Nvidia Linux Display Driver 32-bit 340.46

The OpenGL 3D native graphics driver installer developed by Nvidia for GNU/Linux operating systems running on 32-bit architectures
Nvidia Linux 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. It is a hardware driver, which provides some instructions that tell an operating system how to use a piece of hardware.

Installing Nvidia Linux Display Driver

In order to install the Nvidia Linux Display Driver on your Linux machine, one needs to download the binary package using the “Download” button above, save the file on their 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.

Drop-in replacement for Nouveau

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 is integrated into the upstream Linux kernel, so you don’t have to download or install anything on your Linux operating system.

Supports a wide range of Nvidia GPUs

In our tests, we’ve discovered that the Nvidia Linux Display Driver supports much more Nvidia graphics cards than the open source Nouveau driver. It plays well with most of the ION, ION LE, Quadro Plex, Quadro Sync, GRID, NVS, nForce Professional 3000, Quadro FX, Quadro Blade, as well as all the GeForce series.

All in all, if you have a PC or laptop equipped with an Nvidia GPU, and you have issues with the default Nouveau open source driver, you may want to install the Nvidia Linux Display Driver. It’s also the number one choice for gaming users.

Reviewed by , last updated on October 11th, 2014

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NVIDIA Corporation
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Nvidia Linux Display Driver 32-bit
What's New in This Release:
  • Fixed an OpenGL issue that could cause glReadPixels() operations to be improperly clipped when resizing composited application windows, potentially leading to momentary X freezes.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the GLSL compiler from correctly evaluating some expressions when compiling shaders.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause nvidia-installer to crash while attempting to run nvidia-xconfig on systems where that utility is missing.
  • Added option UseSysmemPixmapAccel to control the use of GPU acceleration for X drawing operations on pixmaps allocated in system memory.
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Nvidia Linux Display Driver 32-bit is a freely distributable native installer for Linux users who own Nvidia graphics ...

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