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May 15, 2007

Installing NVidia Drivers with Envy on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Filed under: Debian, Kubuntu, NVidia, Tuxicity, Ubuntu, xubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:14 pm

Since I hadn’t tried Envy (an alternative installer for Ati and Nvidia video drivers) on Feisty yet its time to give it a go.

I have a cheap Nvidia Video Card (GeForce FX-5200) and have the driver installed the ‘official Ubuntu way’ as described here.

I decided not to remove the official Ubuntu package to see if Envy could resolve this.

I went to Alberto Milone’s download/howto/doc page and downloaded the stable Envy package with Firefox and let GDebi install it and resolve the dependencies.

GDebi installed Envy without issues, 7 dependencies were added.

Envy is seated in Applications > System Tools > Envy

Envy did its work, at the end it asked me to write a new Xorg.conf, I said ok, now its done and time to restart X Fingers crossed!
Hmm, that did not work.

I changed the driver in xorg.conf to nv and removed nvidia-glx (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx – -purge) to get back on X again

I am now running X on the nv driver and am going to install Envy again to see if it takes without nvidia-glx installed.

Again I run Envy, and Again I restart as Envy suggests at the end of the installation. Hopefully I will return with the driver installed and X working this time.
Success!! And the driver working! 🙂

So If you decide to use Envy and have nvidia-glx installed, make sure to remove it first. (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx – -purge)

Envy also works on Debian Etch.

To see if you have the driver working simply key in:

glxinfo | grep direct

The answer should be : direct rendering: Yes

Resources, information and screenshots.
Alberto Milone’s Blog.
Ubuntuforums.org and Envy.




  1. worked for me over the weekend, thanks a ton!

    Comment by lefty.crupps — August 13, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

  2. thxs alot man 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Amer — October 10, 2007 @ 9:05 am

  3. why take the use of envy if restricted driver manager works fine

    Comment by Kranny — February 3, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

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