Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Nvidia has released the NVIDIA 304.121 Legacy display drivers, coming with support for new kernels and support for older video cards. For information about this release, see the changelog.
In this article I will show you how to install the NVIDIA 304.121 graphics drivers on the most popular Linux systems, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia and OpenMandriva.
Because the drivers are available as precompiled binaries, all we have to do is downlod the drivers, set execution permissions, kill the GUI and run the drivers.
Download the driver, for 32 bit systems:
$ wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/304.121/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-304.121.run
Download the driver, for 64 bit systems:
$ wget us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/304.121/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.121.run
Set execution permissions:
$ sudo chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86*-304.121.run
Kill the display manager, which can either be: kdm for KDE, gdm for Gnome, lightdm for LXDE and XFCE (i think), mdm (for Linux Mint):
$ sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/mdm stop
And finally, install the driver:
$ sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86*-304.121.run