What's the difference between the nvidia-current, and nvidia-current-updates packages?


I'm not sure why the versions are different but the change seems quite small nvidia-current changelog.

The nvidia-current package contains the nvidia driver version that was packaged for 11.10 before the Feature Freeze. Which was driver version 280.13.

nvidia-current-updates is meant to contain the post release/feature freeze nvidia driver releases, which should contain 285 now. Not sure when it will be updated. This is for people who want their driver to be automatically updated as the newer driver versions are packaged.

So in short nvidia-current for a more stable drive that has received more testing and nvidia-current-updates for newer versions of the nvidia proprietary driver that will have received less testing. edit: The nvidia-current package base driver version will also never change

The Additional drivers application provides slightly more detailed descriptions of the...

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I've looked on the internet, even asked on Ubuntu forums, no one knows.

I thought "nvidia-updates" will auto-update to new driver, but normal "nvidia" driver did that too, so...

I have installed "nvidia-331" driver, the tested, recommended one. Then like 2 days ago, updater came with update, it wanted to update the driver to UNTESTED version 340.76 for some reason, which is a legacy driver (according to NVIDIA site). So I have purged the driver and installed the new tested one manually (346.87 or something like that)

It has GT520M GPU. And why would the Ubuntu updater wanted to update non-legacy TESTED driver to legacy NON-TESTED driver...?

Makes the whole NVIDIA update process kinda useless. I guess it's better to just completely uninstall the old one, and manually install the new...

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How can I get nVidia CUDA or OpenCL working on a laptop with nVidia discrete card/Intel Integrated Graphics?

Background: I'm a 3D artist (as a hobby) and have recently started using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as a dual-boot with Windows 7. It's running on my a fairly new 64-bit Toshiba laptop with an nVidia GeForce GT 540M GPU (graphics card). It also, however has Intel Integrated Graphics (which I suspect Ubuntu's been using).

So, when I render my 3D scenes to images on Windows, I am able to choose between using my CPU or my nVidia GPU (faster). From the 3D application, I can set the GPU to use either CUDA or OpenCL. In Ubuntu, there's no GPU option.

After doing (too much?) research on the issues with Linux and the nVidia Optimus technology, I am slightly more enlightened, but a lot more confused.

I don't care one bit about the Optimus technology, as battery life is not by any means an issue for me.

Here's my question: What can I do to be able to use...

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nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates (295.33-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

* New upstream release:
- Added support for the following GPUs:
o GeForce GTX 680
o GeForce GT 630M
o GeForce GT 620
- Fixed a VDPAU bug where decoding some H.264 streams
would cause hardware errors on lower-end products,
resulting in corruption and poor performance.
- Fixed a bug that caused DisplayPort audio to stop
working after monitors are hotplugged on GeForce GT
- Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.
- Fixed a behavior change that prevented
ConnectedMonitor from being usable with DisplayPort
- Marked the GVO Clone mode NV-CONTROL attributes:
as deprecated. They will be removed in a future
release. To display an X...

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Adaptive profile sets GPU clocks based on load, which means in basic games your card might run at very low clocks.

Optimal performance profile will keep you GPU at base clocks, even if game doesn't need so much of power.

Prefer maximum performance profile will try to use maximum boost clocks, based on load.

For example, difference is very noticeable in Arma 2/3 multiplayer where games performance is very limited by the server. Setting "prefer maximum performance" gives you much smoother experience, while i couldn't see any difference in single player mode. For most games i use adaptive profile, since GPU clocks are set based on GPU usage and it saves power whenever it's possible.

PS, i literally just woke up, sorry if I'm not being clear.

Thanks, that seems sensible. Seeing as I am not too concerned about GPU power usage I can conclude from this that "prefer maximum performance" is the most certain way to get proper/max performance. However in...

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GeForce NOW turns your Mac, or low-performance PC, into a powerful gaming rig. Simply download and install the GeForce NOW app to connect to our gaming machines over the internet. Now you can play the latest PC games with high performance on any Mac or PC.

With GeForce NOW, you can play the games that you already own by logging into Steam™, Uplay or Blizzard® Battle.net. You can install any of the games from our list of supported games that you already own, or purchase, onto your GeForce NOW PC in the cloud, and they will be saved for instant play when you return.

No. All driver and games updates are automatically updated by NVIDIA to keep your gaming rig up to date.

You can play each game for up to four hours at a time. After four hours, you can start a new session. This is to ensure...

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Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

NVIDIA is a graphics card company. They make add on cards of very high quality. Integrated graphics cards are built onto the motherboard and can be made by a variety of companies including NVIDIA.

In addition to the above answer, I would like to tell you that the NVIDIA graphics cards are used mainly for streaming, video, gaming, graphics, design, and other high end graphics resolution, and speed requirements. Mostly when you require a good workstation (not the entry level), the Hardware company say IBM or Dell or HP use these high end cards and come bundled/installed in your workstation. Even some Dell laptops come bundled with NVIDIA, these laptops are actually workstations or high end as compared to entry level or normal usage laptops. The capacity of the card will exactly depend on how best is the performance you require and what is...

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Found this post via google. Having same issue. After looking around awhile it sounds like it's a so-so common problem with nvidia install packages over the past several years. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it junk.

I'm sure nobody from nVidia is listening, but what the hell...

Quit. Your. Shit. - Ya feel me? I remember back in the day when driver files were nothing more than 25k *.inf files. The only reason these driver updates are so big are because of the bundled software. nVidia isn't the only culprit though, everyone is doing it. AMD, HP, you're all a bunch of dicks.

There is literally nobody on this planet that wants your shitty software. Nobody. I buy your product so that the hardware runs fast enough to execute the operations i throw at it. I don't give two flying fucks about 'sweet deals' and 'monitor tweaking'... nobody gives a fuck. There is nobody that uses that shit, and if they do it's solely because they're fucking bored at the moment and their...

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Why are you convinced the issue is related to the power setting? If you are convinced, why not try each setting and see what it does? Try it out for yourself.

What was the CPU usage during this time period? What background programs/services do you have running? Are you sharing Windows 10 updates with other computers in your network? Is Windows 10 Store running and updating? So many possibilities....

Also, why haven't you activated Windows yet? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Windows 10 is the cause of the short drop in FPS because it is checking activation status periodically. I could be wrong, but I don't have any non-activated Windows 10 installations so I can't prove it. Prove me wrong by activating Windows. You own a legit copy of Windows 10, right?

The bottom line is that there are simply too many possible reasons for your FPS drops. Nobody here can give you an answer for that reason. We don't know all of the history of your computer. We can guess...

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[quote]I was just watching "the screen savers" yesterday and they talked about this exact thing...and the reviewer guy said that the geforce2 and the geforce4mx used the same core...I thought it was silly....but believable(worse marketing tricks have occured)

do you have any sources to clear this matter up once and for all?

Yeah, I'm sure. The NV17 offers a few features over the GeForce 2 core (well, a few small ones, none really deserving to be called GeForce 4...more like GF3 MX ), so it basically is a "pumped up" GF2 core. However, they are still not the same.


http://users.erols.com/chare/video.htm" target="_blank">One

http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1583&p=6" target="_blank">Two

Or just do a search about it on Ars Technica or something. I like the first link a lot...my database for video card specs.

[ 07-28-2002: Message edited by: radar1503...

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Desktop: X99-PC

CPU: i7 5820k

Mobo: X99 Deluxe

Cooler: Dark Rock Pro 3

GPU: GTX 1080

Storage: 1TB 850 Evo, 1TB HDD, bunch of external hard drives
PSU: EVGA G2 750w

Peripherals: Logitech G502, Ducky One 711

Audio: Xonar U7, O2 amplifier, HD6XX

Monitors: 4k 24" Dell monitor, 1080p 24" Asus monitor


-Overkill Dell XPS

Fully maxed out early 2017 Dell XPS 15, GTX 1050 4GB, 7700HQ, 1TB nvme SSD, 32GB RAM, 4k display. 97Whr battery
Dell was having a $600 off sale for the fully specced out model, so I decided to get it


Fully maxed out early 2013 Macbook "pro" with gt 650m (nobody needs more than a 650m) and constant 105c temperature on the CPU (GPU is 80-90C) when doing anything intensive...

