I have already tried everything I could find to make Ubuntu 18.04 on Asus TUF FX504GE recognize the GTX 1050Ti in it. Nothing can make nvidia-smi outputs what it should.

I already tried:

I have:

  • Notebook Asus TUF Gaming FX504GE series, GTX 1050Ti

  • Kernel version: 5.3.0-26-generic

  • Ubuntu version: 18.04.03 LTS

  • Software & Updates

    Software & Updates

  • About Ubuntu:

    About Ubuntu

  • lshw video's output

$ sudo lshw -c video
  *-display UNCLAIMED       
       description: 3D controller
       product: GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:a3000000-a3ffffff memory:90000000-9fffffff memory:a0000000-a1ffffff ioport:4000(size=128) memory:a4000000-a407ffff
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Intel Corporation
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 00
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pciexpress msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:143 memory:a2000000-a2ffffff memory:80000000-8fffffff ioport:5000(size=64) memory:c0000-dffff
  • NVidia related installed packages:
$ apt list --installed | grep -P 'nvidia|cuda'

WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

libnvidia-cfg1-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-common-415/bionic,bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 all [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-compute-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-decode-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-encode-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-fbc1-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-gl-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libnvidia-ifr1-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
nvidia-compute-utils-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
nvidia-dkms-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
nvidia-driver-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed]
nvidia-kernel-common-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
nvidia-kernel-source-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
nvidia-prime/bionic-updates,bionic-updates,now all [installed,automatic]
nvidia-settings/unknown,now 440.33.01-0ubuntu1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
nvidia-utils-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
xserver-xorg-video-nvidia-415/bionic,now 415.27-0ubuntu0~gpu18.04.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
  • Xorg's log about NVidia
$ cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep -i nvidia
[    13.485] (**) OutputClass "nvidia" ModulePath extended to "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg,/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
[    13.485] (**) OutputClass "Nvidia Prime" ModulePath extended to "/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg,/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg,/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
[    13.485] (**) OutputClass "Nvidia Prime" setting /dev/dri/card1 as PrimaryGPU
[    13.493] (II) Applying OutputClass "nvidia" to /dev/dri/card1
[    13.493]    loading driver: nvidia
[    13.493] (II) Applying OutputClass "Nvidia Prime" to /dev/dri/card1
[    13.493]    loading driver: nvidia
[    13.729] (==) Matched nvidia as autoconfigured driver 0
[    13.729] (II) LoadModule: "nvidia"
[    13.729] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg/nvidia_drv.so
[    13.740] (II) Module nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
[    13.748] (II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver  440.26  Sun Oct 13 17:46:52 UTC 2019
[    13.748] (II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
[    13.748] (II) NOUVEAU driver for NVIDIA chipset families :
[    13.759] (II) NVIDIA(0): Creating default Display subsection in Screen section
[    13.759] (==) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (==) framebuffer bpp 32
[    13.760] (==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
[    13.760] (==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
[    13.760] (==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
[    13.760] (II) Applying OutputClass "nvidia" options to /dev/dri/card1
[    13.760] (II) Applying OutputClass "Nvidia Prime" options to /dev/dri/card1
[    13.760] (**) NVIDIA(0): Option "AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration"
[    13.760] (**) NVIDIA(0): Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "CRT"
[    13.760] (**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling 2D acceleration
[    13.761] (II) Loading sub module "glxserver_nvidia"
[    13.761] (II) LoadModule: "glxserver_nvidia"
[    13.761] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg/libglxserver_nvidia.so
[    13.819] (II) Module glxserver_nvidia: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
[    13.819] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module  440.26  Sun Oct 13 17:44:48 UTC 2019
[    13.821] (II) NVIDIA: The X server does not support PRIME Render Offload.
[    13.825] (II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (GP107-A) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)
[    13.825] (--) NVIDIA(0): Memory: 4194304 kBytes
[    13.825] (--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS:
[    13.825] (II) NVIDIA(0): Detected PCI Express Link width: 16X
[    13.825] (II) NVIDIA(0): Validated MetaModes:
[    13.825] (II) NVIDIA(0):     "NULL"
[    13.825] (II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 640 x 480
[    13.825] (WW) NVIDIA(0): Unable to get display device for DPI computation.
[    13.825] (==) NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (75, 75); computed from built-in default
[    13.980] (II) NVIDIA: Using 24576.00 MB of virtual memory for indirect memory
[    13.980] (II) NVIDIA:     access.
[    13.997] (II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "NULL"
[    13.999] (==) NVIDIA(0): Disabling shared memory pixmaps
[    13.999] (==) NVIDIA(0): Backing store enabled
[    13.999] (==) NVIDIA(0): Silken mouse enabled
[    13.999] (==) NVIDIA(0): DPMS enabled
[    13.999] (WW) NVIDIA(0): Option "PrimaryGPU" is not used
[    13.999] (II) NVIDIA(0): [DRI2] Setup complete
[    13.999] (II) NVIDIA(0): [DRI2]   VDPAU driver: nvidia
[  1363.870] (II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "NULL"
[  3115.004] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Deleting GPU-0


For the 1000th time, I did sudo apt purge *nvidia*, and then sudo apt install nvidia-driver-440. And, trying a friend's advice, I also installed Bumblebee.

