Can't activate proprietary driver for NVIDIA from "Additional drivers" Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04,64 bit, with nvidia 610M dedicated graphics card.

By default when I go to "Softwares & Updates" > "Additional Drivers" it shows "Using X.Org X server-Nouveau display driver..." selected.

But I wanted to switch to proprietary nvidia driver so I selected "Using NVIDIA binary driver-version 331.38..." and clicked "Apply Changes" but shows a progress bar and after few seconds the "Nouveau" driver again shows selected.

I gave apt-get update from the terminal. Did a reboot after "Apply Changes" But still no luck.

It shows Nouveau driver ever after "Apply changes" and Reboot

  • What does sudo apt-get install nvidia-331 say? – muru Oct 24 '14 at 6:17
  • It listed out a bunch of packages for installation including nvidia. So why does it didn't get install when "Apply Changes" are clicked – 3lokh Oct 24 '14 at 7:44
  • Presumably some error occurs and it rolls back. Did you let the apt-get install run to completion? – muru Oct 24 '14 at 7:45
  • Same issue as you Nikhil. Did you resolve? – Layke Mar 12 '15 at 11:49
  • Did you try from a terminal the sudo apt-get --reinstall install nvidia-331 and look for errors.? I've had the "additional drivers" selection fail to completely build all the modules. – ubfan1 Jul 16 '15 at 17:05

You can run this action from command line, using utility ubuntu-drivers. In this case you will get some helpful descriptions of error. To install the most appropriate version use ubuntu-drivers autoinstall


Under "Ubuntu Software" in the Software & Updates page set the Download From to be "Main Server"

This then lets you install the drivers...

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You can then Install the Drivers for the Nvidia

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