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Install the NVIDIA driver 390 on Linux Mint

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Install the NVIDIA driver 381 on Linux MintNVIDIA has introduced a new version of graphics linux nvidia driver 390. The release of driver NVIDIA 390 is making some interesting changes and additions.

Note. Before downloading and installing new driver, make sure that your system has a supported NVIDIA GPU. You can also use automatic scanning, contacting the Drivers section on the website of NVIDIA to find the latest drivers for your NVIDIA GPU.
How to identify and install the correct driver for your Nvidia video card in Linux Mint can be viewed on page "How to detect and install the correct version of the Nvidia driver on Linux Mint". Otherwise, after you install the NVIDIA driver 390 you risk not to run the system.

Installation latest version into Linux Mint:

If you not previously added repository to the system

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt update
After, you can set in the linux mint nvidia drivers Manager 
Install the NVIDIA driver 390 on Linux Mint
or in the terminal
sudo apt install nvidia-390 nvidia-settings
After the installation, restart the computer to activate this driver.

After a new logon check the installed graphics driver utility NVIDIA X Server Settings, search in the menu or in the terminal command:

glxinfo | grep OpenGL
If you installed a new kernel, it is possible to even reconfigure the kernel module with the new driver. To do this, run the following command in the terminal:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure nvidia-390
In the case when in the terminal you will see the impossibility of reconfiguring the kernel module with the new driver, it is better to stop using it, otherwise you may get black screen after restarting the computer, i.e. the system will be inoperable.
How to get out of the situation "black screen", see "black boot screen after installing video driver".

May the Force be with you,
Good Luck!!!

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  1. Shekin 18 February 2018 17:32
    I have a Nvidia GTX970 graphics card. This driver and I have not put normally... So I installed the older version again.
    x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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  2. Art
    Art 10 May 2018 12:18
    No luck... I've tried nvidia-340, 385, and 396 with same results.
    On reboot the OS hangs on the loading screen. Sometimes is I have just two dots, sometimes I see the mint logo, and it hangs. Sometimes I can eventually reach the system via ssh to rollback, but it takes forever to get to that point. I usually cannot get to a console when this happens. If i set 'text' mode in grub i can see a console but keyboard input does not work correctly. I do see hung timeouts when in this mode. If i remove nvidia via ssh, everything seems to work fine again.

    Dell Precision Tower 3620
    # cat /etc/os-release
    NAME="Linux Mint"
    VERSION="18.3 (Sylvia)"
    # uname -a
    Linux changeme 4.10.0-38-generic #42~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 10 16:32:20 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    # lspci |grep VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 5912 (rev 04)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107GL [Quadro K420] (rev a1)
    05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107GL [Quadro K420] (rev a1)
    # glxinfo |grep OpenGL
    OpenGL vendor string: VMware, Inc.
    ??? Huh? I'm not running in a VM, I installed as primary OS.
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  3. Kay
    Kay 8 October 2018 23:24
    This does not work for my NVidia geforce gtx 960m with Mint 19, hangs at boot. Its creating more problems.
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  4. Jim
    Jim 23 October 2018 09:18
    Not sure if these drivers should provide detailed differences between GTX970 cards? Speciffically the hardware tweaks from MSI, Gigabyte, Asus and others, that come stock with various brands?

    In addition updated drivers for designed software by these various companies may compliment the operability and performance of the base Nvidia card, with operational benefits in Linux.

    In other words, I wonder if it would be beneficial to seek MSI drivers for their Overclocked Gaming cards along with the Afterburner Software that would be compatible and approved by the Linux Mint team. As it may be holding back these GPU types performance, no matter what updated drivers Nvidia updates for us? As I certainly don’t see them dealing with cost/time expenditure to be beneficial for them. Considering they are for the most part “Evil Emire” based for high profit margins, purposefully downgraded and rapidly rendered inoperable. Unless paying for a new “Evil Empire” OS or recently released 10 million dollar, Mining Rig price manipulated GTX 2000 series.

    So, let’s put the word of mouth out to them, that Open Source, will be of more value and profit in the long term. For these companies, that end up getting raped from the “Evil Empire” irregardless, with these companies doing 99.9% of the work anyway. Geez you’d think they would look for anyway possible to escape the oppressive enslaved bondage grip of thee once again...”Evil Empire”!

    Still in all, the base operation of a high performance GPU such as

    These Nvidia GPUs should work flawlessly anyway, but something tells me Nvidia left the hard work up to the various branded GPU vendors!

    In any event, if these companies would cooperate, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase newer or upgraded versions from them, if by proving an actually non deceptive and properly working PC hardware for the very long term decided alone by consumer choice!
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