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I'm trying to install the latest and stable proprietary Nvidia drivers for my newly built Skylake PC. It is running on Ubuntu 15.10. My VGA card id Nvidia GTX 660.

First I tried installing the drivers using sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

It's installing a legacy driver 304.128 but not the latest one. Then I purged all the nividia packages sudo apt-get purge nvidia-* and tried installing sudo apt-get install nvidia-355

When installing the drivers 355 the installation is giving me some errors about corrupted packages and the whole system crashes thus I couldn't get the error details as well.

So what I'm doing wrong here? Do I have to install it as a module to kernel as specified here? And why the current driver is a legacy driver (304.128)

Note: I haven't add any ppa, just went with the drivers that came with the distro.

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https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa add this ppa and install 355 and then reboot, you will need modprobe if you need to do CUDA or opencl.

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  • Thanks for the answer. Anyhow do you know a way of knowing if I need CUDA or opencl? – Switch Nov 2 '15 at 6:29
  • If you do programs like Blender, pycuda, Darktable, you will need either opencl or CUDA yes. – Arup Roy Chowdhury Nov 2 '15 at 6:40
  • A small question again. There is already a nvidia 355 driver, it's labeled as proprietary in Software & Updates (is must have came with the distro, since I don't have any additional ppas). Apparently this graphics-drivers ppa has a 355 driver too. So when I do a apt-get install nvidia-355 which driver from which source is going to install? – Switch Nov 2 '15 at 8:15
  • It seems to be working now. Running on 355.11 driver – Switch Nov 2 '15 at 13:24
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    Depending on the date, it would select whichever is stamped new and usually it would be the ppa. Thats good as you will then get regular updates to the series. – Arup Roy Chowdhury Nov 2 '15 at 14:00

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