I know there is plenty of documentation on blacklisting the Nouveau driver. However the normal methods are not working for me. I tried adding the below lines in the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file, however this does not work. Nouveau still gets loaded anyway.

blacklist nouveau
blacklist lbm-nouveau
options nouveau modeset=0
alias nouveau off
alias lbm-nouveau off

I tried to disable the kernel modules using this command:

echo options nouveau modeset=0 | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-kms.conf

followed by:

update-initramfs -u

but it doesn't work. Nouveau still gets loaded anyway.

  • I did it yesterday... did you reboot? check this out: askubuntu.com/questions/457850/… – Wagner Patriota May 1 '14 at 1:09
  • @Wagner Patriota Yes I did a reboot. I however do not see how that link applies as I am not having problems getting the nvidia driver working. I can not even blacklist nouveau. I haven't installed any propriety drivers yet as nouveau has to be blacklisted first. – Sandman007 May 1 '14 at 1:15
  • oh sure, the only thing in common is the blacklist... it worked to me just writing those lines and rebooting... – Wagner Patriota May 1 '14 at 1:28
  • @Wagner Patriota. I just realized what you are talking about. I feel as if you didn't even read my post which is why I was so confused. If you read the OP I had stated that I already added those blacklist commands in my blacklist.conf. – Sandman007 May 1 '14 at 2:00
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    @WagnerPatriota Its Ok. I am sure I'll find something in the next few days, and I'll post back when I do. Thanks again for your help! – Sandman007 May 1 '14 at 3:36

You may need to edit grub to prevent the kernel from ever loading nouveau at boot. Run the following commands:

cp /etc/default/grub ~/grubbackup
sudo sed -i 's/GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="/GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nouveau.blacklist=1 /g' /etc/default/grub
sudo update-grub


The file should look like this:

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
#   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nouveau.blacklist=1 quiet splash"

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

You can run the following command to verify the contents of the file to be safe before you reboot:

cat /etc/default/grub

If you need to make changes, you can run the following command to edit the file:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Press CTR+o to save the file and then press CTRL+x to exit nano.

Also, don't forget to update grub after making changes:

sudo update-grub
  • is it possible for you to post the contents of grub file rather than the sed command(sorry i am not good at sed). Right now that line reads like this:GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" with your changes i believe it should be GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nouveau.blacklist=1". Am I right? When playing with boot and O/S I just want to be extra cautious and careful to save countless hours to recover later. Please clarify. – Ashu May 16 at 23:36
  • @Ashu Additionally, you should also be able to bypass this setting, if the configuration does not work, by booting into recovery or safe mode. – mchid Jun 10 at 20:04
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    mine worked with putting that extra nouveau.blacklist=1 for the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT. But glad we have some dedicated and committed discussion for nvidia cards to make them work with Ubuntu. – Ashu Jun 11 at 2:48

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