29a.ch by Jonas Wagner

Installing the nvidia opencl driver on ubuntu 9.10

Yesterday, I messed up my system by trying to install a NVIDIA beta driver in order to use opencl. Today I tried again with more success. Here is how I did it:

  1. Download the driver from the NVIDIA website
  2. Open the hardware driver manager of Ubuntu (Sytem/Administration/Hardware Drivers)
  3. Select the NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (the active one) and click remove
  4. Log out
  5. Press CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to the console
  6. Login with your username and password
  7. sudo stop gdm
  8. chmod +x ./nvdrivers_*.run
  9. sudo ./nvdrivers_*.run
  10. sudo init 6
  11. Enjoy OpenCL goodness

A WORD OF WARNING don't try this unless you understand all the steps involved and know how to recover your system in case something goes wrong!

Stay tuned for some nice opencl experiment.