In Ubuntu 14.04.5 I did sudo apt-get upgrade intencionally for holding kernel updates and I installed nvidia-375 because I have a GTX 740M I know that if I update the kernel, my GPU driver will die, and I will enter in that black screen loop over an over. But something happened...

updater is showing me rare things

Why Ubuntu is recommending me AMD/ATI Drivers if I have a NVIDIA GPU?

Can I update the kernel or my changes will be lost?

My laptop is a bit old, it was released in 2013 so that's why in Ubuntu 14.04, the drivers that comes in kernel 4.4.0-31-generic, works fine¹.

¹ I added acpi_backlight=video because my intel graphics have a bug in his driver, it appears on windows too, see, I have a HD Graphics 4000 so that command in /etc/default/grub works for manipulating the brightness

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    If properly installed, the Nvidia driver will build for the new kernels. And there's no point in keeping 14.04 just because your hardware is from 2013. Newer is better, particularly for graphics. – user692175 Aug 9 '17 at 13:33
  • @MichaelBay yes is properly installed, but Ubuntu is glitchy my friends call me for solving some of this problems in his laptops and I saw like 4 times that with kernel updates, everything stops, and I fear to reinstall the OS I hate that, I like Ubunto 14 his antique software centre is nice for me. – Egon Stetmann. Aug 9 '17 at 13:38
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    intel-microcode is not related to video drivers. If you installed the drivers this way, you can safely upgrade your kernel, unless DKMS is broken. – Pilot6 Aug 9 '17 at 13:49
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    That doesn't change anything. – Pilot6 Aug 9 '17 at 13:52
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    intel-microcode is not a driver at all, and is not a graphics driver. You can search this site or wiki to read about what intel-microcode is. – Pilot6 Aug 9 '17 at 14:10

If Nvidia drivers have been installed from the repos or a PPA with DKMS, it will not "die" after a kernel upgrade.

AMD drivers are updated, because Ubuntu has pre-installed open source drivers for many GPUs.

I suggest upgrading all suggested packages and installing Nvidia drivers properly if there is a problem with them.

  • what about my grub config?I updated last month and I needed to reinstall the OS because for some reason the OS was not reading grub.cfg file, then my brightness keys was not working – Egon Stetmann. Aug 9 '17 at 13:39
  • dude I saw you have like 41k gold points so I'm assuming you are an expert.. can you please explain me in a more technicall way... why are you sure that DMKS will not fail? – Egon Stetmann. Aug 9 '17 at 13:52
  • I am not "sure" that your DKMS is not broken. Add output of dkms status and we can see. It always works until you break it. )) – Pilot6 Aug 9 '17 at 13:53
  • it says this two things: bbswitch, 0.7, 4.4.0-31-generic, x86_64: installed and nvidia-375, 375.66, 4.4.0-31-generic, x86_64: installed – Egon Stetmann. Aug 9 '17 at 13:58
  • It looks well. I see no reason why it won't build. – Pilot6 Aug 9 '17 at 13:59

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