Nvidia Linux Legacy Display Driver 32-bit 304.123

The legacy OpenGL Nvidia driver for graphic cards running on the Linux operating system and supporting the 32-bit instruction set architecture
Nvidia Linux Legacy Display Driver is a proprietary OpenGL video driver that tries to bring support for the graphics cards produced by Nvidia on Linux-based operating systems. This version supports only the 32-bit architecture, for 64-bit support see this link.

Even if it provides a settings panel, the Nvidia Linux Display Driver is not an application. Instead, it is a hardware driver that provides a set of instructions which tell an operating system how to use a piece of hardware.

In order to install the Nvidia Linux Legacy Display Driver on your Linux machine, you'll need to download the binary package using the “Download” button above, save the file on your Home folder and execute the sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-xxx.xx.run command, as root, in a Linux Terminal (where xxx.xx is the version number).

During the installation, users will be asked if they want to edit the X configuration file manually or let the installer do all the work. Alternatively, after installation, you can run the nvidia-xconfig command via a Linux Terminal to set the new driver as the default one.

These days, many Linux flavors are bundled with an open source driver for Nvidia graphics cards, called Nouveau, created by a group of developers who work for the freedesktop.org project.

The good thing about the Nouveau driver is that it works pretty well by default and it's integrated into the upstream Linux kernel, so you don’t have to download or install anything on your Linux operating system.

This legacy driver plays well with most of the old GeForce series GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). If you have a laptop or PC equipped with an old Nvidia GPU, and you have issues with the default Nouveau open source driver, you may want to install the Nvidia Linux Legacy Display Driver.

Reviewed by on March 11th, 2014

last updated on:
July 15th, 2014, 14:36 GMT
developed by:
NVIDIA Corporation
license type:
Other/Proprietary License
ROOT \ System \ Hardware


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Nvidia Linux Legacy Display Driver 32-bit
What's New in This Release:
  • Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in system instability while restoring the VGA console.
  • Fixed an interaction problem with xserver 1.15 that occasionally caused OpenGL applications to continue rendering when they are minimized or unmapped.
  • Updated nvidia-bug-report.sh to search the systemd journal for X server logs and messages from the NVIDIA kernel module.
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Nvidia Linux Legacy Display Driver 32-bit provides support for legacy (old) graphic cards on Linux distributions. This...

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