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2.6. NVIDIA drivers (Mesa libGL replacement)

Note that XFree86 4.0.1 and later is required with driver 0.9-6 and later. If you have XFree86 4.0.0, then you'll have to download the older 0.9-4 version. You should try to use the lastest XFree86 and NVIDIA drivers.

Download the drivers at:


See the updated FAQ at while you are downloading. It has important installation information not in this HOWTO.

The NVIDIA drivers provide a kernel driver: /lib/modules/kernel.version.number/video/NVdriver and and files that go into /usr/lib/ to replace and Mesa ones that might be in there. is OpenGL. These files are Nvidia's own hardware accelerated OpenGL implementation.