instead of unconditionally writing to /tmp.
Updated a fallback of writing temporary files to $HOME/.nvidia to use $HOME/.nv instead, as the latter path is already used for other NVIDIA driver related files.
Install Nvidia 304.116:
Before getting started, remove previous installed Nvidia proprietary drivers in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):
sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
Then download the driver from official links below:
The latest Nvidia Driver for Linux 331.20 has been released today with lots of changes. Here are new features and how to install it in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint.
What’s New in Nvidia Linux 331.20:
This Long Lived Branch version 331.20 brings following changes:
Added support for NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture (NvFBCOpenGL). This library provides a high performance, low latency interface to capture and optionally encode the composited framebuffer of an X screen. NvFBC and NvIFR are private APIs that are only available to approved partners for use in remote graphics scenarios. Please contact NVIDIA at [email protected] for more information.
Fixed a bug that prevented configuration files containing application profiles from being loaded when directories were present in the application profile configuration search path.
Deferred initialization of libselinux in the NVIDIA OpenGL driver, in order to avoid a problem where libselinux might not be ready when the NVIDIA libGL shared library is first loaded.
Fixed a bug that could lead to memory exhaustion in OpenGL applications running on 32-bit systems.
Added nvidia-uvm.ko, the NVIDIA Unified Memory kernel module, to the NVIDIA Linux driver package. This kernel module provides support for the new Unified Memory feature in an upcoming CUDA release.
Fixed a bug that caused the X server to fail to initialize when DisplayPort 1.2 monitors were assigned to separate X screens on the same GPU.
Fixed a bug that could cause a deadlock when forking from OpenGL programs which use some malloc implementations, such as TCMalloc.
Fixed a bug that prevented Warp & Blend settings from being retained across display configuration changes.
Fixed a bug that prevented some settings changes made via the nvidia-settings command line interface from being reflected in the nvidia-settings graphical user interface.
Fixed a bug in MetaMode tracking that could cause spurious error messages to be printed when attempting to add or delete Metamodes via NV-CONTROL.
Fixed a bug that caused the NVIDIA X driver to attempt to load the X11 “shadow” module unconditionally, even in situations where the driver had no need to use the module. This could result in the printing of spurious error messages, on X servers where the module was not present.
Fixed a bug that prevented display configuration changes made with xvidtune(1) from working correctly.
Fixed a bug that occasionally caused display corruption in GLX applications while changing the display configuration.
Fixed a bug that prevented glReadPixels from working correctly when reading from Pixel Buffer Objects over indirect rendering, when the image width is not a multiple of 4.
Added a new NV-CONTROL attribute, NV_CTRL_BACKLIGHT_BRIGHTNESS, for controlling backlight brightness.
Fixed a bug that prevented nvidia-settings from creating display device configuration pages for newly connected DisplayPort 1.2 Multi Stream Transport downstream devices.
Added GPU utilization reporting to the nvidia-settings control panel.
Fixed a bug in the nvidia-settings control panel that prevented users from configuring stereo, when stereo was not already configured.
Added support for reporting the tachometer-measured fan speed on capable graphics boards via nvidia-settings and the NV-CONTROL API. The preexisting mechanism for reporting fan speed reports the speed of the fan as programmed by the driver.
For example, `nvidia-settings –query=[fan:0]/GPUCurrentFanSpeedRPM`.
Fixed a regression that caused GPUs that do not support graphics to not appear in nvidia-settings.
Fixed a bug that caused DisplayPort 1.2 multi-stream devices to stop working if they were unplugged and plugged back in while they were active in the current MetaMode.
Added support for multiple NVIDIA kernel modules. This feature allows users to assign different GPUs in the system to different NVIDIA kernel modules, potentially reducing the software overhead of coordinating access to multiple GPUs.
Added support for the EGL API on 32-bit platforms. Currently, the supported client APIs are OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0, and the only supported window system backend is X11.
Add a new option, AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration, which allows the X server to start even if no connected display devices are detected at startup. This option can be enabled by running “sudo nvidia-xconfig –allow-empty-initial-configuration”
This option is useful in RandR 1.4 display offload configurations where no display devices are connected to the NVIDIA GPU when the X server is started, but might be connected later.
Updated nvidia-installer to provide a scrollable text area for displaying messages from the /usr/lib/nvidia/alternate-install-present and /usr/lib/nvidia/alternate-install-available distro hook files. This allows for longer messages to be provided in these files.
Updated nvidia-installer to avoid recursing into the per-kernel “build” and “source” directories when searching for conflicting kernel modules in /lib/modules.
Added a system memory cache to improve the performance of certain X rendering operations that use software rendering fallbacks. The X configuration option “SoftwareRenderCacheSize” may be used to configure the size of the cache.
Removed the “DynamicTwinView” X configuration option: dynamic reconfiguration of displays is always possible, and can no longer be disabled.
Fixed a bug that caused nvidia-settings to display incorrect information in its display configuration page when all displays on an X screen were turned off.
Updated nvidia-installer to only install the libraries libvdpau and libvdpau_trace if an existing installation of libvdpau is not detected on the system. This behavior can be overridden with the –install-vdpau-wrapper and –no-install-vdpau-wrapper options.
Future NVIDIA Linux installer packages will no longer include copies of libvdpau or libvdpau_trace: VDPAU users are recommended to install these libraries via other means, e.g. from packages provided by their distributors, or by building them from the sources available at: http://people.freedesktop.org/~aplattner/vdpau/
Download & Install Nvidia 331.20:
First download the drivers from the official links below: