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How to install NVIDIA driver

Discussion in 'Installation and Maintenance of Ports or Packages' started by veltman, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. veltman

    veltman New Member

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    I downloaded NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64.tar.gz to my desktop, then extracted it to the desktop, but I can't find out how to install it. Please help.

    Please tell me how to install NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64.tar.gz which I downloaded to my desktop, then extracted to my desktop. My system needs a video driver because I'm only getting 800x600 resolution. I installed FreeBSD-9.0-amd64-dvd1.iso, and nothing since has been easy for me. I finally received good advice on how to get gnome to start automatically on bootup.
     
  2. zspider

    zspider Member

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    To install it, you would:

    gunzip NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64.tar.gz - Decompresses the file.

    tar -xf NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64.tar - Extracts the archive.

    cd NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64, there will be a makefile, so type make config, choose your options, then make install clean. - This compiles the software.
     
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    throAU New Member

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    Have you un-tarred it and read through the README file?
     
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    Why You don't use the port nvidia-driver?
     
  5. SirDice

    SirDice Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    # cd /usr/ports/x11/nvidia-driver && make install clean
     
  6. veltman

    veltman New Member

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    NVIDIA driver

    After starting my PC to try the suggested commands to install the NVIDIA driver that I downloaded to my desktop, I discovered that the resolution was 1600x1200 instead of 800x600 even though I did nothing that I am aware of to install the NVIDIA driver. Can anybody explain that mystery? Now I would like to install Java, Flash Player, and ActiveX. I doubt that the handbook will help since it failed to help me install the NVIDIA driver.
     
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    ActiveX is a quintessential Windows technology. It only works on Internet Explorer and nothing else.
     
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  9. sk8harddiefast

    sk8harddiefast Active Member

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    To install Νvidia-driver as @SirDice said use ports.
    Code:
    cd /usr/ports/x11/nvidia-driver
    make config
    make install clean

    Now go to /boot/loader.conf (If don't exist create it)
    Add this line:
    nvidia_load="YES"