Specs: Quadro P1000 (compatible with driver version 440.100, attempting to get version 450.57) kernel: 5.7.11-050711-generic Ubuntu 20.04 focal fossa

Key problem: I've been unable to determine if I can actually get the newest gcc version on ubuntu 20.04. (currently have found 10.1 experimental), the newest I can seem to find is 9.3.0 (but newer versions are available on other platforms). currently I am unable to compile the drivers correctly (Nvidia's run scripts with dkms), and I am getting very nasty warning messages on startup and shutdown (they're long, and unrelated/unecessary if I can get this to work).

The installation script it advises me to check says that the driver was compiled with version 10.2.0. it seemed to me that I could not download (or at least couldn't find) the correct version for ubuntu, I thought I could downgrade, but got the same error message.

I currently have 9.3.0 and 10.1 installed, I'm somewhere between a beginner and an intermediate, but I've relied heavily on apt to obtain my packages, and am not sure (without a provided address for wget) how to install the package otherwise (at the time of writing, I am currently stuck with the command line).

I could force it to ignore the versions, but I'm already getting ACPI errors (unhandled region) and DC state mismatches, which suggests to me that I've done something very wrong, and I (hope) that this is it.

I know I'm almost certainly omitting necessary information, but I'll update it as necessary.

I'm aware that I can use apt to install the Nvidia drivers, but I have done so twice and had the second screen stop working, so I would like to use the Nvidia run file so that I don't have to deal with it again.

  • Where are you getting the Nvidia-450 driver from? It is available from the graphics-drivers ppa, and that may avoid problems with drivers from other sources.
    – ubfan1
    Jul 30, 2020 at 21:39
  • I've had issues with using that.. I actually downloaded the reccomended driver from the Nvidia website (they provide a bash script). 450 isn't available from the ppa repository (but 440 is). Jul 31, 2020 at 22:20
  • As of 7/16/2020 450 is on the ppa, 450.57-0ubuntu0~ See askubuntu.com/questions/1263383/…
    – ubfan1
    Jul 31, 2020 at 23:43

1 Answer 1


If you see *1 in my post it refers to notes that describe in further detail

  1. You can get gcc10.2 from here https://bigsearcher.com/mirrors/gcc/releases/gcc-10.2.0/
  2. Save it to home
  3. Enter terminal and untar the zipped folder; you will probably need to sudo
  4. cd into the new folder; it should be called gcc-10.2.0

Enter these terminal commands in that folder

  1. contrib/download_prerequisites
  2. cd ~

Enter these terminal commands from home

  1. mkdir build && cd build


  • Here you need to decide where you want it to install. I will refer to /usr/local/bin because it's already in the PATH
  1. ../gcc-10.2.0/configure -v --build=x86_64-linux-gnu --host=x86_64-linux-gnu --target=x86_64-linux-gnu --prefix=/usr/local/bin/gcc-10.2.0 --enable-checking=release --enable-languages=c,c++,fortran --disable-multilib --program-suffix=-10.2


  • Replace x with the number of cpu cores you have*1. This will take a while depending on how fast your computer is.
  1. make -j x


  • Once that all completes enter this command in the terminal which wont take long.
  1. sudo make install-strip


Now you must change the default gcc version so you are using the right version to install the NVIDIA driver.

  1. sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/local/bin/gcc-10.2.0/bin/gcc-10.2 70 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/local/bin/gcc-10.2.0/bin/g++-10.2
  • Replace my paths with wherever you installed it and remember to use the executable in the bin folder of the gcc-10.2.0 folder.


  • Enter this terminal command and choose gcc-10.2
  1. sudo update-alternatives --config gcc


  • After that check your gcc version to clarify
  1. gcc --version
  • It should say 10.2

Where I got my information

*1. I changed this from the guide in the link who says: "you typically want to pass twice the number of your computer cores to the make command in order to speed up the build" I assume he is talking about threads in which case not all cpus have multithreading.

  • Just out of curiosity, will this pose problems when I reboot the machine? If I build a kernel module with this version of the gcc, will I have to stick with that version (possibly causing errors if other parts are compiled with a lower version? Aug 2, 2020 at 0:04
  • If you are meaning your nvidia driver, I downgraded succesfully to 440 with no problem. Can you be more specific?
    – Aplleroar
    Aug 3, 2020 at 12:12
  • I was concerned that changing my default gcc problem would case problems with the complication of other packages, though this may not be the case Aug 4, 2020 at 13:36

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