# Ubuntu – How to install a driver for an NVIDIA card not detected by Additional Drivers

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For the past few days I've been trying to get compiz working on Ubuntu 12.04 with my NVIDIA graphics card – GeForce GT550M, but I couldn't get it to work.
I've been searched for tips and tricks on how to do it but nothing has worked so far.
This is the last one I tried – http://www.howtoforge.com/enabling-compiz-fusion-on-ubuntu-11.10-oneiric-ocelot.

It appears to be pretty easy but whenever I open the Additional Drivers tool, it says "no proprietary drivers are in use on this system". All the tutorials I have found include this step so none of them have worked.

I would really like to use compiz effects but I don't know what to try any more, so I could really use some help. Thanks in advance!

***This approach is simpler and it allows for easier reversal.

## Manual NVIDIA binary driver package install

Install the NVIDIA binary driver package manually. It will automatically blacklist the Nouveau default driver and make the kernel modules for you:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current


Become root:

sudo -i


Then simply modify your "xorg.conf" to use it. Copy and paste the whole code snippet in the terminal where you ran "sudo -i":

echo 'Section "Screen"
Identifier      "Default Screen"
DefaultDepth    24
EndSection

Section "Module"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier      "Default Device"
Driver  "nvidia"
Option  "NoLogo"        "True"
EndSection
' > /etc/X11/xorg.conf


sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf && sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current nvidia-settings