This needs a bit of backstory, so I get right to it.

Earlier this evening I was running kernel 4.19.9 with Nvidia driver 410 present. Note I could not use it, I have (had) the same problem as this guy: NVidia X Server Settings GUI doesn't start on ubuntu 18.04

However, there was a Nvidia update, and for the first time I could get an error code when I put nvidia-settings into terminal. My search for that error got me to this page: https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxmint/comments/9a88po/linux_mint_19_nvidia_prime_no_more_screentearing_3/

The tinkerer that I am, I changed my GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset acpi_osi=" to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nvidia-drm.modeset=1 updated grub and rebooted.

To make long story short, I had a hard freeze before GUI could load. I managed to revert to kernel 4.15.0 and change grub command back to nomodeset.

Now at kernel 4.15 the Nvidia drivers don't show at all. No matter how much I purge and install again. And to make matters worse, IF I dare to move to kernel 4.19.9 (or any of the 4.19 kernels) and install Nvidia drivers, I get a hard freeze when rebooting.

I am not sure if I am ready to do sudo apt-get remove --purge '^nvidia-.*' because I have read that it removes nvidia-common package.

I personally rather run on kernel 4.19.9, but I would also like to be able to install Nvidia drivers without the system freezing.

Is there any way to get this to work, or am I doomed to reinstall again??

All the best, and sorry for the long post.


I ended up installing Linux Mint (really like their GUI). Now I can run kernel 4.19.9 and have Nvidia drivers + Cuda installed without freezes (just like on Ubuntu before my ventures).

So my solution this time was to reinstall.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.