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I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on an Asus N551JW laptop with these two graphic cards:

  • Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4600
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M 4G GDDR5

By default, Ubuntu recognizes the Intel graphic card but not the NVIDIA one.

When I try to install the Nvidia's drivers I get one of the following errors (depending on how I install drivers):

  • Ubuntu freeze in the initial loading screen (before showing the login screen): I get this error if I install drivers from the user interface, going to "Software and Updates" > "Additional Drivers" then selecting the Nvidia drivers (instead of the Nouveau).
  • I get a black screen instead of the login screen (I can hear the login alert sound): I get this error using the commands listed below.

So, how to install Nvidia's drivers for my laptop?


What I already tried

I tried as explained here:

How do I install the Nvidia drivers?

Correct nvidia+intel graphics setup in 14.04

these things:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus linux-headers-generic

sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
sudo nvidia-xconfig

But I get the errors described above.

  • Did you also try the official ones? – Matthieu Dec 10 '16 at 22:00
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    @Matthieu I think that if you go to "Software Updates" > "Additional Drivers" and select to install Nvidia drivers these are the official ones (the same you linked). Also Pilot6's answer should make you install official Nvidia drivers. – Andrea Dec 11 '16 at 9:00
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You did all wrong (almost). Run

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
sudo apt-get purge bumblebee* primus
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-352 nvidia-prime
sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:bumblebee/stable

and hope that you did not spoil everything completely with previous attempts.

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  • It is also available nvidia-355, could it be better than 352? – Andrea Aug 8 '15 at 14:38
  • It is a beta driver. – Pilot6 Aug 8 '15 at 14:38
  • I added that thx. – Pilot6 Aug 13 '15 at 17:35
  • nvidia-352 was deleted from xorg-edgers, don't know why yet. – void Sep 17 '15 at 14:13
  • Yeah, they removed 3 driver versions from Trusty. I have no clue why. – ArcaneDominion Oct 8 '15 at 5:49

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