What are is the LATEST STABLE proprietary drivers for UBUNTU 16.04 and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 (4gb)? There are simply too many answers which I have compiled below:

  1. Nvidia site says 450(450.66) is the latest for GTX 1050 (not Ubuntu version specific)

    • download from Nvidia site and install
    • apt-get has its own install sudo apt-get nvidia-\*\*450\*\*,
  2. Additional drivers tab in Software and Updates only shows version 390

    • Note: graphics-drivers PPA's have not been added yet.
  3. launchpad says 430 (430.40)

    Current long-lived branch release: nvidia-430 (430.40) Dropped support for Fermi series (https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4656)

  4. Launchpad also says old branch for GeForce 10 series (1050) is 390.129

    Old long-lived branch release: nvidia-390 (390.129) For GF1xx GPUs use nvidia-390 (390.129)

  5. Launchpad here shows overview of packages (scroll down).

    Here the version names contain 16.04 for 430.

  6. Ubuntu recommended drivers shows different version for ubuntu. If I go by this then only 384 has supported versions for 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

These are some ofthe links I looked into:

[1] --> https://askubuntu.com/a/851144/443958
[2] --> https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
[3] --> https://askubuntu.com/a/937898/443958
[4] --> ubuntu 18.04 how do I install drivers for my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050?
[5] --> How do I install the Nvidia drivers?

  • @user535733 thanks. Can you please tell me a bit more as to why you choose (#2 /390)? . I added the graphics-drivers ppa just now sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa and I get more options in the additional drivers tab such as 410, 430 etc... with ("open source") on it's side.
    – Pandian Le
    Sep 26, 2020 at 17:09
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    The key to success is simply to go with the Additional Drivers tab recommendations. The Ubuntu Developers worked really hard to make that tab trustworthy and reliable. It only shows options that are compatible with your hardware from sources that you already subscribe to. After you add the PPA, then go with the Additional Drivers tab (#2 / 430). If you encounter problems, downgrade to 410 or 390.
    – user535733
    Sep 26, 2020 at 17:12
  • @user535733 Ok 430 I can start with. Thanks for this :). All Nvidia drivers are proprietary. Any idea why it says it is "open source" in additional drivers tab next to 430? Looks like a glitch. I see 430 in and even 440 on Nvidias website even.
    – Pandian Le
    Sep 26, 2020 at 17:32
  • @user535733 Looks like it works nvidia-smi shows that I am using 430. Just one followup: When I do dpkg --get-selections | grep nvidia I still see nvidia-390 deinstall and nvidia-430 install. Is that ok? Can I ignore this?
    – Pandian Le
    Sep 26, 2020 at 18:27
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    Since your system works, leave the packages alone. Your original issue seems solved. Consider opening a separate question your your application questions.
    – user535733
    Sep 26, 2020 at 19:08


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