I have an Nvidia card. Was using Freya until a few hours ago, installed Loki and now the HDMI is 100% not working. The secondary display (a Hitachi TV) shows no signal at all.

I tried sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall as instructed here, but it did nothing. I installed the Nvidia X Server Settings from the App Center, also nothign.

Drivers available originally:

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After I upgraded the Nvidia drivers to 340.98:

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$ lspci -k | grep -A 3 "VGA"
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G96 [GeForce 9500 GT] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. G96 [GeForce 9500 GT]
    Kernel driver in use: nouveau
    Kernel modules: nvidiafb, nouveau, nvidia_340

$ sudo ubuntu-drivers devices
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
model    : G96 [GeForce 9500 GT]
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00000640sv000019DAsd00006046bc03sc00i00
driver   : nvidia-304 - third-party free
driver   : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin
driver   : nvidia-340 - third-party free recommended

== cpu-microcode.py ==
driver   : amd64-microcode - distro non-free

What can I do to fix this?

  • Answers are yes and yes. What drivers are you using and what version? (for the commands)
    – wolf
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:32
  • What did you add to Loki to be able to access the windows you show in your answer?
    – Gabriel
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:34
  • It's "Software & Updates" in the Applications menu—forgot to add that
    – wolf
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:35
  • I have no such entry in the applications menu (Slingshot, right?)
    – Gabriel
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:36
  • It won't have an icon but should be searchable. Yep, slingshot.
    – wolf
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:37

1 Answer 1


I finally managed to fix this issue following steps given here Install Nvidia driver instead nouveau.

The issue was that, although the nvidia drivers were correctly installed, the nouveau drivers were still being used, even if the nvidia drivers were selected in 'Software & Updates'/Additional drivers.

Steps I followed:

  1. Blacklist the modules. Open the blacklist.conf file.

    sudo vim /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

    add the following modules in the file.

    blacklist vga16fb
    blacklist nouveau
    blacklist rivafb
    blacklist nvidiafb
    blacklist rivatv

    Save the file and exit.

  2. Update the initramfs disk.

    sudo update-initramfs -u
  3. Reboot

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