Running Ubuntu 17.10

GPU is Asus GeForce GTX 1060 (is a NVidia GPU and the correct NVidia proprietary driver for Linux is downloaded from their website).

Have correct NVidia proprietary driver for Linux: NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.69.run

I am guessing that sudo apt install nvidia-384 does not install the proprietary NVidia driver so, how do I correctly install the proprietary Nvidia driver?

My question is not about how to install drivers using .RUN files. The question is about the correct procedure to install a NVidia driver using Ubuntu 17.10 available options.


2 Answers 2


Ubuntu provides an easy way to install the NVIDIA proprietary drivers. If you open the 'Software & Updates' Application and navigate to the 'Additional Drivers' tab you can install the Ubuntu provided proprietary driver. My driver is at 384.90.

  • Need more information: when I use the words ""NVidia Proprietary driver" it means means that the drivers are written by nVidia developers. Is this "Ubuntu provided proprietary driver" you are recommending to install the same as the "NVidia proprietary driver for Linux: NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.69.run" ? Is it the same driver?
    – cjclm7
    Oct 23, 2017 at 13:56
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    The driver that Ubuntu provides appears to be newer than the one you downloaded from NVIDIA's website. Both proprietary drivers should be on par with one another. I was recommending installing the NVIDIA driver from the 'Software & Updates' Application because it is hassle-free. Oct 23, 2017 at 14:09
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    @Jorge - In general, .run files are written by people who don't know or care to know how to properly package packages for linux (.rpm or .deb). As such the .run programs can damage system files and removal is poorly written. The "solution" is to use the .deb packages from the ubuntu repositories. The ubuntu repository provides the same nvidia proprietary binary driver as the .run file does, just properly packaged so that it does not damage teh system and can be easily removed.
    – Panther
    Oct 23, 2017 at 14:40
  • Yes, I agree the solution is simple. To use the "Software & Updates" then TAB " Additional Drivers" then accept the NVidia binary driver (instead of the default Noveau display driver) is the correct procedure. It avoids the hassle of installing the downloaded .RUN file. I have followed the proposed solution and the command "inxi -G" identified correctly the GPU connected to the machine.
    – cjclm7
    Oct 23, 2017 at 16:19
  • To add to this, if you get the "black screen of death" like I did after an upgrade, you can do what @MichaelScottxyz suggests from the CLI also (either by ssh-ing in, or hitting ctrl+alt+f1 to get a terminal). Once you're on a terminal, do ubuntu-drivers devices to have Ubuntu tell you what to install. In my case, after an upgrade, I had to install the kernel headers for my kernel and then sudo aptitude reinstall nvidia-384 to install the driver. A quick reboot and I was back in business.
    – JT.
    Nov 2, 2017 at 6:04

You can't under wayland (default graphic server running under ubuntu 17.10) , well not yet. You will have to use the old server : "Xorg" on your machine. Don't worry, even with a clean install it should still be install on your computer. simply do that.

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