I want to use CUDA on my pc (using bumblebee), but whenever I want to start a cuda-driven program, I get the error modprobe: FATAL: Module nvidia-uvm not found. I already installed nvidia-337-uvm via apt-get, but nvidia-modprobe can not find the module. So, what am I doing wrong? System is Ubuntu 14.04.
Thank you!

3 Answers 3


I got the same problem on my machine, I find the solution here:

Edit the file /etc/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf or create a new file if you are not using bumblebee and add a line to it:

alias nvidia-uvm nvidia-340-uvm

You should replace nvidia-340-uvm into the version you are using. You can find it by

sudo updatedb
locate --regex nvidia-.*-uvm.ko
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    I have no bumblebee.conf
    – stiv
    Oct 16, 2019 at 2:10

Thank you! But my string differs:

alias nvidia-uvm nvidia_352_uvm


$ locate --regex nvidia.*uvm.ko

Maybe it will help anybody more.


Today, I came across a day fulfilled of PURGES and APTITUDE/APT-GET's. I was trying to fix the problem of activating the nvidia-uvm.

I have a CUDA 6.5 already installed. I updated my nvidia to 352 thinking that the 340 was with problems. But as you will see, it was a matter of activating components blacklisted by the bumblebee.

I run:

sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia

However, I decide to comment the following from file "/etc/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf":

Workaround to make sure nvidia-uvm is removed as well

remove nvidia rmmod nvidia-uvm nvidia (commentted)

It was giving problems in my modprobe activation. First of all, I do not know why, but I have to, always, run the optirun command with some process and, then, execute sudo modprobe nvidia-XXX-uvm

EX: "sudo optirun glxspheres64 sudo modprobe nvidia-352-uvm"

I think it is because bumblebee blocks some component that should be activated when optirun is executed. Anyway, it worked for me and I hope can save some PURGE/INSTALL that everyone maybe be tired of executing.

Best wishes,

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