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.
    – user880592
    May 12, 2019 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
  • From that link, I see that 430 is the latest version. Does that mean I should install the latest? How do I check which version is the most ideal (stable and compatible) for me? Aug 7, 2019 at 18:52
  • @5areductase Well it depend on your needs, if you wanna run only a specific application/game that need for instance drivers 390, go for it. However the safest and proper way to install it is using the last long-lived branch release, which is actually nvidia-430 (430.40)
    – Ced
    Aug 8, 2019 at 20:49

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