I’ve recently upgraded my old desktop. For this occasion I decided to go for an Nvidia video card (the GeForce GT220) since it is better supported than ATI cards; and while at it, I also decided to go for a clean install of Ubuntu 9.04 (64-bit, of course). Everything went smoothly. The install time took less than 15 minutes and I was really pleased to see how well the new machine performs.
However, I noticed that large windows lagged when I dragged them around, and the general visual experience on my 25.5″ monitor was far from good. As I suspected, there was no video acceleration enabled. Easy, all I have to do is just to install the Nvidia drivers, right? Wrong.
Searching for the correct drivers on the ‘Download’ section of the Nvidia website returned no results. This was weird, since I knew the card has been out for a while. They couldn’t even provide test/beta drivers. Maybe they didn’t update the search database for this model yet? I don’t know. What I do know is that I went and looked on their FTP server and found something! Apparently the drivers do exist!
Here is the link to the latest Linux drivers for the GeForce GT220 (64-bit): ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/190.42/
Next I downloaded all the packages and proceeded to install them. This is the order in which you should proceed for a painless and correct installation process:
- Make sure you have updated to the latest stable release of the Linux kernel.
- Download the driver packages from the link provided above.
- Terminate X server, by following these steps:
- press ALT+CTRL+F2(or 3, or 4…)
- login with your username/password
- stop the X server and GDM by typing this command: `
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop`.
- Install the drivers by going to the directory where you downloaded the files to and executing the 1st package: `
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-190.18-pkg0.run`. Just ‘accept’ the proposed configuration and click on ‘OK’. Hopefully you should not get any errors.
- Once the installation has successfully completed, it’s time to restart the X server / GDM: `
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start`.
- The welcome screen should be up and running now and you can login.
This is it! It’s that simple!
I decided to post this since there was no guide for the GeForce GT220 install under Linux. I believe you can safely use this method to install any GT200 series. Please let me know if this guide helped you at all.