Install Proprietary Video Driver in Linux Mint or Ubuntu

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In this video I walk you through the step by step process to install the proprietary video driver in your Linux Mint or Ubuntu system.

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what is going on Internet my name is Lou and I make Linux videos tonight I'm going to show you how to install the proprietary video driver in your Linux Mint 16 system now installing the proprietary video driver is probably one of the most common issues and problems that new Linux users have when they're setting up their systems and you know although we've got great open source alternatives that are actually included in the kernel by default these particular drivers are generally especially in the Nvidia cases and that's what I'm using is an Nvidia card it's reverse engineered so although these developers are doing a wonderful job providing us an open-source driver for things like gaming and even video editing that are going to take advantage of your GPUs capabilities that particular driver may not always be the best solution so the easiest way I found to get the this driver installed in a bun 2 or Linux Mint system is using the xorg edgers PPA so I'm gonna bring you guys over to a website and I'll include the link for this particular webpage in the video description below this is a PPA that actually will give you the latest and greatest Nvidia drivers as well as AMD drivers and xorg updates ok so in Linux Mint 16 the latest Nvidia driver is not in the default repositories neither is the latest update to xorg so how we get this accomplished as adding this PPA to our system doing that's very easy we just copy this particular line right here open up a terminal and then what we're going to do is we're going to type out sudo at add repository and then we're going to paste in that line supply your password it's going to ask us to hit enter to continue we're going to select yes now we're going to prod we're going to actually do two commands here one we're going to update our sources list and then we're going to check for any upgrades for our particular packages we're going to do that by a sudo apt-get update and then a sudo apt-get dist upgrade now I've actually already run this on my system because I have my proprietary video driver installed so everything should in theory be up to date which it is so once you've done that and it's important to do that because certain Nvidia drivers are going to require in up-to-date xorg file so if I actually bring you guys over to the Nvidia website we can see what the most up-to-date driver for my particular card is so I have a geforce card it's a 500 series and I'm on a Linux 64-bit system so if I hit search we see that 3-3 1.38 is the most up-to-date driver so now that I've added that PPA to our system I can come back over here and we can do an aptitude search Nvidia now when we do that we can see that see Nvidia 331 is has now been supplied so we can actually install it all right now there's all sorts of stuff in here there's even some packages for bumblebee support so those of you that need bumblebee that's in here as well so the way that we're going to get this installed is very very simple we're going to do a sudo apt-get install NVIDIA dash then the version of the driver in this case 331 and I also do Nvidia – settings just hit enter and in your case it's going to start to download these packages I already have them installed so there's nothing to do there once it downloads the package packages it's going to use DKMS to build the module for your particular kernel and then when you reboot your system you should be up and running in your new video driver so essentially what's going to happen then is when you come over here to your menu and type in Nvidia you should have the Nvidia settings application now and as you can see the three three 1.38 driver is installed and you should be able to tweak it and do all the different settings that you want to do from that point forward it's also going to give you all sorts of options to save an X configuration file and so on and so forth for those of you that are familiar with the Nvidia proprietary driver I've downloaded the driver directly from Nvidia I've tried installing it before using doing it the manual way and I found that the xorg edgers PPA offers a much more reliable option and it also keeps my xorg files up to date as well all at the same time so any time there's a new Nvidia driver that's been released I can find out through a simple update of my system and I can run it if I want to try the latest and greatest Nvidia driver so that is how to install a proprietary video driver in Linux Mint 16 now if you're an AMD user you can do the exact same process just find your applicable AMT driver using the xorg edgers PPA you can search for using aptitude the same way I did for the Nvidia driver so hopefully this cures the common and proprietary video driver problems that can occur for new Linux users especially when setting up a new system on the end of the proprietary drivers can cause a lot of different hassles when it comes to getting your system set up and configured the way that you like it and I know at times they can be a pain hopefully this makes it easier for you if you like this video please sure to give it a thumbs-up consider subscribing to the channel if you like content especially tutorials and how to's and until next time guys thank you for watching and we'll catch you later

Install Proprietary Video Driver in Linux Mint or Ubuntu

27 thoughts on “Install Proprietary Video Driver in Linux Mint or Ubuntu”

  1. I want to try older nvidia drivers because the new ones cause high loads and temps during undemanding tasks like web browsing, but the DKMS doesn't want to be build. What can I do to fix this?

  2. it made a mess of my computer lost graphics on desktop running in recovery and system crash like wtf man i remove all nvidia drivers and my system came back to normal sudo apt-get remove nvidia

  3. I did do this task and while it did indicate a few new updates, I have zero new drivers. And after mentioning amd, it doesn't later come back to amd, so I guess this video wasn't meant for those of us who are running amd graphics after all.

  4. I've spent a day on this (by reading linux mint forums) and am thankful I have found your video. Finally cinnamon doesn't crash anymore. I also installed "bumblebee-nvidia" with "nvidia-settings" and the actual driver as my card is an Optimus one (didn't even know until an hour ago)

  5. I installed my used Geforce 750ti graphics card in my motherboard, and Ubuntu studio recognized it immediately, it's displaying through the HDMI port without me downloading any drivers. Unfortunately, the graphics card fans run really high for a second or two randomly. My basic motherboard doesn't give me much control, so what software will give me control of the video card?

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