How to install NVIDIA driver

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Postby veltman » 05 Dec 2012, 22:59

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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.
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Postby zspider » 05 Dec 2012, 23:32

To install it, you would:

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

[file]tar -xf NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64.tar[/file] - Extracts the archive.

[file]cd NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64[/file], there will be a makefile, so type [file]make config[/file], choose your options, then [file]make install clean[/file]. - This compiles the software.
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Postby throAU » 06 Dec 2012, 01:27

veltman wrote:Please tell me how to install the nvidia video driver that I downloaded to my desktop. Its NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-304.64.tar.gz. I extracted it to the desktop on my FreeBSD-9.0-amd64 system.


Have you un-tarred it and read through the README file?
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Postby ericturgeon » 06 Dec 2012, 01:50

Why You don't use the port nvidia-driver?
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Postby SirDice » 06 Dec 2012, 08:13

[cmd=#]cd /usr/ports/x11/nvidia-driver && make install clean[/cmd]
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NVIDIA driver

Postby veltman » 11 Dec 2012, 09:25

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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Postby SirDice » 11 Dec 2012, 09:34

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Postby sk8harddiefast » 11 Dec 2012, 11:27

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

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