Guides - NVIDIA Driver Manual Installation

Scientists, artists, and engineers need access to significant parallel computational power. Linode offers GPU-optimized virtual machines accelerated by the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000, harnessing the power of CUDA, Tensor, and RT cores to execute complex processing, deep learning, and ray tracing workloads.

If you are using Debian 9, follow the steps below. If you are using Ubuntu 18.04, CentOS 7, or OpenSUSE, proceed to the Install with CUDA instructions instead.

This section will walk you through the process of downloading and installing the latest NVIDIA driver on Debian 9. This process can also be completed on another distribution of your choice, if needed:

  1. Visit NVIDIA’s Driver Downloads Page.

  2. Make sure that the options from the drop-down menus reflect the following values:

    Product TypeQuadro
    Product SeriesQuadro RTX Series
    ProductQuadro RTX 8000
    Operating SystemLinux 64-bit
    Download TypeLinux Long Lived Driver
    LanguageEnglish (US)

    The form will look as follows when completed:

    NVIDIA Drivers Download Form

  3. Click the Search button, and a page will appear that shows information about the driver. Click the green Download button on this page. The file will not download to your computer; instead, you will be taken to another download confirmation page.

  4. Copy the link for the driver installer script from the green Download button on this page:

    Copy Download Link

  5. On your Linode, enter the wget command and paste in the download link you copied. This example shows the syntax for the command, but you should make sure to use the download link you copied from NVIDIA’s site:

  6. After wget completes, run your version of the installer script on your Linode. Follow the prompts as necessary:

     sudo bash NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-*.run
  7. Select OK and Yes for all prompts as they appear.

  8. Once the installer has completed, use nvidia-smi to make sure that you’re currently using your NVIDIA GPU with its associated driver:


    You should see a similar output:

     | NVIDIA-SMI 430.26       Driver Version: 430.26       CUDA Version: 10.2     |
     | GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
     | Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
     |   0  Quadro RTX 6000     Off  | 00000000:00:03.0 Off |                  Off |
     | 34%   59C    P0     1W / 260W |      0MiB / 24220MiB |      6%      Default |
     | Processes:                                                       GPU Memory |
     |  GPU       PID   Type   Process name                             Usage      |
     |  No running processes found                                                 |

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