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When I choose to install any of the nvidia drivers on the additional drivers list (in the Software & Updates). I get a system which I can just use in line mode (no grapics at all). I can only use: X.Org Xserver -- Nouveau display driver from xserver-org-video-nouveau

I have downloaded Nvidia driver metapackages 390 396 410 415 418 430 and tried several of them. Is there something else I need to do to get rid of the default X.org -- Nouveau driver first?

  • Do not install the drivers with binaries from Nvidia. The version for your card is 418, can be newer, can't be older. If the driver isn't offered in Additional Drivers (S&U) then add the graphics drivers PPA first. – GabrielaGarcia May 12 at 5:08
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Remove older Nvidia driver:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

Add the graphics-driver PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

Then update:

sudo apt-get update 

And install (and activate) the latest Nvidia graphics drivers First check the version you want on the graphics drivers PPA homepage

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-410

Or whatever version you want:

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-430

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