Install Latest Nvidia 304.51 driver on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

By Umair Sunday, October 07, 2012

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Nvidia has recently released driver 304.51 for Uninx-based systems which fixes a critical vulnerability that allows local users to have root access on your system. In this page, we will help you install Nvidia driver 304.51 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint via PPA.
Another stable version of the Nvidia driver for Linux has been made available recently fixing many bugs and adding support for more GPUs which are as follows:
  • GeForce GTX 660
  • GeForce GTX 650
  • GeForce GT 645M
  • GeForce GTX 670MX
  • GeForce GTX 675MX
Fixes in this Release:
  • Fixed an X server crash on X.Org xserver 1.13 when it is compiled without support for DRI2.
  • Fixed a regression that broke color controls on older X servers.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the display layout area of the nvidia-settings control panel to be laid out incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented panning from working correctly after a modeswitch on some X servers with support for cursor constraining.
  • Gamma ramp and colormap adjustments now apply correctly when screen transformations such as rotation and keystone correction are in use.
  • Fixed RandR per-CRTC gamma persistence across modeswitches and VT-switches.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the X server to sometimes hang in response to input events.
  • Fixed a reduction in rendering performance for core X11 rendering on certain GPUs that occurred in the 290.series of releases.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented PowerMizer from working correctly on some boards with GDDR5 memory, such as some GeForce GT 240 SKUs.
  • Fixed a bug that caused OpenGL applications to not animate properly when a rotation or a transformation was applied on some older X server versions.
  • Enabled FXAA with Unified Back Buffers.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the "Reset Hardware Defaults" button in the Display Settings page of nvidia-settings from being activated.

Installation of Latest Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu/Mint, open terminal and enter commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

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