NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers

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Current Maintainer(s):Ricardo Bastos
Source Repository:Repository:Gentoo Portage Tree


Summary: NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver

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Install the X.org driver, OpenGL libraries, XvMC libraries, and VDPAU libraries
Install nvidia-settings with support for GTK+ 2
Install nvidia-settings with support for GTK+ 3
PaX patches from the PaX project
Install additional tools such as nvidia-settings
Install the Unified Memory kernel module (nvidia-uvm) for sharing memory between CPU and GPU in CUDA programs



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NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers


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NVidia have proprietary graphics drivers for Linux under binary blob. The alternative open source driver is nouveau.

Preparing to Install

Hardware compatibility and driver versions

Currently there are five meta versions of nVidia Linux drivers each of which supports a specific group of GPUs. To check the type of driver that is related to your video card, check the link on this page of the official nVidia:


If you have identified as your driver version 337.25, for example, you need the mask(s) driver(s) latest(s) to which you want to install.

root # echo “>x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-340” >> /etc/portage/package.mask

# echo “>x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-340” >> /etc/portage/package.mask