Technical question on video driver installation

Valter Mura valtermura at
Tue Nov 23 08:19:04 GMT 2010

Hi All,

I'm going to change my old video card ATI with an Nvidia one, new and more 

While reading some info in the Ubuntu website, I noticed that there is an 
experimental driver called Nouveau that supports Nvidia cards. As it doesn't 
support yet the 3D features, it is also suggested to remove it and install the 
native Nvidia driver, more performing. So did I. I installed yesterday the 
"nvidia-current", as per packets' availability in the repository (I think this 
is the latest and supports my new card, GeForce 6200)

I have to say that I haven't installed the card yet, so my QUESTION is:

"Is it safe to install the video card driver before physically installing the 
video card?"

In other words, "if I reboot my machine after this Nvidia driver installation 
and while still using the ATI video card, may I have problems?"

TIA and regards,
Registered Linux User #466410
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