Ubuntu – Ubuntu 17.10 black screen Nvidia issue


I get a black screen after booting with Ubuntu 17.10 and Nvidia. Seems a quite common problem already mentioned in many posts.

I have tried all options posted here and here , but nothing worked (each one individually and all options altogether)

• In /etc/gdm3/custom.conf: uncommented "WaylandEnable=false"

• In /etc/default/grub:` add at the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT the parameter "nomodeset" or “nvidia-drm.modeset=1” (in both case I kept “quiet splash security=selinux selinux=1”)

• reinstalling the drivers after and as follow

sudo apt purge 'nvidia-*'

sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

sudo apt install nvidia-384 ** Also tried with nvidia-387

Checked if an old version of compiler (update-alternatives –config gcc) but gcc v7.2.0 is the only one I have

• The BIOS is set to use only PCI-E card video


I can load Ubuntu successfully when I use the generic (recovery mode) only, but not the normal one.

My Nvidia card is GTX1080Ti.

This issue started after upgrading from 16.10 to 17.10.

The booting time is increasingly slower, lagging at loading initial ramdisk (may be unrelated)

Best Answer

  • It has been widely reported that none of the proprietary nVidia drivers work with Wayland yet. So you have the choice of running 17,10 on Xorg or, if you want to use Wayland, purging all of your nVidia drivers and relying on the kernel Nouveau driver for your nVidia GPU