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First of all, I checked this, this, this, and this threads and neither the solutions nor the problems themselves correspond exactly to my issue.

The setup in which my issue occurs:

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
Ubuntu: 16.04 LTS.

The issue:

After installing NVIDIA's drivers (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20) everything works just fine. However, out of the blue, every 7~10 days, I will get a login loop that forces me to purge drivers, stop lightdm, re-install, and reboot. This works every single time, so the issue has a solution but it keeps happening every other week.

Measures taken:

So far the only measure I have adopted is including nomodeset to my Grub. I thought this would fix the issue but since I included it the problem occurred twice (so that means I included nomodeset like a month ago).

The fact that the issue happens periodically makes me think that it is related to some process that also occurs every other week. I might be wrong, but I just wanted to check with the community as I am a Linux aficionado and not an expert in any way.

Any lead/idea/suggestion will be very appreciated. Thanks!

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I'm sorry to say this, but I think you should escalate this to your Gfx card's warranty division. It is always surprising what a single semi failed transistor can do.

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  • Anyways, the good news is that everything is probably ok, and a little work will get it fixed up. As a first debugging step, even thought it seems paradoxical, could you try uninstalling the nvidia drivers with something like $ sudo apt-get remove nvidia-* – Marty Humphreys Jul 1 '17 at 9:03
  • Thanks for your reply. As stated in OP, purging Nvidia drivers is part of the fix I work with. Hopefully it isn't a hardware problem. I'll keep looking for a permanent solution, although, who knows, maybe the issue won't happen again... – YSC Jul 4 '17 at 9:36

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