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. – RobotHumans Apr 24 '16 at 1:15
  • @Zacharee1 did one aswell here it is. – Videonauth Apr 24 '16 at 1:17
  • @Videonauth Do these instructions also apply to intel+nvidia (optimus) laptops? – Merlijn Sebrechts Apr 24 '16 at 1:35
  • @Galgalesh not sure to be honest i have no means on trying it. – Videonauth Apr 24 '16 at 1:36
  • @videonauth I'll try it out and let you know ;) – Merlijn Sebrechts Apr 24 '16 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. – Merlijn Sebrechts Apr 24 '16 at 1:53
  • yeah best to add it to that que then. but good to know – Videonauth Apr 24 '16 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? – TheWanderer Apr 24 '16 at 12:40
  • @Zacharee1, what Q&A are you talking about? – Merlijn Sebrechts Apr 24 '16 at 13:29
  • @Galgalesh Videonauth linked to it – TheWanderer Apr 24 '16 at 13:30

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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