After this, nvidia-smi finally shows something:

Mon Jan 27 13:22:32 2020       
| NVIDIA-SMI 440.48.02    Driver Version: 440.48.02    CUDA Version: 10.2     |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|   0  GeForce GTX 105...  Off  | 00000000:01:00.0 Off |                  N/A |
| N/A   46C    P8    N/A /  N/A |      0MiB /  4042MiB |      0%      Default |

| Processes:                                                       GPU Memory |
|  GPU       PID   Type   Process name                             Usage      |
|  No running processes found                                                 |

Although it is already a great advance, seems like I can't use GPU processing yet... (stuff like glmark2 still runs on Intel)...

  • Try running this. Does this work on your PC? May be it's the specific program, not the OS. geeks3d.com/20140304/… – Tom Jan 27 at 17:03
  • ^Have you tried the above? – Tom Jan 28 at 14:09
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    If you solved everything by yourself, then you should be able to answer by your self; but make sure that they are detailed, not ,like two line answers. – Tom Jan 28 at 17:16
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    grilotHBG, why don't you put that in your question?? Meanwhile, earn some points and come back to this question later? I think you need to have more than 15 points. – Tom Jan 29 at 19:04
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    @griloHBG I would suggest you to put [solved] on a title, and write clearly that the solution is also written as a part of the question. – Tom Jan 29 at 23:09

Have you tried going to the Software & Updates menu?

enter image description here

I installed my drivers during the installing of Ubuntu by allowing 3rd party drivers, but still had to come here to select it.

Hope it helps.

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  • Already did it. It has no effect... :( – griloHBG Jan 26 at 20:49
  • @HenriqueGarcia Does it say No Process Found or Not Supported on the output of nvidia-smi? After choosing the nvidia driver 435 (proprietary)? – Tom Jan 27 at 17:00
  • @Tom, after one more attempt (purging, reinstalling driver and installing Bumblebee), nvidia-smi now outputs accordingly. I also updated the question with this information. – griloHBG Jan 27 at 18:36
  • @griloHBG You are using 440, my suggestion was to use 435, which is proprietary. – Tom Jan 28 at 14:11
  • @Tom, why proprietary is better than non proprietary? – griloHBG Jan 29 at 22:52

Well, by the end, Bumblebee did the trick.

But, to make it work, after a lot of trials and errors, I did the following:

1. Purge EVERYTHING related to NVidia

What I mean: sudo apt purge *nvidia*

Note that I'm not doing nvidia* because it lefts behind stuff like libnvidia-whatever.so

2. Reboot

After this, the notebook was not booting properly: it was suddenly shutting down after some seconds of black screen. I had to edit GRUB before Ubuntu selection to set nouveau.modeset to 0 in order to proceed.

How to do it:

  • At grub screen, with the selection cursor over Ubuntu, press e to open a text editor
  • Append to the Linux line (separated by a space) this: nouveau.modeset=0
  • Press Ctrl-x to proceed the boot
  • This was enough to make the notebook boot properly and proceed with the NVidia's driver quest.

3. Install the NVidia driver

According to ubuntu-driver devices (this command hangs a little to show its output):

ubuntu-drivers devices
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00001C8Csv00001043sd000018FEbc03sc02i00
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
model    : GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile]
driver   : nvidia-driver-440 - third-party free recommended
driver   : nvidia-driver-415 - third-party free
driver   : nvidia-driver-430 - third-party free
driver   : nvidia-driver-435 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-390 - third-party free
driver   : nvidia-driver-410 - third-party free
driver   : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin

== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.3 ==
modalias : pci:v00008086d0000A370sv00008086sd00000034bc02sc80i00
vendor   : Intel Corporation
manual_install: True
driver   : backport-iwlwifi-dkms - distro free

nvidia-driver-440 is recommended. So I installed it: sudo apt install nvidia-driver-440

4. Install Bumblebee

I followed the Setup for 14.04 and later on Bumblebee.

After the reboot, nvidia-smi was output (as I said on the question's update).

Then I tried to run some tensorflow-gpu test and it was running on GPU (as showed by nvidia-smi)!

Thank you all for all the help :)

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  • what is the significance of bumblebee? it seems like that makes it so you can run specific games using the NVIDIA card but still using the integrated graphics to drive the screen. It is really required to do this for the 440 driver to work? – Michael May 17 at 8:20
  • @Michael, I can't say that Bumblebee is absolutely necessary to make 440 driver work. But Bumblebee was the tool for my case. Now I'm on Ubuntu 20.04 and everything was working right out-of-the-box :) – griloHBG May 23 at 22:17

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