How to install nVIDIA Display Driver 260.19.36 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick

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Graphics matters a lot in Ubuntu when you play games or when rendering your projects in Blender. For those who have a nVIDIA GPU here is the latest update of nVIDIA Display Driver (version 260.19.36). Here is a simple guide to install it in Ubuntu via ppa.

Here are the notable changes:

  • Updated the NVIDIA kernel module to ensure that all system memory allocated by it for use with GPUs or within user-space components of the NVIDIA driver stack is initialized to zero. A new NVIDIA kernel module option, InitializeSystemMemoryAllocations, allows administrators to revert to the previous behavior.
  • Fixed a bug that caused X servers version 1.9 and higher to crash when color index overlays were enabled.
  • Fixed a bug that caused pixel value 255 to be treated as transparent in color index overlays.

To install nVIDIA display driver 260.19.36  in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick, open a terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/nvidia
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-current-modaliases nvidia-settings

Do test this out and share your experience here.

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