The OpenSource “Nouveau” driver works well for most NVidia cards without problems “out of the box”. But sometimes you need the legacy drivers of NVidia to get additional 3D support etc. If you have a modern NVidia card, you can easily install the legacy drivers using the “Driver Manager” utility which is included in MakuluLinux Aero edition. But for older cards this doesn’t work.
For those older cards follow the steps below to install the driver:
First download the driver for your card from the NVidia site. After that open the “Home” icon on the desktop, navigate to “Downloads”, right click click the driver file you just downloaded, select “Properties” and the “Permissions” tab and activate the “Execute” Check-boxes.
After that fire up the “Synaptic Package Manager” enter “Initramfs-tools” in the quick filter box, right click on the entry and select “Mark for reinstallation”. Repeat this for live-tools. Then search for “build-essential” and select it for installation, and repeat that for “linux-headers-generic”. Click on the "Apply" button to download and install the software.
Then right click an empty space on the desktop and select “Open as root”, enter your password, and in the filemanager that opens up open up “filesystem”. Now navigate to “Etc”, “modprobe.d”, right click and select “Create new Document”, “Empty Document”. Name this document “blacklist-nouveau.conf”. Now double click that new document so it opens, and add the following entries to it:
options nouveau modeset=0
alias nouveau off
alias lbm-nouveau off
Save the file and close the filemanager.
Now open the terminal and enter the following (you will have to enter your password):
echo options nouveau modeset=0 | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-kms.conf
sudo update-initramfs -u
When finished reboot the PC and at the boot menu select:
Advanced Options for MakuluLinux
Fsck -> check all file-systems
And once that has run through:
Root -> your user password
Now enter the following command:
If there is a warning, just “OK” it. Accept the License Agreement. Continue installation anyway “Yes”. Register kernel with DKMS “Yes”. Install NVIDIA’s 32-bit OpenGL libraries “Yes”. Nvidia-xconfig utility “No”. After the driver installation has finished, use exit to go back to the menu, then select “resume”. When booted up, do another reboot.
Now your new driver should work, and if the kernel is upgraded through the update manager, it should also update the driver modules.