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Specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz × 4
  • GTX 980, but appears as VESA: GM204 Board
  • 64bit

When I try to install the proprietary drivers none are listed. When I enter lspci -v into terminal I get this:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GM204 [GeForce GTX 980] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])    
Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Device 2980  
Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 16  
Memory at f6000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]    
Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]   
Memory at f0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]    
I/O ports at e000 [size=128]    
Expansion ROM at f7000000 [disabled] [size=512K]    
Capabilities: <access denied>

Entering ubuntu-drivers devices returns nothing, however.

When I install the drivers from xorg-edgers PPA it fails and I cannot get unity to start on a reboot.

  • The xorg-edgers gives you a lot of driver versions... Which versions did you try? – Fabby Feb 1 '15 at 14:03
  • I used versions 340 and 343, as well as current. – Alexander Lebens Feb 2 '15 at 21:12
  • 343 has been removed in the mean time as it was causing problems. Did you have a look over here: askubuntu.com/questions/580075/… as this guy seems to have found a solution I've never seen before... – Fabby Feb 3 '15 at 6:54
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Very same problem with GTX 750 after upgrade 14.04 -> 14.10. Installed official 346 driver manually - works like a charm with ~5% performance boost (as tested with Unigine Tropics benchmark). You didn't ask the question but assuming you're looking for a solution I recommend you to do the same.

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