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I'm using Linux Mint. I already know how to do it in Windows but I'd like to know how to upgrade. I'm going to be changing from a GT 610 to a GTX 950. Is there anything I need to change like drivers?

  • Are you using mint managed drivers for your current card, or have you manually installed the Nvidia drivers from Nvidia directly? – Gravy Oct 17 '15 at 14:04
  • Installed drivers from mint because I couldn't figure out how to do it from nvidia.com but it works non the less – nerd7473 Oct 17 '15 at 14:06
  • If you are using the mint drivers you should be able to change the card, I believe mint is smart enough to do the leg work for you – Gravy Oct 17 '15 at 16:53
  • So system shutdown, then switch cards, then turn on? Without changing drivers. – nerd7473 Oct 17 '15 at 16:55
  • Would dropping to the nouveau driver work before moving cards? – nerd7473 Oct 17 '15 at 17:23
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I'll finish this as an answer. Mint should be able to detect the change and fix any problems. So:

  1. Shutdown
  2. Replace card
  3. Boot

That being said, as a safety precaution, since things do go wrong sometimes, download the Nvidia drivers from their website. Before making the switch.

If something goes wrong you will boot into run level 3 (cmd line) just issue :

chmod +x <driver file name >

Then run it with :

. /NVIDIA-SOME-FILE-NAME

And follow the prompt. It will ask you at the end of you want it to configure your xorg configuration, yes to that and then reboot when finished

  • How do I do the whole nvidia thing? Adding the driver with chmod – nerd7473 Oct 17 '15 at 17:06
  • Just download it from Nvidia, and chmod +x whatever the file name is to make it executable, then to run it you just precede the file name with ./ (dot slash) it will run automatically from there minus a few menu options that you more or less just say yes to – Gravy Oct 17 '15 at 17:09
  • Ok downloading now – nerd7473 Oct 17 '15 at 17:10
  • I'll get back to you after I run it. – nerd7473 Oct 17 '15 at 17:11
  • Only run it after you replace the card, if mint doesn't auto detect the driver. – Gravy Oct 17 '15 at 17:12

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