The most frustrating thing with Linux is getting the video to work properly. This week I upgraded all the packages on my system and now X refuses to start. This happens all the time and you need to manually fix it each time. It’s never easy or straight forward.
The Nvidia driver installer available from the their website does not seem to work with *ubuntu systems. This is because they require Linux to be at running level 3 to install, but it seems that *ubuntu don’t have run level 3 like traditional systems.
After many hours of searching I came across a tool called Envyng. Envyng will prompt you for a few questions and then install and download the selected driver. Better still, you can run Envyng from within X.
For *buntu based systems, install Envyng with the following command:
sudo apt-get install envyng-core envyng-qt
Then to install the Nvidia or ATI driver, run the following command:
You will be presented with a list of options to install or remove drivers for either chipset and then which version of the driver you would like to install. If you install an incorrect driver and X doesn’t start a descriptive error in the Xorg log file will indicate which driver you should install.
It is very painless.
For more information, refer to the blog post at Reformed Musings.