What is the currently accepted means of getting Nvidia to work on Ubuntu 15.04?
alexeftimiades at gmail.com
Sat May 30 03:33:54 UTC 2015
I've seen and followed at least 8 guides to getting Nvidia's proprietary
drivers working with Ubuntu.
Here are a list of answers and guides that I have tried (about twice
each) that *do not work*.
That fixed the GLX error, but I'm clearly watching movies on my CPU.
The CPU monitor goes through the roof and the video takes a while to
skip around. Also, "glxspheres not found" is what I get when I try
the "glxspheres" command. So I guess it "fixes the error" in the
sense that it disables the graphics card and leaves a bunch of
software that appear to cancel each other out on my system.
leads to the screen randomly freezing. Oddly enough, I appear to
never technically loose control of the keyboard and mouse. It's just
that the screen randomly decides to stop updating. Upon switching
the screen off and on, I've found that my futile efforts to move the
mouse and type on the keyboard did do something, it was just that
the screen stopped updating. That said, I retried this approach
again today (with both the "tested" and "updated" drivers) and it
appeared to just lead to "GLX not found" errors every time I try to
I tried installing the packages from apt-get, but it just repeatedly
tells me to configure xorg. No matter how many times I run
nvidia-xconfig and/or reboot, this problem persists.
The xorg-edgers ppa has proved to have the same effect as the
"additional drivers" approach on the official guide in that it just
leads to the screen randomly not updating. This approach however,
has left my system a mess when when I try to get rid of the drivers
it installs. A lot of stuff gets upgraded when adding the
xorg-edgers repository and it becomes a nightmare to bring the
system back. I retried this approach today as well (I basically
spent the last 6 hours trying everything I tried about 6 months ago
hoping that the drivers had been updated to actually work), and this
does not cause the screen to randomly stop updating anymore. Rather,
like the "additional drivers" method, it just gives me a "GLX not
found" error every time I try to open parole.
As nearest I can tell the blacklist step does exactly nothing except
create a new text file in an obscure directory. But I did check it
off my list of things to try.
I've tried the "use the run file from nvidia's official website"
approach several times over the course of a year now. As of about 6
months ago, it used to produce that annoying screen freezing
problem. As of today, it just gives me the old "GLX not found" error.
* http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1741783 Installing mesa
packages does not get rid of the "GLX not found" even though the
packages does contain the phrase "GLX".
* Install dkms. I can't find the askubuntu answer that involved
apt-get install dkms, but that does not produce any noticeable
So after compiling this series of dead ends, I was hoping someone might
be able to either tell me of a new means of getting my graphics card to
work, or confirm that there is no known solution to this problem.
Obviously, I would be thrilled if someone knows of a "tried and true"
way to do it. I am admittedly frustrated by all of these lengthy
proposed fixes that never solve the problem--then having to try to
"undo" each failed installation before trying the next approach.
I am currently typing this question on an ASUS laptop that, according to
the sticker under my left wrist, says it contains a "Nvidia Geforce GTX
960M" graphics card.
Another possibility is that I actually had installed the graphics cards
at some point, and I misdiagnosed slow rendering for an insufficient
graphics card (I sometimes render 3D volumetric data with mayavi) for
ill configured graphics drivers. Though I strongly doubt that was the
case since I have always confirmed the CPU work monitor always
skyrocketed as I attempted to rotate the 3D image or even play a movie.
Also, my nvidia settings manager has never actually confirmed a working
graphics card--often complaining about an ill-configured xorg settings
("We're sorry, the graphics card you are trying to reach is not
available, please run nvidia-xconfig and try again") or failing to exist
entirely (then I install it, and it resumes complaining about incorrect
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