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I'm going through the steps to install my GTX 970 Driver onto my Elementary OS system but when I run the following command, I get a blank screen...

sudo sudo service lightdm stop

I believe I am supposed to get a terminal-type of screen, but am met with nothing at all. Is there a way to fix this?

  • You can try to press CTRL+ALT+F1, then you have access to the terminal. By pressing CTRL+ALT+F7 you can switch back to the graphical surface. – arc_lupus Aug 27 '15 at 9:46
  • By using CTRL+ALT+F1 I get a blank screen as well. Nothing is displayed. It lets me go back to the graphical interface still. – John Brooks Aug 28 '15 at 17:47
  • Where do you run this command? At the terminal, or at the graphical interface? – arc_lupus Aug 28 '15 at 22:03
  • I ran it at the Terminal. I also attempted to use CTRL+ALT+F1 before using the command and I also get the same blank screen. – John Brooks Aug 29 '15 at 23:07
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Installing nvidia drivers manually is always a pain (ended up multiple times with a black screen after reboot) I suggest installing the latest stable driver via the xorg edgers graphics drivers ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-352

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  • The PPA you mention doesn't contain any packages whose name contain nvidia. So why shall we add it? – theV0ID Sep 20 '15 at 21:50
  • Apparently the drivers have been moved to another repsitory recently see here. I will update the answer accordingly – Marc-Aurel Zent Sep 24 '15 at 9:50
  • I think it might be more recommended to make them install nvidia-current. I tried 352 on older hardware (315M) and it didn't really turned out well. – Thomas15v Sep 26 '15 at 17:36
  • The PPA you mention isn't stable. It's called "xorg edgers" for a reason. To install drivers just do sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall – Maccer Feb 13 '17 at 21:23
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Type software & updates in Sling Shot. Open Software & Updates. Move to Additional Drivers pane. Check the if there are additional drivers listed there or not. If available then, choose the open that says: (proprietary, tested)

Check the visual demo here

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