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April 12, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty and Nvidia

Filed under: Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 12:48 pm

Nvidia is pretty easy to set up in Feisty.

In your menu choose System > Administration > restricted Drivers Manager. (sudo rights required)

Simply enable the nvidia-driver and let it install Nvidia and set Nvidia in use

Restart X and the Nvidia Driver is set up for you 🙂

Now maybe you would like to do more with Nvidia, like using a gui to set up tv-out or maybe try different resolutions.

This can be done with a simple keystroke in your terminal: ‘nvidia-settings’.

For some reason this tool is not set up in the menu of Ubuntu Feisty 😦

So here is how to set this tool up in your menu:

Rightclick you menu and select: Edit Menus (or open alacarte in your terminal)

Select: Applications > System Tools
Select: +New Item

A Launcher Properties box pops up:

Type: Application
Name: NVIDIA X Server Settings
Command: /usr/bin/nvidia-settings
Comment: Configure NVIDIA X Server Settings

The Icon I use (Gimp rocks!): nvidia.png
You can simply download it and move it to /usr/share/pixmaps if you wish,

sudo mv /path/to/nvidia.png /usr/share/pixmaps/

This way the button is found in the default folder of Launcher Properties. (After clicking the no icon button)

Now this wonderful tool is set up in your menu and ready for use.




  1. Good work, cheers 🙂

    Comment by ShavenLunatic — April 12, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

  2. Good tip. Thanks for that!

    Comment by Roy Schestowitz — April 13, 2007 @ 8:54 am

  3. this is great! thank you

    Comment by delmorep — April 15, 2007 @ 4:02 am

  4. That was an excellent tip, now I can easily access my nVidia settings. Thanks a lot 🙂

    Comment by Ravenus — April 21, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  5. I get as far as:
    “Simply enable the nvidia-driver and let it install Nvidia and set Nvidia in use”

    The ‘Restricted Drivers Manager’ shows me the ATI driver (not enabled), then pops up a warning if I try to enable it – but then doesn’t do anything. :o(

    I can’t believe I’m spending hours of my time trying to get a dual monitor set-up working with Feisty, which worked perfectly under Edgy.

    Comment by Mike O'Connor — April 27, 2007 @ 6:51 am

  6. Wow, thanks! Waaaaay too easy when someone tells you exactly what you need to do. Now just tell the ubuntu crew that enabling the driver should also add the nvidia settings menu item.

    Comment by Coolwave — May 4, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

  7. You are a legend, after nearly giving up on Ubuntus it was this easy to setup widescreen. Thank you heaps!

    Comment by Charles Barsoum — May 13, 2007 @ 4:14 am

  8. Install NVidia Drivers with Envy on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

    Pingback by Installing NVidia Drivers with Eny on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn « Tuxicity’s source — May 15, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  9. One of the easiest tutorials that I’ve seen for NVIDIA. My screen is sharp and beautiful now. Thanks so much :). I’m a Windows to Linux switch and quite a noob at Linux. LOL.

    Thanks again,


    Comment by JAmerican — June 27, 2007 @ 4:50 am

  10. I don’t have the option of “Administration” under System.

    Sorry, I’m a newb.

    Comment by Russell — September 23, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

  11. I do not have the option of “Administration” under System either. I am running KDE, does this make a difference?

    Comment by Jay — October 9, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  12. When i click on enable driver, dialog box just closes & nothing happens. Any help

    Comment by Ratnesh — May 3, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

  13. after enabling nvidia driver from hardware drivers gnome stopped.what to do.I tried to go back to previous configuration also but no change.

    Comment by hello — April 21, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

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