A "Failed to update “Operating System Updates”" message is displayed in a pop up and, if I click "Details", it shows the following:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  linux-modules-nvidia-470-5.11.0-40-generic: Depends: nvidia-kernel-common-470 (<= 470.82.00-1) but 470.86-0ubuntu0.20.04.1 is to be installed

If I run sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade it shows the same message as above. If there is a fix in the works let me know and, if I can fix it myself, I am willing to do so if its not too complicated.

2 Answers 2


You may be able to resolve this by re-installing the common libraries for the Nvidia driver.

From a Terminal, run this command to re-install the common libraries:

sudo apt --reinstall install libnvidia-common-470

Then ensure you have the proper hardware drivers installed:

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
  • also how do i close this thread
    – kewal gill
    Commented Dec 1, 2021 at 2:56
  • Glad that you could resolve your issue. This site is a Q&A site, so doesn't work like a forum where threads are open or closed. The best option would be to write an answer, explaining what you did with a step-by-step for other people, then mark that as the accepted answer 👍🏻
    – matigo
    Commented Dec 1, 2021 at 3:32
  • ok, i'll delete my comment and paste it as an answer. stay safe, have fun and thanks for the directions.
    – kewal gill
    Commented Dec 1, 2021 at 3:41
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    I had to run sudo apt --reinstall install nvidia-kernel-common-470, which installed 233Mb of packages solving my issue!
    – ZedTuX
    Commented Dec 1, 2021 at 7:16

So to solve my issue, i removed the nvidia 470 driver through app center by the following way: open appcenter->clicking the installed tab->then by selecting nvidia-driver-470-> click uninstall-> reboot system. then after reboot: open appcenter->go to installed tab->wait for the updates to show up->update all->open terminal->paste this command (without quotes) "sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall"->when this command is finished rebooted my system. now my system is running normally, i even got some new update that got installed without any issues. so it seems like the problem is solved.

matigo gave an answer which i used to solve the installation of the driver through command line. sadly due to me not having enough reputation, i cant upvote his answer.

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