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I have a Dell Precision M4800 with two graphic cards:

  • 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
  • 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK106GLM [Quadro K2100M] (rev ff)

My Ubuntu version is 12.04. I am having an issue where the resolution is extremely low, and I cannot change it. I tried to install the NVIDIA graphic card. I went to the NVIDIA website and I found that the version of NVIDIA for my graphic card is 340.96, so I downloaded this version Then I ran these below steps:

1- sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

2- reboot the system.

3- CTRL + ALT + F1

4- sudo service lightdm stops

5- cd go/to/the/place/of/nvidia.run

6- chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-340.96

7- sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-340.96

NOTE- I faced the error that my graphic card does not support this version but I did not pay attention and continue the installation

8- restart the computer

When the computer booted up, the resolution was at the lowest.

9- I tried to run nvidia x server setting but there is this below error:

You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just runnvidia-xconfigas root), and restart the X server.

So I did this:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

Resulting in this:

Using X configuration file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf".
Backed up file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' as
'/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup'
New X configuration file written to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'

13- then run this below command to restart the xserver:

sudo service lightdm restart

But the system went black with this error:

Could not write bytes:Broken pipe

And I could not do any thing except shutdown. I would really appreciate it if someone would help. Thanks.

  • Did you fix this problem? I need to install it on Ubuntu 16.04 does it works there? – Natim Aug 3 '16 at 15:14
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Yeah, the Nvidia graphic cards can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Here's a solution that work for me running Ubuntu 16.04 (kernel 4.10) and 18.04 (kernel 4.15.0-38 generic) on a HP Zbook 15 equipted with NVIDIA K2100M.

This is a solution that does not use the drivers downloaded from the official NVidia website.

After executing the following commands you have to restart your workstation:

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall 
sudo ubuntu-drivers devices
sudo apt install nvidia-340
sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

By far this is the most simple and basic way to workaround the problematic drivers.

Usually when I use the X.Org X server (The Nouveau drivers), my resolution drops down to something close to 320x240.

Using Nividia-410 or Ndivia-394 causes strange screen ripples (or fluctuations) on the left hand side of the display.

The only negative thing of running a Nvidia-340 driver with a 4.15 kernel on Ubuntu 18.04 is that I cannot change the screen brightness, therefore you've got to use another piece of software (or night mode) if you are an owl like me. Nvidia-340 works smooth as hell on Ubuntu 16.04 though - all the functionality is available and there are no glitches.

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