NVIDIA 384.69 Released with New GPU Support and Fixes


The latest long lived NVIDIA Linux driver series has reached the 384.69 release with Quadro P4000 with Max-Q Design support, and a few bug-fixes.

NVIDIA 384.69 features:

  • New GPU Quadro P4000 with Max-Q Design support.
  • Fixed an intermittent hang when using Vulkan to present directly to display with the VK_KHR_display extension. SteamVR was particularly affected by that hang.
  • Disabled G-SYNC in desktop environments, such as Budgie, that use libmutter-0.so.

    An existing rule to disable G-SYNC for libmutter.so no longer applied after the library was renamed to libmutter-0.so.

  • Updated nvidia-installer to label kernel modules with SELinux file type ‘modules_object_t’. Some system SELinux policies only permit loading of kernel modules with this SELinux file type.
  • Removed support for checking for and downloading updated driver packages and precompiled kernel interfaces from nvidia-installer. This functionality was limited to unencrypted ftp and http, and was implemented using code that is no longer actively maintained.

How to Install NVIDIA 384.69 in Ubuntu:

It’s NOT recommended to install these proprietary divers for beginners. It may cause issues and break your system. You MUST know how to restore your system before getting started.

The official Linux binaries are available for download at the link below:

NVIDIA Unix Drivers

The “Graphics Drivers” team maintains a PPA repository with NVIDIA proprietary drivers for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T, and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa && sudo apt update

Nvidia Driver PPA

2. Then you’re able to install the latest drivers using Additional Drivers utility.

For some devices, there may be a black screen issue after installing NVIDIA proprietary GPU drivers. It can be fixed either by setting NOMODESET in grub option, or removing the proprietary driver via command:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

You may need to boot into recovery mode -> root prompt, or press Ctrl+Alt+F1 on login screen to get into command console.

In addition, to remove the PPA repository launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.

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