How to quickly Install NVIDIA R302.11 Drivers Under Linux Mint 13



Linux mint 13, nvidia driver installation


I just installed the latest Linux Mint 13 MATE (64-bit). The recommended NVIDIA drivers for Mint 13 are from the R295 family (R295.59 as shown in the header image). Here is a quick (and dirty?) way to install the latest R302.11 drivers in order to enjoy your brand new GeForce GTX 680/670/690 (a GTX 680 in my case).

  • Step 1 – Download the R302.11 drivers. You can grab them from this thread: NVIDIA drivers 302.11 for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. I downloaded NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-302.11.run.

  • Step 2 – Stopping the display manager / X-server. Open a virtual console with [Ctrl+Alt+F1]. Under Mint 13, the display manager is called mdm (Mint Display Manager). Here is a radical way to stop it:
    sudo killall mdm
    
  • Step 3 – Installation of the drivers:
    sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-302.11.run
    

    Follow the messages, I said OK for all.

  • Step 4 – Reboot the system:
    sudo reboot
    
  • Step 5 – Check your drivers. Open a terminal and type:
    nvidia-settings
    

You should see this NVIDIA settings pannel:

Linux mint 13, nvidia settings, R302.11, GeForce GTX 680

Remark: if the X-server crashes (after an update of the X-server or an update of the Linux kernel), try to re-install the graphics drivers, that can help.








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