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:
- Step 5 – Check your drivers. Open a terminal and type:
You should see this NVIDIA settings pannel:
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.
2 thoughts on “How to quickly Install NVIDIA R302.11 Drivers Under Linux Mint 13”
Manually installing via .RUN file does not hook the driver in the DKMS autorebuilder so basically you need a new nvidia.ko module if you upgrade your kernel. Upgrading X usually messes up the GL libs links so a reinstall is again recommended. An easy way to test if you need to reinstall is to look at the OpenGL Info like in the picture, usually if the driver has a problem the nvidia-settings program crashes there. 😉
Many thanks for the help – repeatedly trying:
sudo service mdm stop
and then starting the installer, gave me the “X erver is running” message. (Einstein’s definition of stupidity: Repeatedly performing the same sequence of actions expecting a different outcome.)
The “killall” did it!
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