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I am having issues with nvidia drivers in 18.04. I am running Linux 5.0.0-37 on an i7 with GTX 1060 with stock Gnome desktop.

I am currently using the nouveau driver and am able to login and things are working okay, but if I try to install the nvidia drivers (any of the available ones: 390, 410, 415, 430, 435, 440), I am unable to successfully login to the gnome desktop, it just sits at a purple screen. To recover, I need to switch to terminal and purge the nvidia installs.

I see no errors in dmesg when I am unable to login. The nouveau driver works fine for general use, but I cannot play any of my Steam games with it. Any ideas on why all of the nvidia drivers would be causing this issue or how to troubleshoot?

  • Did you check the recommended Nvidia driver with ubuntu-drivers device? Have you tried something else?, maybe this: askubuntu.com/questions/1048274 – Quasímodo Jan 4 at 16:57
  • The recommended driver is the 440, which I did install. Thanks for the link. I will try enabling the DRM KMS and report back... – linsek Jan 4 at 17:04
  • adding nvidia-drm.modeset=1 did not resolve my issue. – linsek Jan 4 at 17:46
  • In that case, does lspci -k | grep -EA2 'VGA|3D' confirm that the nvidia driver is in use? – Quasímodo Jan 4 at 18:10
  • It did show the nvidia driver as the active. – linsek Jan 5 at 2:39
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I had a problem similar to that with a Lenovo p52. I use Debian stretch and it is terrible to manage hybrid video card (change between onboard and offboard) The solution was to disable discrete drive into the bios.

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