There is already a bunch of "I installed Nvidia drivers and now Ubuntu is borked" questions. What do we do with this?

I've only found two useful answers;

  • Disable secure boot; this seems to enable some people to use their Nvidia graphics card.
  • Uninstall the Nvidia driver.


Any idea how to move forward? Do we make one Canonical question for nvidia + 16.04 or one question for each "symptom" (one for blank screen, one for login cycle, ..)

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    There's already a canonical blank screen question that includes taking nvidia out as one options - so that reduces your question surface. I'ld wait for the next point release of LTS before deciding on canonical answers, as the bugs may be ironed out rather quickly. Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:15
  • @Zacharee1 did one aswell here it is.
    – Videonauth
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:17
  • @Videonauth Do these instructions also apply to intel+nvidia (optimus) laptops? Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:35
  • @Galgalesh not sure to be honest i have no means on trying it.
    – Videonauth
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:36
  • @videonauth I'll try it out and let you know ;) Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:38
  • @videonauth It works! Although disabling secure boot is a very important step, otherwise the Nvidia driver will not be loaded correctly. The process for disabling secure boot is not straightforward. I'll make a guide with pictures of how to do it. Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:53
  • yeah best to add it to that que then. but good to know
    – Videonauth
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:55
  • @Galgalesh If it's not already too late, would you mind adding disabling Secure Boot as an answer on my Q&A? Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 12:40
  • @Zacharee1, what Q&A are you talking about? Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 13:29
  • @Galgalesh Videonauth linked to it Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 13:30

2 Answers 2


The problem is that with new kernels DKMS modules do not load.

That's why people can't use the drivers with Secure Boot on.

I wrote a Q&A for it and hope someone tests the solution. I do not have Nvidia on an UEFI machine.

But it should fix the DKMS issue.


Any flood of questions around the same problem should be dealt with in the same way:

  1. Make sure the best example of one of these questions is answered. Even if that's "This is a bug, this is what's happening, this is where you can subscribe to track its progress"
  2. Dupe-Close future instances against that good example.
  3. Sip on a Mai Tai, you're done.

Pilot6's Q&A seems as good as any (it could be better, eg link to active bugs) so I'd suggest closing against that unless a better version appears.

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