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I have recently just started using ElementaryOS and so far it has been great! However, I have encountered a hiccup when trying to install my Nvidia Drivers.

Upon installing the Nvidia Drivers through the AppCenter, everything seems to work fine. Firefox started to not lag as much and everything seemed great. Until I either ran the command line nvidia-smi or launched VLC. The whole PC would start to stutter.

nvidia-smi would say "NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running."

Thanks in advance for any guidance on solving this matter!

Extra Note:

I'm not sure if this would be useful information, but I haven't been able to successfully reboot or shut down my PC without needing to power it off manually. It seems to freeze at the Elementary Logo.

Laptop Background Info:

MSI GE63 8RF

  • Intel® Core™ i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz
  • NVIDIA Corporation GP104M [GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile] (rev a1)
  • 16GB RAM

Methods Tried

  • Using software-properties-gtk instead
  • Installing nvidia-cuda-toolkit to maybe get nvida-smi to work

Semi-Fix (?)

After digging about, I resetted my BIOS to defaults and I disabled both of the Secure Settings in MSI's Bios, Apart from that I toggled off some settings and the stuttering / lag has stopped. However, running nvidia-smi still shows that NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.

Derped and somehow Secure Boot was on. After turning Secure Boot off, the stuttering/lag started occuring again.

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