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ORIGINAL QUESTION UPDATE 1:

Including Additional Drivers screenshot. I have tried installing both 361.42 and 340.96 and both times, I get a blank screen after restarting.

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ORIGINAL QUESTION:

When I install the nvidia driver for ubuntu and then restart, I get a blank screen. I have no tried 2 of the nvidia drivers and both times I get a blank screen.

How do I install the nvidia drivers and not get a blank screen?

Did a google search and it seems I'm the first to encounter this issue since 16.04 has been released:

https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=6tUZV-rEEuTR8geL_5PABA&gws_rd=ssl#q=ubuntu+16.04+nvidia+blank&tbs=qdr:d

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  • I somehow accepted the wrong answer. How do I change it? Apr 23, 2016 at 17:45
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    If you solved your problem yourself, please answer your own question and accept it. Don’t put the answer in your question or the comments! Send me a message in the comments if you want my up-vote. :-) Jan 24, 2017 at 21:07

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Where/When do you get the blank screen? Is it when the grub menu should appear upon boot, or when the Ubuntu Unity login screen should appear? If it's the latter, try the following:

  1. Add nomodeset on your Ubuntu grub entry. Highlight the entry you use to boot, press e, then add replace

    ...ro quiet splash ...

    with

    ...ro nomodeset quiet splash ...

If that boots to the login screen correctly, press Ctrl + Alt + F2, login, then run sudo prime-select intel. Then reboot and see if that fixes it.

Also, how are you installing NVidia drivers? DOuble-check at nvidia.com if you're using the correct ones.

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  • I get the blank screen after the grub menu when I select Ubuntu. The grub screen only appears after the first attempt, I get no grub at the first attempt, the grup screen automatically appears when I restart the blank screen. Apr 22, 2016 at 18:21
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    Did you try nomodeset? Apr 23, 2016 at 0:41
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    I did try it, and it didn't work. Little did I know what by setting nomodeset before installing the nvidia drivers removes nomodeset. So this time, I installed nvidia first, then set nomodeset and it worked! Thanks for the help! Apr 23, 2016 at 7:23
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    Nope, this doesn't work at all. Still a black screen for me :( May 29, 2016 at 12:12
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    Not an expert here, but nomodeset doesn't load video drivers, and those video drivers are probably responsible for enabling dual monitor support. So your attached screen not working makes sense. Jun 27, 2016 at 22:38
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My graphics card is the NVidia GeForce GTX 950.

The first thing I did was download the latest stable NVidia driver from nvidia.com (for me, it was 361.42). I was sure to select the latest stable and certified driver. It's a ".run" file, by the way. Search on how to install .run files if you're not familiar with this.

I then blacklisted the Nouveau drivers according to this post (my steps are below and are slightly different from this post): Install Nvidia driver instead of nouveau

I did all of my work through the virtual terminal accessed by Ctrl+Alt+F1 from the log in screen:

  1. Blacklist the modules. Open the blacklist.conf file.

     sudo vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    

    add the following modules to the end of the file:

     blacklist vga16fb
     blacklist nouveau
     blacklist rivafb
     blacklist nvidiafb
     blacklist rivatv
    

    Save the file and exit.

  2. Remove all the nvidia* packages (note this didn't do anything for me, but it's recommended. No harm done in running it)

     sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*
    
  3. Update the initramfs disk. Mine was configured to load the nouveau drivers. It takes several seconds. Don't reboot or poweroff!

     sudo update-initramfs -u
    
  4. Reboot

  5. Stop the display manager and then install.

    At the login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 again to get into the virtual terminal. Once you are in the text mode, stop the display manager:

     sudo service lightdm stop
    
  6. Then, run the installation file (the .run file you downloaded). The installation is well documented and contains lots of useful messages along the way (imagine that!). I did get the error about the pre-install script failing. I continued anyway. I got asked "Would you like to run the nvidia-xconfig utility to automatically update your X configuration file so that the NVIDIA X driver will be used when you restart X? Any pre-existing X configuration file will be backed up" I answered "Yes" and continued. I have a 64-bit system and got 32-bit errors. I didn't worry about it and continued. The 64-bit ones installed fine. I got to the end of the installation!

  7. Cross your fingers, reboot, and log in. My system FINALLY came up. I hope yours does too!

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  • Will this keep working after a kernel update, or will you have to perform some manual steps each time that happens? May 20, 2016 at 11:29
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    Good question - and timely. I recently just installed a new kernel, not thinking. Then, when I rebooted, it came up in a low-res mode (probably 800x600). Logging on just flashed the screen and put me back at the login screen. Then, I rebooted and selected the older kernel and everything was fine. So, I'm not sure what the long term solution to this would be other than fixing the original problem. I guess I will stay on an older kernel for now. May 23, 2016 at 15:10
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Try to add nvidia ppa ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa and install the lastest 364.15.

That works for me with optimus 860m.

This works only if you have Secure Boot disabled.

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    just tried it. gave the same problem unfortunately. Apr 22, 2016 at 19:43
  • It also works with Secure Boot, but not if you're using the shim or shim-signed to boot. Instead, you need to use a signed kernel and the signed grub-efi bootloader: sudo apt-get install linux-signed-generic grub-efi-amd64-signed. Also there might be multiple EFI boot entries (even with the same name) and the BIOS might choose the wrong one by default, so you will have to override that in the Boot Selection Menu or in the BIOS Setup. Jul 2, 2016 at 16:05
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Maybe you have to blacklist the nvidia drivers at startup. That is sometimes needed by hybrid graphic cards.

  • Edit the file: /etc/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf and add:

    blacklist nvidia-XXX
    blacklist nvidia-XXX-updates
    blacklist nvidia-experimental-XXX
    

    replace the XXX by the version of the graphic driver. For example 346

  • reboot your computer.

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  • This solved it for me (Ubuntu 16.10; Dell XPS 15). It was missing the new nvidia-367 drivers in bumblebee.conf that weren't blacklisted
    – naisanza
    Jan 30, 2017 at 22:42
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I solved this issue a different way. I installed 16.04 on a very old computer. I installed the Nvidia legacy driver, and got the blank screen.

I installed Lubuntu to use the LXDE desktop. That is working very well for me.

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
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Make sure you have secureboot disabled, I happened to have mine enabled and ignored the warning when I upgraded to 16.04. If you have secureboot on, it will get stuck on gdm or in a black screen.

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  • Not sure yet what secureboot is, but does this apply if I did a fresh install of 16.04. I didn't do an upgrade from 14.04 to 16.04. Apr 22, 2016 at 13:13
  • Plus my computer is about 5 years old, I don't think it has secureboot. But I'll have a double check in the morning. Apr 22, 2016 at 14:57
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    I can't see secure boot in the BIOS. Apr 22, 2016 at 19:43
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Try adding the following options to your grub /etc/default/grub config file. You'll need to update grub afterward.

GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x1024x32,auto
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep
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  • I think these options only affect Grub, not the operating system that's booted. May 29, 2016 at 12:14

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