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I own a Dell Inspiron 15-5558, wich has a Nvidia 920m and the integrated intel graphics. I already followed lots of guides on how to install nvidia drivers, needless to say none of them worked. When i try to boot after installing the drivers, all i get is a black screen right after the gnome loading screen. I wonder if it has something to do with the optimus stuff, but since the gnome screen does show up for a little time i have no idea. Any help is welcome :)

I'm running Ubuntu gnome 16.04

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  • I see no problem in reinstalling ubuntu if it makes things easier since it's a fresh install anyway. So the "right way" of installing the nvidia drivers would be already awesome. Apr 25 '16 at 18:24
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First remove all currently installed NVIDIA software.

In the GRUB boot menu, select the Ubuntu menu entry and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 at the end of the linux line.
Press the F10 key to boot into the Ubuntu system.

When the login screen appears press Ctrl+Alt+F1.
Enter your user name and password and then execute :

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*  
sudo reboot 

Install the drivers supporting NVIDIA GEFORCE 920M.

In the GRUB boot menu, select the Ubuntu menu entry and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 at the end of the linux line.
Press the F10 key to boot into the Ubuntu system.

When the login screen appears press Ctrl+Alt+F1.
Enter your user name and password and then execute :

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-361 nvidia-prime
sudo reboot  

Note: Leave a Space between the last character in the linux line and nouveau.modeset=0.
After the NVIDIA drivers are installed, adding the boot parameter is not necessary any more.
Switch between Intel and NVIDIA graphics with NVIDIA X Server Settings -> PRIME Profiles.

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