How do I execute a .run file in Linux Mint 11?

Pongo A. Pan pongo_pan at
Tue Jan 24 01:46:15 UTC 2012

On Mon, 2012-01-23 at 17:26 -0500, jimmckenzie at wrote:
> GNU EMACS 23 shows me the script and that's it.
> How do I actually use the file.
> I'm trying to install the latest Nvidia drivers (Version 290.10) for my GeForce GT 430. I can't find anything online about it. Everything is about older Distro's, not one thing about Mint 11 or Ubuntu for that matter.
> Any / all help will be appreciated.

You can't do this with the GUI running, so: open a virtual console with
ctrl-alt-F2, log in as your normal user.

You have to do all of this as root so: sudo -i 

Move or copy the .run file to root's home (/root): cp -v
<path-to-runfile/> /root

Kill lightdm (the GUI) with: service lightdm stop

You have to make the .run file executable so: chmod +x

Now say: ./   The "./" means look in the current directory for
the file to run.

Last say: update-initramfs -u  (This isn't always needed but does no

Finally, reboot the computer with: shutdown -r now

Did the Mint version of Jockey (Additonal Drivers) not work for you?
This method works but is rarely needed for Mint, since the Additional
Drivers thingo works very well.

pongo pan
Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:45:00 -0800
Epicurus up 59 min, 1 user, load average: 0.05, 0.07, 0.06
Linux 3.0.0-15-generic
Ubuntu 11.10, unity 4.24.0

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