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
  • 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

    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:

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.


  • Licaon_Kter

    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!

    Again, thanks.