Up-to-date Nvidia Drivers Debian Wheezy 64-Bit using Backports

Since my previous post showing how to install Nvidia drivers in Debian Wheezy 64-Bit I found out that the driver in the standard Debian Wheezy repo is very dated (around 304.xx or something!). As a result I started looking at the options for a new driver.

They break down like this:

1. Download & Install the latatest Nvidia Driver from http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
2. Setup the Debian Jessie ‘Backports’ repo and get a much newer nvidia driver

Supposedly (from the light research I’ve done) option 1 is not the ‘Debian way’ and is more likely to cause system issues down the road. As I’m trying to be as much of a purist as possible, and the very latest driver in my opinion isn’t likely to make a earth shattering difference I decided to go with option 2 and this is what to do:

Then add the following to the bottom of the sources.list file

Nvidia Driver Installation

NB Accept any popups that occur during the process with the default selection.

Now install the Nvidia Kernel

Install the latest Nvidia driver from the backports repo

Install Nvidia xorg config utlity from backports

Lastly run Nvidia Xconfig (IMPORTANT STEP DONT MISS)

That should be it, you should now have a recent Nvidia driver installed! If you’re like me you’ll probably want to install Steam now this is a full guide for how to do that on Debian Wheezy 64-Bit.