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twodogs

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[SOLVED] NVIDIA proprietary driver
« on: January 07, 2011, 09:22:05 pm »
While digging around in the Kubuntu desktop, I looked at  "System/Hardware Drivers" and noticed that the NVIDIA proprietary driver was not in use. I have often read that this driver was better, enabling more desirable features than the standard Linux driver. There was a tempting "activate" button that I almost hit, but decided to check the forum and wiki beforehand. I didn't see much on the forums, but I found a section on display drivers in the tutorials.

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers

This outlines a more complicated way of manually loading the driver. Should I use this procedure from the tutorial or is it outdated? Should I press the activate button on the Kubuntu desktop or will that break the system? Should I be messing with the proprietary driver at all?

As my signature shows, I have an ASUS P5N7A-VM with onboard GeForce 9300 chipset. Thanks in advance.

John
« Last Edit: January 08, 2011, 03:53:50 pm by twodogs »
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Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 10:03:22 pm »
When the system first installs the LinuxMCE parts, if it detects an NVIDIA card, it will attempt to install the NVIDIA binary drivers automatically.

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Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 10:08:10 pm »
Thanks for the reply, Thom. Does that mean that MCE is using the proprietary driver, even though the Kubuntu hardware driver menu shows that it is not installed?
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ASUS P5N7A-VM
integrated GeForce 9300
E5200 processor
Fusion 5 lite HDTV card
2G RAM
SYBA SY-PCI15001 6-port serial card
Denon AVR 3805
LG 42" Plasma
Gyration GYR3101
Cisco SPA3102 analog telephone adapter
Cisco 7971G IP phone/orbiter

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Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 10:09:15 pm »
well, if you ran through the AVWizard, it should have installed the driver. You can see by looking at the contents of the /etc/X11/xorg.conf ... to see if the "nvidia" driver is used, instead of "nv"

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Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 10:13:48 pm »
Great. I did run the wizard and xorg.conf shows "nvidia" as it should.

John
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ASUS P5N7A-VM
integrated GeForce 9300
E5200 processor
Fusion 5 lite HDTV card
2G RAM
SYBA SY-PCI15001 6-port serial card
Denon AVR 3805
LG 42" Plasma
Gyration GYR3101
Cisco SPA3102 analog telephone adapter
Cisco 7971G IP phone/orbiter

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Re: NVIDIA proprietary driver
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 01:03:21 pm »
cat /proc/driver/nvidia/version shows you the version of the driver used.