Install nVIDIA Display Driver release 270.41.19 in Ubuntu 11.04 / 11.10 [PPA]

The official – stable nVIDIA graphics driver release 270.41.19 can now be installed in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and daily builds of 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot via PPA. This driver release has been added into X Updates PPA for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty and Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric few days before.

There has been numerous bug fixes and stability enhancements for Linux environments. The major fixes are listed below :

  • Fixed a bug in the VDPAU presentation queue that could cause 1 second hangs when transitioning from blit-based display to overlay- based display. This would most commonly happen when disabling a compositing manager.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause crashes when capturing SDI video.
  • Fixed a corner-case in which the OpenGL driver could leak resources in applications utilizing fork().
  • Addressed a Linux kernel interface compatibility problem that could lead to ioremap() errors and, potentially, functional and/or stability problems.
  • Fixed a bug that caused SLI initialization to fail on some Intel based systems.
  • Fixed a bug that caused SLI initialization to fail when using recent Linux kernels, such as 2.6.38.

To install nVIDIA Display Driver release 270.41.19 in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty or 11.10 Oneiric, open Terminal and run :

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

After the installation restart the system to enable the driver.

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10 Responses to “Install nVIDIA Display Driver release 270.41.19 in Ubuntu 11.04 / 11.10 [PPA]”

  1. nhecro93 says:

    please correct the error. sudo apt-get “upate”

  2. Keith says:

    Okay, so WTF? I did this and it installed 173.14.30 instead of the 270.41.19! Plus this 11.04 totally sucks. It lags and is just slow. What the hell did they do to this distro?

  3. Michael says:

    ok so this was only made for .19? 275 drivers came out, it would be sweet if this was a ppa that is always updated with stable nvidia drivers, cause the nvidia installer doesn’t usually work, especially on 11.04 for some reason.

  4. Anne says:

    I had this problem when I upgraded today. Everything was slow unless you disabled effects and then everything was buggy and only slightly faster. I’m not using Unity. You can go to nvidia’s website and download and install the latest driver 275.09.07 which works great as far as I can tell. Apparently this driver is in ubuntu’s “edgy” repository. I’m not sure what that is. I went ahead and just installed it from nvidia’s site.

    • Isaac says:

      So it’s as simple as downloading the latest graphics driver from Nvidia, and click and install that’s all? No codes and stuff?

  5. Isaac says:

    So can i use this on Ubuntu 10.10? Someone please tell me if there is another way as i have already tried it thrice and each time messing up the X display, and re-installing it all over again. (S.O.S – noobie needs help!)

  6. kuson says:

    I have a Dell E6400 Latitude and had problems with Multiple Display when installing Ubuntu 11.10 despite it working on LiveCD.

    Here’s my solution —
    1) I downloaded and installed the latest NVIDIA drivers (either by downloading it directly [which I had to press CTRL-ALT-F1 to go to command line mode, ps -ef | grep X and killed the PID of X, and then ran the in bash] or by apt-get as suggested above — I tried both, so not sure whether one was better than the other). However, I still could not get it to work, as I think the xorg.conf was not properly changed to make use of the driver;

    2) HOWEVER, I was lucky to have a previous backup of xorg.conf (X Configuration that NVIDIA driver seems to modify during installation), and manually modified it so that the Dual Display works. After rebooting, the Multiple Display Works!

    BTW, here is my new xorg.conf file, [cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf]:

    # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
    # nvidia-xconfig: version 285.05.09 ( Fri Sep 23 17:55:57 PDT 2011

    Section “ServerLayout”
    Identifier “Layout0″
    #Screen 0 “Screen0″
    Screen 0 “Screen0″ 0 0
    InputDevice “Keyboard0″ “CoreKeyboard”
    InputDevice “Mouse0″ “CorePointer”

    Section “Files”

    Section “Module”
    Load “glx”

    Section “ServerFlags”
    Option “Xinerama” “0″

    Section “InputDevice”
    # generated from default
    Identifier “Mouse0″
    Driver “mouse”
    Option “Protocol” “auto”
    Option “Device” “/dev/psaux”
    Option “Emulate3Buttons” “no”
    Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5″

    Section “InputDevice”
    # generated from default
    Identifier “Keyboard0″
    Driver “kbd”

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “Configured Monitor”

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “Monitor0″
    VendorName “Unknown”
    ModelName “DELL E178WFP”
    HorizSync 30.0 – 83.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 – 77.0
    #Identifier “Monitor0″
    #VendorName “Unknown”
    #ModelName “Unknown”
    #HorizSync 28.0 – 33.0
    #VertRefresh 43.0 – 72.0
    #Option “DPMS”

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “Configured Video Device”
    Driver “nvidia”
    Option “NoLogo” “True”

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “Device0″
    Driver “nvidia”
    VendorName “NVIDIA Corporation”
    BoardName “Quadro NVS 160M”

    Section “Screen”
    Identifier “Screen0″
    Device “Device0″
    Monitor “Monitor0″
    DefaultDepth 24
    Option “TwinView” “1″
    Option “TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder” “DFP-0″
    Option “metamodes” “CRT: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0″
    SubSection “Display”
    Depth 24

    Best of luck guys,


  7. sadbear says:

    So what happens if you simply purge nvidia-* and then forget to reinstall the latest drivers while also having blacklisted nouveau? does that mean that you have problems?

  8. Bill says:

    The above install worked for my Ubuntu 11.04. According to Nvidia, their support for 11.10 is limited.

    After reboot, I got error of “unity not supported by this hardware,…”. This is after I installed the latest driver (295.20).

    When I try and view the X serv settings, (/usr/bin/nvidia-settings), I’d get a message saying the driver was installed but not in use. (No settings were displayed.) I also got a pop-up saying something like X server wasn’t running???

    The problem was Nvidia Optimus. The Linux driver still does not support Optimus. I’m lucky enough to be able to select “Discrete” graphics in my BIOS. (Many BIOS’s don’t support specific HW selection.) i.e. Turn OFF Optimus, set BIOS to specifically use the NVIDA chip.

    After a reboot, I have unity back, and the err’s & pop-up have goen away. /usr/bin/nvidia-settings is now showing a bunch of info. (Nvidia driver in use.)

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