proprietary nvidia drivers broken since 16.04

Eero Volotinen eero.volotinen at
Sat Jul 2 17:08:43 UTC 2016


I faced same issue on my laptop and this fixed the issues:

see section:

For *The display is blank* & *The display flickers*

I faced the same issue but now every thing works fine.

There are two solutions to this:


   Use NVIDIA driver version 364 from the Graphics drivers PPA (Best Option)
   - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
      - sudo apt update && sudo apt install nvidia-364

   Use LightDM instead of GDM
   - sudo apt-get install lightdm
      - choose lightdm as the default when prompted.

*NOTE* If that didn't work for you, install intel-microcode (if available)
from the Additional Drivers app before installing the NVIDIA driver.

I also installed intel-microcode before nvidia driver


2016-07-02 18:11 GMT+03:00 Peter Silva <peter at>:

> Hi folks,
> Have an optimus laptop (intel-4600 and nvidia-GT860M) that I used to
> use for Steam Games, using intel as the boot GPU and nvidia (using
> primusrun) only for games.  This took a long time to set up for 14.04,
> but eventually it was fine.
> I upgraded to (early version) of ubuntu 16.04 last November, and since
> then, have been running only on intel, because every time I tried to
> install nvidia
> drivers, I just get a black screen.   Had been waiting for things to
> stablize after release, but it looks like things are still just
> massively broken.
> The black screen has an underscore at the top-left of the normal X
> (Ctrl-F7 or F8, not sure...) screen.   Ctrl-F1-6 gives me a totally
> blank screen... so no tty access at all.   I normally have an ssh
> server, but cannot ssh in when it is in this state either.
> If I boot with nomodeset, then I get to a login screen, I enter the
> password, and it just pops back to the login screen.  And there are
> still no tty's...   So booted off of a USB media and used a chroot
> environment to purge nvidia- drivers.
> I see recipes to get out of the black screen... but all they do is
> switch to nouveau drivers, which won't run games acceptably.    I am
> looking to use the nvidia drivers to run games, but normally use
> intel, as I did with 14.04.
> Step 1:  any ideas on how to install the nvidia driver so that I have
> a functioning system?
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