NVIDIA 384.90 Released with Quadro P5200 Support & Fixes

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The latest long-lived branch of NVIDIA driver for Linux has reached the 384.90 release with new Quadro P5200 GPU support and various bug-fixes.

NVIDIA 384.90 release highlights:

  • Added support for the following GPU: Quadro P5200
  • Fixed a regression that caused display flickering at lower PowerMizer performance levels on some GPUs.
  • Fixed a regression that prevented console restoration after a VT switch on some GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a system hang when resuming from suspend with some GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that caused slow or stuttering frame rates in applications that use GLX_EXT_swap_control_tear while G-SYNC is active.
  • Fixed a bug in the NVIDIA VDPAU driver that caused VdpVideoSurfaceGetBitsYCbCr() of H.265/HEVC content to have interlaced artifacts.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the X driver to not correctly report the “BlendOrder” MetaMode token when querying the MetaMode through, e.g., `nvidia-settings –query CurrentMetaMode`.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented nvidia-installer from displaying a targeted error message when optional kernel modules fail to load.
    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 This functionality was limited to unencrypted ftp and http, and was implemented using code that is no longer actively maintained.

Download / Install NVIDIA 384.90:

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:

Download NVIDIA for Linux

There’s also a PPA repository lets you to easily install the new proprietary GPU drivers via Additional Drivers utility.

To add the PPA, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command:

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

graphics driver ppa

NOTE that the new driver release is not published in the PPA at the moment, once it’s available, install it via Additional Drivers utility:

additional drivers

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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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

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