First of all after installation of Ubuntu 14.04 I was having problem - system freezes after few minutes of work.

I installed nvidia-current driver, it helped. I decided to install something more newer(I want to use GPU calculation with CUDA, finally).

I tried "additional drivers" 331. Didn't worked. Black screen after rebooting. I tried to install Nvidia drivers from offical site(last one, 346).

Also black screen or blank. Tried Xorg drivers - recommended 349 and 346. Same...Black screen.

I have GTX 590. I completely new to Linux, so getting lost in it. Why is it happening, whom drivers I should use and how to get it work?


I had the exact same problem and I solved it like this (Actually Raphael solved) like this:

  • First find out which Graphic Card you are using (Exact model)

    You can contact the manufacturer or lspci and search for 3D controller .

  • Go to Official Nvidia website and Manually find drivers for your NVIDIA products

  • And Select appropriate version of Linux (64bit or 32bit)

  • Search

  • Now know your driver number (ex : Version: 352.63 )(No need to download the *.run file just know the version)

  • Switch to your default driver in Additional Drivers:

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  • Now in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) run this command to remove all previous installations of Nvidia Drivers:

    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia* Enter

  • Add this repository : sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa -y

  • sudo apt-get update

  • sudo apt-get install nvidia-352 REPLACE 352 WITH YOUR LATEST DRIVER VERSION from Nvidia(don't worry about the decimals 352.xx => 352)

  • Reboot after the installation is complete.

This worked well for me : I am using Nvidia GeForce 820M.


Open Software & Updates app in Ubuntu and it allows to install NVIDIA driver from GUI.


Download Nvidia driver from http://www.geforce.com/drivers

To install the driver from source:

Disable nouveau

  1. open any tty other than GUI by ctrl+alt+f[1-6]
  2. stop lightdm/gdm or whatever is your display manager

    sudo stop lightdm

  3. run the script

    sudo sh NVIDIA----.sh

solving problems

  1. if something goes wrong close the installer and reboot then try again
  2. still same problem the nvidia installer will make a black list in /etc/modprobe.d/
  3. if this is not generated you have to make such file to black list nouveau
  4. Run sudoedit /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf and fill it with this:

    blacklist nouveau

  5. If the problem is not solve you have to add the string "nomodeset" to your /etc/default/grub, in GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= line

  6. then update the grub

    sudo update-grub

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