How To Install The Nvidia 349.12 Beta Driver For Linux On The Most Popular Linux Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the NVIDIA 349.12 Beta GPU driver for Linux has been released recently, coming with support for both G-SYNC monitors and non-G-SYNC monitors, support for H.264/AVC video streams, fixed a kernel memory leak for VDPAU on Maxwell GPU and implements important bug-fixes.

In this article I will show you how to install the Nvidia 349.12 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-x86/349.12/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-349.12.run

For 64 bit systems:

$ wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/349.12/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-349.12.run

Set execution permissions:

$ sudo chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-*-349.12.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-*-349.12.run

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