I upgraded my Linux desktop computer (ZaReason tower) to Ubuntu 20.04 a year ago and everything was working well. I have an NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card, and the default Ubuntu drivers were working fine.

A normal software update about 6 months ago caused the video card to stop working. I could only continue using the computer by manually booting into the older kernel, which was a pain. I tried re-installing Ubuntu 20.04, but the installer crashes if you check this option:

  • Install 3rd party device drivers for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats

Don't click the "Install third-party..." option!

So, do not check the box for "Install third-party software..." or the installer will crash.

Unfortunately, we need 3rd-party (i.e. NVidia) drivers for the GTX 1060 as the built-in nouveau drivers don't work! How can we solve this problem?

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The answer is to manually install the correct NVidia drivers AFTER the normal installation gui completes. When the installer asks you to reboot, don't do it!.

When you see this dialog box:

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don't click the "Restart Now" button! Instead, just click the "close" button at the top right corner of the dialog box. The desktop will close and restart in a few seconds. At this point, you can right-click and open a terminal window.

At this point, we follow the solution described here under "Command Line Nvidia Installation Method" (2nd solution - the GNOME GUI method did not work for me). We inquire about the drivers available for the installed devices. The command and result look like:

$ ubuntu-drivers devices

== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00001C03sv00003842sd00006161bc03sc00i00
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
model    : GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB]
driver   : nvidia-driver-450 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-390 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-450-server - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-460 - distro non-free recommended
driver   : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin

We manually select the recommended driver and install it as follows:

$ sudo apt install -y nvidia-driver-460  

Once this completes, the proper NVidia drivers have been installed. You can reboot the computer, remembering to remove the Ubuntu installation media when prompted.

  • sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstalldoes the same. May 2, 2021 at 19:43

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