I just installed CUDA in a notebook like this:

sudo apt-get install cuda

Like said here.

The compilation wokrs just fine but when I try to run I got the followin problem: CUDA error at file.cu:128 code=35(cudaErrorInsufficientDriver) "cudaStreamCreate(&(stream[i]))"

My nvcc version:

nvcc: NVIDIA (R) Cuda compiler driver
Copyright (c) 2005-2016 NVIDIA Corporation
Built on Tue_Jan_10_13:22:03_CST_2017
Cuda compilation tools, release 8.0, V8.0.61

Graphics card info:

lspci | egrep 'VGA|3D'
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Skylake Integrated Graphics (rev 06)
02:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GM107M [GeForce GTX 960M] (rev a2)

I also installed VirtualGL, bumblebee-nvidia, primus, freeglut3-dev. Following this.

When I try to run something on bumblebee I got this: optirun glxspheres64

[   41.413478] [ERROR]Cannot access secondary GPU - error: Could not load GPU driver
[   41.413520] [ERROR]Aborting because fallback start is disabled.

nvidia driver not working.

NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.

It looks like the nvidia 375 version is instaled but I can't make it works.

whereis nvidia
nvidia: /usr/lib/nvidia /usr/share/nvidia /usr/src/nvidia-375-375.66/nvidia

And some driver info.

modinfo nvidia_375
filename:       /lib/modules/4.8.0-54-generic/updates/dkms/nvidia_375.ko
alias:          char-major-195-*
version:        375.66
supported:      external
license:        NVIDIA
srcversion:     68751AFD79A210CEFFB8758
alias:          pci:v000010DEd00000E00sv*sd*bc04sc80i00*
alias:          pci:v000010DEd*sv*sd*bc03sc02i00*
alias:          pci:v000010DEd*sv*sd*bc03sc00i00*
vermagic:       4.8.0-54-generic SMP mod_unload modversions 
parm:           NVreg_Mobile:int
parm:           NVreg_ResmanDebugLevel:int
parm:           NVreg_RmLogonRC:int
parm:           NVreg_ModifyDeviceFiles:int
parm:           NVreg_DeviceFileUID:int
parm:           NVreg_DeviceFileGID:int
parm:           NVreg_DeviceFileMode:int
parm:           NVreg_UpdateMemoryTypes:int
parm:           NVreg_InitializeSystemMemoryAllocations:int
parm:           NVreg_UsePageAttributeTable:int
parm:           NVreg_MapRegistersEarly:int
parm:           NVreg_RegisterForACPIEvents:int
parm:           NVreg_CheckPCIConfigSpace:int
parm:           NVreg_EnablePCIeGen3:int
parm:           NVreg_EnableMSI:int
parm:           NVreg_TCEBypassMode:int
parm:           NVreg_UseThreadedInterrupts:int
parm:           NVreg_MemoryPoolSize:int
parm:           NVreg_RegistryDwords:charp
parm:           NVreg_RmMsg:charp
parm:           NVreg_AssignGpus:charp

I think it can be some driver version problem:

dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  bumblebee-nvidia                            3.2.1-10                                      amd64        NVIDIA Optimus support using the proprietary NVIDIA driver
ii  nvidia-375                                  375.66-0ubuntu0.16.04.1                       amd64        NVIDIA binary driver - version 375.66
ii  nvidia-375-dev                              375.66-0ubuntu0.16.04.1                       amd64        NVIDIA binary Xorg driver development files
ii  nvidia-modprobe                             375.51-0ubuntu1                               amd64        Load the NVIDIA kernel driver and create device files
ii  nvidia-opencl-icd-375                       375.66-0ubuntu0.16.04.1                       amd64        NVIDIA OpenCL ICD
ii  nvidia-prime                                0.8.2                                         amd64        Tools to enable NVIDIA's Prime

What am I missing?

