I am running Ubuntu 18.10 and am having problems with NVIDIA drivers. Would something like Mate, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu ... work better or are graphics driver problems at such a low level (the kernel?) that a different distribution wouldn't matter?

Note, I didn't have these problems with 18.04.

Edit to add more info:

Upgraded from 18.04 to 18.10. Installed nvidia-driver-390. Computer doesn't boot. Gets stuck around "starting gmome display manager" but sometime a bit before or a bit after. Installed the 410 drivers and the same thing happened. If I uninstall all Nvidia drivers I can boot. In /etc/gdm3/custom.conf, uncommented ...wayland=false. That allowed me to boot with Nvidia drivers. Problem is that after sleep, the computer screen is either 1)fine, 2)corrupt but still functional, or 3)corrupt and not functional (appears frozen but mouse pointer still moves.) Results seem random.

With the nouveau drivers the fan on the graphics card ran too fast even without running anything. There was another issues with them but I can't remember what it was now.

All of these things were experienced without any intense graphics programs running. At most just Firefox (no video was playing) and a terminal.

  • We need a lot more info. What problems are you having? What version Nvidia driver, etc.
    – heynnema
    Oct 29 '18 at 19:31
  • I found 384 driver better than 390 driver for my GTX 960M GPU. Others may have their own experiences. Oct 29 '18 at 22:08
  • I downloaded the 18.10 iso and did a reinstall (preserving /home) and reinstalled the other programs I use. Using nouveanu drivers cause the graphic card fan to run fast and full screen usage doesn't override the screensaver. Switched over to NVIDIA 390 drivers and the problem is still present (it happens after sleep as stated abouve, but also sometimes after clearing the screensaver even without a sleep condition.) There is definitely something wrong here.
    – rkeating
    Nov 2 '18 at 21:49

Whatever the exact nature of the problems you experience, switching to a different flavour is hardly going to help. This assumes that all the flavours run X11, the same kernels and use the same driver.

One case where it could help, is if the severity of the problems you experience scale with the intensity of your graphic card's workload.

Are these problems that only occur when the graphics card is being put to good use, or get worse under such condition? If so, switching to a more lightweight flavour might help a little bit.

If whatever problem you are experiencing persists no matter what you are doing, even if the system is idle, or seems to appear at random, then different flavours would most likely suffer from the same problem.

It should be rather simple to test out though, without having to reinstall your system. For instance, if you wanted to try xubuntu, it should be as simple as installing the 'xubuntu-desktop' package (ubuntu-desktop to go back).

  • After the question has been edited, I can see that my answer does not come close to answering the question, but I will leave it for reference.
    – Tobias
    Oct 31 '18 at 9:38

There is a specific problem affecting GNOME Display Manager. At least in Ubuntu Budgie does not register. If you want to use Ubuntu you can solve it by doing sudo gedit /etc/gdm3/custom.conf and uncomment the line:


  • I did that and it allows me to at least boot, but then there are problems after that. I've update my original post with more information (above.)
    – rkeating
    Oct 29 '18 at 22:26
  • What I can suggest to you is 1) Try switching to lightdm sudo apt install lightdm 2) Try doing a new installation
    – user186255
    Oct 29 '18 at 22:39

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