Install nVIDIA Display Driver 260.19.29 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick

Previous I had written a small guide to help Ubuntu users to install nVIDIA Display Driver 260.19.36. But one of our readers “Nuke” request to write a article on installing nVIDIA Driver 260.19.29. For what it’s worth, here is a simple guide for all ubuntu users to install the graphics driver.

1. Open the terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal)

2. Copy the following codes and paste it in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-current-modaliases nvidia-settings

After the installation go to System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers and activate the current Nvidia driver if you encounter any problem.

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12 Replies to “Install nVIDIA Display Driver 260.19.29 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick”

  1. Ok, but, i was using a root terminal. And now, my panels are missing. Right click and create panel, doesn’t work… What i supose to do?

  2. Umm, that repository you linked to has installed NVIDIA driver version 270.18. This is actually a downgrade from my previous version of 270.19.06. The latest certified version according to the NVIDIA website is 270.19.36. I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. Now I have to undo the damage.


      1. @Vincellin – Sorry for the curtness, I guess I was tired after wrestling with the flash plugin and the NVIDIA driver for the better part of the morning. The ferramroberto/nvidia ppa does indeed contain the 260.19.36 version of the NVIDIA driver and I was able to install it using that procedure after running “sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current” (for some reason it did not want to install over the previous version).

        Do you know if this installation method will automatically bake the new driver into the kernel should a new kernel be released? In other words is the procedure described here: at all useful?

        1. @RLL i’m not sure if it necessary and i dont have a nVIDIA graphics in my system to try. If i find anything i will let you know.

  3. There are millions of Ubuntu users with Nvidia cards. Why can’t Nvidia have such simple instructions? It seems like I wrestle with this for hours every time, and it seems like a completely different method every time. As a noob, I absolutely love Ubuntu, but it’s everyday things like this that turn most people off that don’t have the time to search threads and Google all day.

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