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
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 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. Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 17:47
  • Where do you run this command? At the terminal, or at the graphical interface?
    – arc_lupus
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 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. Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 23:07

2 Answers 2


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

  • The PPA you mention doesn't contain any packages whose name contain nvidia. So why shall we add it?
    – kostrykin
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 21:50
  • Apparently the drivers have been moved to another repsitory recently see here. I will update the answer accordingly Commented Sep 24, 2015 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
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 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
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 21:23

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)

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