How to Install Nvidia Driver 331.49 in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/12.04

Last updated: February 20, 2014

Nvidia 331.49 ubuntu

The latest Nvidia Driver for Linux 331.49 has been released on February 18. This tutorial will show you how to install the new driver in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.

Nvidia 331.49 is a small release which brings a few bug fixes and 2 GPUs support. See the changelog:

  • Added support for the following GPUs:
    • GeForce GT 710
    • GeForce 825M
  • Fixed a regression that prevented nvidia-installer from cleaning up directories created as part of the driver installation.
  • Added a new X configuration option “InbandStereoSignaling” to enable/disable DisplayPort in-band stereo signaling. See “Appendix B. X Config Options” in the README for more information.
  • Fixed a bug that caused PBO downloads of cube map faces to retrieve incorrect data.
  • Fixed a bug in nvidia-installer that resulted in spurious error messages when opting out of installing the NVIDIA kernel module or source files for the kernel module.
  • Added experimental support for ARGB GLX visuals when Xinerama and Composite are enabled at the same time on X.Org xserver 1.15.

Install Nvidia 331.49:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, uninstall the previous driver by running the below commands:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

sudo apt-get install nvidia-319-updates-dev

2. Restart your computer. Go to Software & Updates -> Additional drivers and switch to recommended Nouveau.

3. Download the driver from the official links below. You may check your OS type (32-bit or 64-bit) by System Settings -> Details

Nvidia 331.49 for 32 bit Linux

Nvidia 331.49 for 64 bit Linux

Nvidia 331.49 for 32 bit ARM Linux

4. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to command console and login.

5. Stop the graphic session with the appropriate command below:

sudo service lightdm stop     ## For the default LightDM

sudo service gdm stop     ## For the Gnome GDM

sudo service mdm stop     ## For the Linux Mint default MDM

6. Now give execute permission and start the installer, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-* && sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*

Tips: 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 ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-* --uninstall


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4 responses to How to Install Nvidia Driver 331.49 in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/12.04

  1. i am just install the nvidia-319-updates-dev and it worked for my geforce 620m

  2. Hey Ji !

    First of all I would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into this; but sadly it didn’t work out for me.(I followed it to the letter on ubuntu 13.10 x64 )

    – the lightdm service stopped my X-desktop; my screen blacked out and I just saw a orange blinking “_”. I switched to another terminal and tried to follow the rest of your instructions.
    -the GDM service didn’t exist so it couldn’t be stopped,the same thing with the MDM service.
    – The nvidia installer actually worked !!!(unlike centos 6.5/debian but sadly it crashes on logging in; I just see the desktop background image and login ( in say 800X600 ) and my second monitor in FullHD resolution (wuuut ???) . I enter my password and…nothing…(sigh). switching to another terminal ( you know ctrl alt f2 or whatever shows me some chrash-daemon message). Do you have any tips for me ?

    In any case; your tutorial got me further that a ton of other (clueless/misguided) instructions on the subject; job well done!

  3. Thanks, all I had to do was run nvidia-xconfig after.


  4. OK so what worked for me after doing all that was mentioned above and still didn’t work. When I kept getting a black screen and low res option. I decided to install gnome through the terminal. Then reboot and poof. ITS WORKING WITH NVIDIA SETTINGS AVAILABLE AND FUNCTIONAL.

    Asus x550L
    i5 4th gen
    4gb ram
    Nvidia geforce 720M