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I was wondering if it would be too much of a hassle for devs to include all three types of drivers for nvidia on install medium. After several years of poking around with PCBSD and now TrueOS, I find it quite unpleasant, to have to install 340 version manually to make my olderish 9800 GT card to work. This problem alone, made my path of understanding how system works, great opportunity to learn many new things. But some dad, trying to re-purpose older machine for his son to try out opensource games might not be that “lucky” (does not have time or motivation). He might go trough the install process, but upon reboot the feel of sluggish response and video teardown will not make them stay on this distro.

Other possible scenario to consider why including all drivers on install medium is a good thing is for situations where you don’t have internet access during install, but you need system in workable condition.

I know downside is that so many people will increase download...

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Though these days, once I know about an update, I download the Nvidia graphics drivers from the official website of my graphics card, evga.com
Instead of through the Geforce Experience program or nvidia.com
Yes they are technically the same drivers. I miss the days when the grahics drivers were modified by the manufacturer "EVGA" for example, to work directly for that graphics card they made using the Nvidia chipsets.. this boosted performance, graphics depth, and colors for that individual graphics card. Now they are universal drivers, which means they work for almost all the graphics cards.. but with less compatibility/stability, though Nvidia tries hard to do so.
Although.. EVGA does hold back on a graphics driver release, if they feel it isn't stable/compatible, such as the 365.19 graphics driver version.
And so not only did the Geforce Experience program have an update, but EVGA had the 368.22 graphics drivers as well. This allows me to know...
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NVIDIA is a company that manufactures graphics cards –which can be found in computer games to increase the quality of the appearance of the graphics that appear on a computer screen. The company’s latest version of their graphics cards, the GeForce 8 Series, is its first unified shaded architecture –meaning, a set of computational units that have been, essentially, unified in order to run a complex shadier.

The 8800 GT supports PCI-Express 2.0, the latest version of the computer expansion card. This card also has the distinction of being the first graphics card to offer a 65 nm process. The basic processing power of the GT contains 128 stream processors as well as contains a 256 bit memory interface and 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. The top heavy nature of the memory sacrifices the GT’s performance at higher resolutions –as well as graphic settings that tend to be high.

The 8800 GTX comes standard with a 768 MB GDDR3 RAM. The GPU core of the GTX is...

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We typically do not suggest running the .run files from nVidia.
You have to rerun the dkms on every kernel update.
Where versions of nVidia installed from repository just work.
And if you have a very new nVidia card, and need a driver newer than in default repository, there is a ppa with all the new versions pre-configured.

#What is installed
dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia
dkms status
lsmod | grep nvidia

# Shows standard repository versions, which is the same as System Settings, Software & Updates icon, Additional drivers tab
ubuntu-drivers devices

Instructions are newest driver for newest cards, must load legacy driver if old nVidia card.
Details on why and future incorporation to Ubuntu installer
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa


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Nvidia (sometimes written nVidia or n-Vidia) is a microchip manufacturer that specializes in graphics and mobile (ARM architecture) processors and recently in SOC (System On a Chip) and Super Computer microchips.


Q: How do I install the Nvidia drivers?

Tags: nvidia (Next Q), drivers (Next Q)

I just ordered the Nvidia GTX 560 card, which should arrive tomorrow. I have a dilemma, though. Should I keep using the driver which is available in "additional drivers" in Ubuntu (10.10), or should I install the driver from the nvidia site?

NOTE - The methods to install explained here apply to all Nvidia, Ati & Intel video cards

The latest driver available at the nvidia site:

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280.13 Certified

Release Date:


Operating System:


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