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Installing nVidia drivers (blacklisting nouveau)

Make sure necessary packages are installed:

# sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

Download the latest nVidia drivers (.run package) from nVidia

Change to a console by hitting CTRL-Alt-F1
Log in with your username and password

Kill the X-server:

# sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop

Install the nVidia drivers, use -k option to specify the kernel name:

# sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-*-pkg1.run -k $(uname -r)

Blacklist the nouveau open source driver:

# sudo echo -e "n# OSS nVidia drivernblacklist nouveau" >>/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Reboot the system:

# sudo reboot
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Updating KDE4

I’ve been waiting for a KDE4 update to hopefully get some small knicks and knacks corrected. I found out that an update was available in the backports repository. I enabled backports by uncommenting these two lines in /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-backports main restricted universe multiverse

I updated the the package index:

# apt-get update

Since KDE4 is a fundamental part of Kubuntu, I decided a dist-upgrade would be the best way to update:

# apt-get update dist-upgrade

200MB of new packages where downloaded and installed. Among other new packages, a new kernel was installed. The update went smoothly so I decided to reboot:

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