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Just got an MSI GP70 2PE Laptop. The laptop has an Nvidia 840m and I need to utilize the GPU for my work. I've tried following the instructions (posted here: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/06/nvidia-driver-337-25), but when I get to the login screen there is a crash report prompt and I am unable to do anything else (I can CTRL+ALT+F1 and get a working terminal, but that's it). I've also tried skipping over the install of nvidia331-updates-dev and just using the .run file downloaded from Nvidia, but that causes the same issue. Any ideas on what could be happening?

Note that a fresh install of Ubuntu works fine. However, when I do boot into that, just before the login screen appears I see a two line message starting something about 'nouveau unknown chipset'.

Also, under the Addition Drivers dialog it simply states "No proprietary drivers in use".

Here is a copy of my Xorg.0.log: http://textuploader.com/okaq

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  • Welcome to AU! I find those instructions a bit shoddy. Did you try to install the Nvidia driver through jockey (dubbed “Additional drivers”)? Can you include the content of /var/log/Xorg.0.log in your question please? – David Foerster Oct 1 '14 at 0:51
  • Sorry for the mess of a message above. Just to clarify, when I open Additional Drivers there are no drivers listed to choose from, simply a line saying "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system". – Rob_S Oct 1 '14 at 11:48
  • So besides the Nvidia GPU you have integrated graphics from Intel. Unfortunately I don't know how to deal with dual graphics adapters. What I can however see, is that there's no kernel module for the Nvidia driver. Can you provide the output of LC_MESSAGES=C dpkg --list nvidia-\* please? It should tell us more about what driver packages are installed. – David Foerster Oct 1 '14 at 13:44
  • My answer to this question might be helpful: askubuntu.com/questions/518985/… – Joe Oct 11 '14 at 0:21
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I have been able to get mine working using xorg-edgers.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo reboot

Reboot and go to your additional drivers and usually I find the 340 driver installed and the nouveau driver. Select the nvidia driver let it switch drivers and reboot again. when the driver is installed nvidia-xserver settings show all the info about your card. I have a MSI gp60 same gpu. However I have never been able to get it to top randomly freezing. And when i open up system details it still says my intel chip is the gpu. I also get the unknown chipset error.

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