Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Linux NVidia Legacy GeForce2

How to install latest or legacy NVidia binary drivers on Ubuntu Linux 10.04? How to choose Legacy drivers for GeForce2 (MX400)?

Perform following commands in sequence under root privileges (e.g. sudo su).

Stop X Window System and switch to the console:
/etc/init.d/kdm stop
/etc/init.d/gdm stop
/etc/init.d/xdm stop
killall X

Remove nouveau drivers:
apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau remove xserver-xorg-video-all

Remove all nvidia-* drivers, in my case:
apt-get remove nvidia-current nvidia-current-modaliases nvidia-common

Blacklist any unwanted graphics drivers:
vim /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Add lines:
blacklist vga16fb
blacklist nouveau
blacklist rivafb
blacklist nvidiafb
blacklist rivatv

Install development and conf environment:
apt-get install build-essential
apt-get install pkg-config
apt-get install nvidia-settings
apt-get install nvidia-173-modaliases

If you have latest card, install latest NVidia binary drivers:
apt-get install nvidia-current

If you have legacy card, find out NVidia legacy driver serie appropriate for your card and install legacy NVidia drivers:
apt-get install nvidia-96 nvidia-96-modaliases

Reboot system:

Choose driver from list (0 in my case):
update-alternatives --config gl_conf

Perform ldconfig:

Create xorg.conf for NVidia graphics card:
nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals -d 24
If you get problem using xrandr:
xrandr: Configure crtc 0 failed
you can change xorg.conf by running nvidia-settings

You will most probably have to reboot before using the driver.

Alternatively, you can install NVidia binary drivers by Vendor-provided install script: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-96.43.16-pkg1.run from Nvidia website

resources: Ubuntu Forums

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