In this tutorial, we will see how to install Nvidia driver 304.64 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint from PPA and manually via .run files. This latest driver has added support for the following GPUs:

  •     VGX K1
  •     VGX K2
Here are what have been fixed in this driver:

Fixed a regression in backlight control functionality on some notebook configurations. 
Fixed a performance issue with recent Linux kernels when allocating and freeing system memory. 
Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the display device / X screen selection menu from being displayed in nvidia-settings. 
Fixed a bug that prevented X driver gamma manipulation from working after a VT-switch on some configurations.
Added the option "--output-file" to nvidia-bug-report.sh to allow specifying a custom filename for the log file.
Fixed a hang when using OpenGL programs with some SLI Mosaic configurations on pre-Fermi GPUs. 
Added sections to the "Supported NVIDIA GPU Products" list for NVS, Tesla, and VGX products.

PPA Installation

For Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint 13, you can install Nvidia driver 304.64 with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Manual Installation

To install the driver manually in Ubuntu 12.10, follow these instructions:

- Open the terminal and run these commands:

cd && wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47950494/upubuntu.com/nvidia-304-64 
chmod +x nvidia-304-64

- Press now CTRL+ALT+F2 to enable CLI mode and enter your login credentials. Next, run these commands to download and install the driver:

sudo service lightdm stop 
cd && sudo sh nvidia-304.64 
sudo reboot

You can also see this article if you want to install the driver via Recovery Mode.

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