How To Install The Nvidia 346.16 Beta Driver For Linux On The Most Popular Linux Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the NVIDIA 346.16 Beta GPU driver for Linux has been released recently, coming with support for the GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M GPUs. For a full list of changes, see the release notes.

 how to install the Nvidia 346.16 Beta drivers on the most popular Linux systems, including: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, LXLE, Linux Lite, Deepin, Peppermint, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia and OpenMandriva.

In this article I will show you how to install the Nvidia 346.16 Beta drivers on the most popular Linux systems, including: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, LXLE, Linux Lite, Deepin, Peppermint, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia and OpenMandriva.

Because the drivers are not available via any repository, we have to download the binary files from the official site:

For 32 bit systems:

$ wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/346.16/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-346.16.run

For 64 bit systems:

$ wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/346.16/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-346.16.run

Set execution permissions:

$ sudo chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-*-346.16.run

Kill the display manager, which can either be: kdm for KDE, gdm for Gnome, lightdm for LXDE and XFCE, mdm (for Linux Mint):

$ sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop
OR:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
OR:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop
OR:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/mdm stop

And finally, run the Nvidia binary file:

$ sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-*-346.16.run

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