Ubuntu – Can’t Change To Nvidia Proprietary Driver Ubuntu 18.04


I recently upgraded to 18.04 from 16.04. My machine has NVIDIA Graphics cards
Quadro 410 When i tried to change graphics driver using the GUI mode under Software and updates. The default X.Org X server keeps on getting selected and I do not get any error.

I see two additional Drivers listed besides the one selected by default

  1. nvidia-driver-390

  2. nvidia-driver-340

  3. X org driver

Best Answer

  • Try to remove the installed drivers by running:

    sudo apt-get purge nvidia*  
    sudo apt remove nvidia-*  
    sudo apt autoremove  

    Check what is the recommended driver for your Nvidia card by running:

    ubuntu-drivers devices

    If you want to install the driver automatically, run :

    sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

    If you want to install a specific driver, run:

    sudo apt install nvidia-<driver number>

    Once the installation is finished, run prime-select query to check which graphic card is being used by your device.
    If you want to change the graphic card used by your PC, run : sudo prime-select <intel/ nvidia>; choose between Nvidia and Intel graphic cards.
    After that, restart your PC to apply changes