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September 30th, 2017, 12:08 AM
Trying to upgrade nvidia driver from 381.22 to 384.90 using Software & Updates > Additional Drivers. When I click the radio button for the 384.90 driver, then click Apply Changes, nothing happens for a few seconds, then the radio button for 381.22 becomes the lit button, then nothing happens.

16.04.03 LTS

Also, when using Software Updater, I cannot change the "Download from:" location in Ubuntu Software. I highlight a different server but it does not appear in the block -- the existing server remains there.

September 30th, 2017, 12:25 AM
geomcd1949; hello -

The 384 version driver is not in the standard software repository.

Now to not help in breaking your system - why do you think the 384 driver is of value to you ?

IF we are to continue to pursue installing 384; please show us the hardware we are working with:

lspci -k|grep -iEA5 'vga|3d'

As yes, there is a way to install the 384 version driver in xenial .

maybe yes

could be not so yes

September 30th, 2017, 12:35 AM
I'm an old man who aspires to be an Ubuntu snob with the latest and best.

lspci -k|grep -iEA5 'vga|3d'
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK104GL [Quadro K4200] (rev a1)
Subsystem: NVIDIA Corporation GK104GL [Quadro K4200]
Kernel driver in use: nvidia
Kernel modules: nvidiafb, nouveau, nvidia_381, nvidia_381_drm
01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation GK104 HDMI Audio Controller (rev a1)
Subsystem: NVIDIA Corporation GK104 HDMI Audio Controller

Actually, I use Lightworks for video editing and the benchmark numbers I get are lower than Windows users with roughly comparable equipment, and the standard response of LWKS Forum is to make sure to use the latest drivers.


September 30th, 2017, 12:51 AM
geomcd1949; Yepper :)

confirmed you want that 384 driver:

so you get that driver from our PPA:

sudo apt purge nvidia*
sudo rm /etc/X11/Xorg.conf ##in the event that this file does exist
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo reboot

Where I do expect the system to choose and install the 384 version driver .

Once up from the reboot confirm the driver installed:

dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia

all better now

September 30th, 2017, 02:19 AM
dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia
ii bbswitch-dkms 0.8-3ubuntu1 amd64 Interface for toggling the power on NVIDIA Optimus video cards
ii libcg:amd64 3.1.0013-2 amd64 Nvidia Cg core runtime library
ii libcggl:amd64 3.1.0013-2 amd64 Nvidia Cg Opengl runtime library
ii libcuda1-384 384.90-0ubuntu0~gpu16.04.1 amd64 NVIDIA CUDA runtime library
ii nvidia-384 384.90-0ubuntu0~gpu16.04.1 amd64 NVIDIA binary driver - version 384.90
ii nvidia-opencl-icd-384 384.90-0ubuntu0~gpu16.04.1 amd64 NVIDIA OpenCL ICD
ii nvidia-prime 0.8.2 amd64 Tools to enable NVIDIA's Prime
ii nvidia-settings 384.90-0ubuntu0~gpu16.04.1 amd64 Tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver

Bashing-om -- I'm very grateful. Can you tell me why this latest driver wouldn't update in the way I updated every other driver in the last six years? It's a little confusing.

Thanks very much for the help. Much appreciated.


September 30th, 2017, 02:45 AM
geomcd1949; Sure :)

375 driver is available

384 driver does not exist:

But :
these folks ( across a lot of domains ) work very close with nvidia to provide us with the latest - Tested ! - drivers.

so you got that driver from the PPA . And as a bonus ubuntu will keep that driver updated ; as it is under the management of the package manager .


all things are possible