How To Install NVIDIA 355.11 On Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivatives

As you may know, NVIDIA is the most popular GPU manufacturer.

The NVIDIA 355.11 GPU driver has been released for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris, coming with the below changes:

  • Added support for the following GPUs: GeForce GTX 950, Quadro M4000, Quadro M5000
  • Fixed a bug that caused VDPAU to only display the top half of a video frame when decoding and displaying H.265/HEVC encoded video streams.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the X server to crash if an OpenGL application tried to allocate a drawable when GPU-accessible memory is exhausted.

Installation instructions:

Up to date nvidia packages are available via some third party PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu and derivative systems is easy. Just add the PPA your system, update the local repository index and install the required nvidia package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-355 nvidia-settings

Optional, to remove the Nvidia drivers, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove nvidia-355 nvidia-settings

The installation instructions should work on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint 6, Peppermint 5, LXLE 14.04 and Linux Lite 2.

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