Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nvidia 343.x Graphic's Driver Available : An Easy Installation Procedure For *Buntu* 14.04 based Distributions

By JayR

    I was just noticing this morning that Nvidia has released the 343.x series driver for Linux recently. The installation procedure is a bit convoluted as usual, but no where near as difficult as it used to be in the past. The first thing you will want to do is take a visit to the official Nvidia site and do a driver search in order to determine which one will actually support your hardware. Driver 340.x will be the last to support 500 and below series cards and or chip-sets.

    If you are unsure of your current model try this command from a terminal prompt
$ lspci -vnn | grep -i VGA -A 12
This should provide you with some basic information " Nvidia Corporation [GeForce]
Where is a G series,GT or GTX, as far as I know 340.x will be the last to support the 500 based cards and below from here on out. I do not really recommend downloading and installing the tar ball directly from Nvidia unless you really know what you are doing. It is much easier to add the xorg-edgers ppa to your system. Follow the instructions located on this web page, by the way it also a few other this web page.
Once you are done with that, reboot your machine and go into rescue mode, activate network connection, then DKPG update, then Clean, then ROOT type in 
$ sudo nvidia-xconfig
$ startx
once logged in reboot again, things should be back to normal, but with a brand new latest and greatest driver.
That should do it, in my next post I will be dealing with screen tearing while panning in various virtual world environments and how to lessen it.
JayR :_)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hardware Failure's : Seem To Be Plaguing Me As Of Late

By JayR

   I don't know where my luck took a turn for the worse recently, I have been through 3 hard drive failures in the past 6 weeks, all of them Seagates, I don't know what the heck happened to this once stable brand, but that's it for me, I will never purchase one of their product's again, including Lacie which was bought by Seagate last year. All three drives were just past the now 1 year only warranty period, they previously had a 3 year warranty.

    Anyways I did replace all of them with WD Blacks OEM's that include a 5 year warranty, and I can safely say the Western Digital's coverage is excellent. No Questions Asked, as long as the drive has not been physically abused. I have had to return 2 WD Hard Drives in the past 4 years, no problems whatsoever, box it up and pay the shipping and, about a week later you should have a refurbished Black series HD replacement, with a 1 year warranty period.

    Oh well, by this time next year I hope to convert to SSD's, I just installed a Samsung 500GB into an ASUS laptop for a friend a few weeks back, and damn talk about fast. The difference compared to a spinning mechanical disk is astounding.

JayR :_)