  • how do you install drivers? – Charlie Parker Jul 26 '19 at 14:51
  • Faced the same error, and none of the answers worked. What did work was a simple: $ reboot now. – darthbhyrava Jan 10 at 15:30

If your nvidia-smi failed to communicate but you've installed the driver so many times, check prime-select.

  1. Run prime-select query to get all possible options. You should see at least nvidia | intel.
  2. Choose prime-select nvidia.
  3. If it says nvidia is already selected, select a different one, e.g. prime-select intel, then switch back to nvidia prime-select nvidia
  4. Reboot and check nvidia-smi.
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  • Helped me. Thanks! – Yaroslav Schubert Jan 3 at 13:47
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    uh oh, prime-select query didn't even list intel, I guess I have 2 problems now... – Inspi Jan 25 at 20:14
  • query doesn't list all possible options. From the script: 'query: checks which version is currently active and writes "nvidia", "intel" or "unknown" to the standard output'. – TheMechanic May 23 at 4:25

You may want to install cuda toolkit. Using the following command to install it.

sudo apt install nvidia-cuda-toolkit

Once the installation is done, reboot the machine. nvidia-smi should work.

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  • works for me !! – x0v Apr 10 '19 at 10:49
  • This works for me – Sundeep Sep 26 '19 at 6:31
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    It didn't work here – Bill Kotsias Oct 31 '19 at 9:32
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    don't do this if you have cuda >= 10. It will downgrade your cuda to 9, that is available currently on ubuntu without CUDA PPA. – loretoparisi Jan 24 at 11:02
  • Doing sudo apt-get purge nvidia-* before, then the above line fixed everything CUDA related for me, installed 430 driver with CUDA 10.1 – Dinari Feb 2 at 17:53

I disabled the Secure Boot and it worked pretty fine.

@rod-smith aswered another question more specific explaining how to do it, basically is a setup config, but he also write a good article about how to do that in here.

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    It helped me to with nvidia driver 390 also! I never thought it might be because of secure boot, thx :) – samutamm Jul 3 '18 at 18:20
  • UEFI Mode with Secure Boot desabled is already done here. =) Looks like it does not works for everyone, unfortunately. – Renan Willian Prado Dec 29 '19 at 6:24

since I cannot comment on @Rodolfo's answer above (not enough reputation), I am adding a new answer.

On my machine I had to configure Secure Boot accordingly to my OS. I have an ASUS mainboard running Ubuntu 18.04 and tried to install NVIDIA CUDA 10.1 Update 2 with the packaged NVIDIA driver. I faced the same issue as described above. As it turned out, Secure Boot was set to Windows UEFI mode. Changing it to Other OS fixed it for me.

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    Thanks, I had to disable Secure Boot which was automatically re-enabled during a Windows/BIOS auto-update!!! Now nvidia works fine. – Bill Kotsias Oct 31 '19 at 10:04
  • would you mind explaining how you changed the secure boot to Other OS ? – Inspi Jan 25 at 20:17
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    @BillKotsias thanks! :D – Marek Feb 25 at 10:32

For future readers:

I am on a virtual machine instance (Google Cloud Platform)

and I am following this gist to install Cuda and CuDNn on my VM.

I had to manually upload the CuDNn part. (Just putting it out there.)

Now, getting to the error:

I was having this issue but a complete restart of the instance did the job. And by complete restart I mean stopping the instance and turning it back on again.

I hope this helps someone.

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In case you are looking for a solution for Google Cloud Platform, it is best to follow the advice of Google and only use recommended Ubuntu version (at the time of writing May 2020 use either 16.04 or 18.04, the new 20.04 is not yet supported) and follow the official instructions for installing CUDA support for Google Cloud VM here. This will give you the correct version of the driver that works with GCP VM. Then restart the instance with sudo reboot or from console.

If you are installing CUDA for GCP VM any other way you may still succeed but struggle with issues like "NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver" or some dependency problem.

PS! I will not copy the instructions here as they are prone to change any time, always refer to original GCP source for the latest working solution.

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