Offical Nvidia drivers released : how to tell

Hi I was told.

"you just have such card that could be getting the BUG with the 515 drivers…

the new Production (stable) driver is released today by nvidia:"

Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] driver: nvidia v: 515.43.04
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 driver: X: loaded: nvidia
unloaded: modesetting gpu: nvidia resolution: 1: 1920x1080~60Hz
2: 1920x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2
v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 515.43.04

Although it was released, my understanding is it may take a few
days/a while to show up… Iam wondering:

How to tell if its the official Nvidia released driver?
How to install it, an from where?


driver: nvidia v: 515.43.0

nvidia = proprietary aka “official” Nvidia driver
v = it’s version

Can’t be more literal than that!



I guess as no V these are the dodgy buggy ones.

extra/nvidia 515.43.04-7 (28.8 MiB 28.9 MiB)
NVIDIA drivers for linux

The current nvidia drivers are marked out of date, so there should be a new update in the coming days. I use nvidia-dkms though, so those are updated just a little bit slower.

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They’re updated at the same time.

Latest driver is released from Nvidia

Version: 515.48.07
Release Date: 2022.5.31
Operating System: Linux 64-bit

nvidia - nvidia 515.43.04-7
nvidia-dkms - nvidia-dkms 515.43.04-2

When I say slower I mean not as current as nvidia. e.g. -7 vs -2 in this case.

@ricklinux :broccoli:

I’m just pointing out what version the drivers are supposed to be that are the latest released.
(How to tell) :wink:


Version: 515.48.07 :arrow_left:

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Ah, I was thinking Arch repo version, you were thinking upstream version :wink: Still enjoy some :broccoli:

How to tell:

The driver in both cases is the same. What you’re looking at is the pkgrel number.

The DKMS package provides a module that is compiled on your system when the kernel changes. The pkgrel will increment when there is a change to the packaging files (specifically nvidia-utils). The nvidia package provides a pre-compiled module, and so it increments every time there is a kernel update (or a change to nvidia-dkms).

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I think the new ones are in the aur now.
I however get errors

Also can someone confirm this is the new ones pls?


Looks like that is a different driver package, nvidia-vgpu. You should probably stick to the repo packages unless you know that you need this alternative driver package.

Currently running the latest drivers for testing on my Nvidia GTX 1060

[ricklinux@eos-xfce ~]$ inxi -Ga
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] vendor: ASUSTeK
    driver: nvidia v: 515.48.07 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+
    status: current (as of 2022-05) arch: Pascal pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s
    lanes: 8 link-max: lanes: 16 ports: active: none off: DVI-D-1
    empty: DP-1, DP-2, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1b83
    class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 compositor: xfwm v: 4.16.1 driver:
    X: loaded: nvidia unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa
    gpu: nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 101 s-size: 483x272mm (19.02x10.71")
    s-diag: 554mm (21.82")
  Monitor-1: DVI-D-1 mapped: DVI-D-0 note: disabled
    model: ViewSonic VX2260WM serial: R2S084206306 built: 2008 res: 1920x1080
    hz: 60 dpi: 102 gamma: 1.2 size: 477x268mm (18.78x10.55")
    diag: 547mm (21.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 640x480
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2
    v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 515.48.07 direct render: Yes
[ricklinux@eos-xfce ~]$ 
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Nobody use nvidia-open yet?

I haven’t tried them. I thought they didn’t include stuff that would make them good?

I am just curius lol

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It’s going to take time (the devs have said it’ll be a few years) before it’s got feature parity with the current proprietary nvidia drivers, so as for myself I won’t be using the nvidia-open drivers anytime soon. I’m a simple user, I just want a stable system that just works. But for users that want to help out and test it and provide bug reports/feedback, by all means give it a go, just know it’s still in the very early stages.

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I tried the first release of nvidia-open on GeForce 1030 and it didn’t work beacuse 1030 is too old. The nvidia-dkms works well with it.