Installing the nvidia driver for GEFORCE GTX970 via nvidia .run – November 2019

In the other article we install via pacman. That is the preferred way. Then pacman can actually manage the package. In this article we will use the .run file from

First watch the first video. You will be on your own in a TTY later to be able to install the nvidia driver. This can not be filmed.

After the installation of the driver we go to TTY with

CTRL + ALT + F2.

Then we need to shutdown XORG.

sudo systemctl stop lightdm

Then we install

sudo pacman -S linux-headers

or the linux-lts-headers if you are using the linux-lts kernel.

Only then can we run the .run file from Nvidia.

sudo ./

You will see several popups. Make up your own mind what is best for you.

  1. 32-bits libraries yes or no – I choose no
  2. nvidia xconfig auto update xorg.conf – I choose yes

Then you reboot and hope for the best.


Uninstalling is repeating the steps but now

sudo ./ --uninstall

The switches -A and –help may assist you as well.