Black screen after install of nvidia driver ubuntu

Hi! I have a dual boot on a desktop PC (Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10), I have an ASUS motherboard with an AMD Ryzen processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. The PC stopped being able to boot after I downloaded updates: “sudo apt update” and “sudo apt upgrade”. Currently, after attempting a normal boot of Ubuntu 20.04, I get a blank screen with a terminal cursor blinking and then the terminal cursor is frozen, the PC remains unresponsive. Currently I can only boot the computer in {recovery mode + network + root access}.

I tried reinstalling the nvidia drivers (versions 460 and 465) several times, and have tried different proposed solutions listed on this and other threads.

Here is my nvidia-bug-report.log
nvidia-bug-report.log.gz (99.6 KB)

I would appreciate any solution or something that I could test next. Thanks in advance!

Actually, for anybody having this issue, I just googled a few times more. I found that there might be some issue in the nvidia-driver-460 after the version 80. Solution, install by hand the version 460.73. (This solution worked for me.)

I got the tip from here:
issue: Ubuntu freezing on boot after Nvidia driver installation
solution: 465.24.02 page fault - #102 by chainofflowers
driver version that worked for me (460.73):

Hi, thanks for your reply. Here is my nvidia log file attached. Thanks :)
nvidia-bug-report.log.gz (1.2 MB)

You have a hybrid graphics notebook so both intel and nvidia gpu will have to work.
The kernel is too old for the intel gpu, please upgrade HWE:
Then nouveau is still active, please blacklist it, create /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-blacklist.conf

blacklist nouveau

and run
sudo update-initramfs -u
Finally, please delete /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Hi everybody,
I have freshly installed Ubuntu 20.04 in a dual boot setup with WIndows10 (also freshly installed, and Nvidia driver is working). Installing the newest Nvidia driver 460.80 on Ubuntu results in black screen after boot with my default kernel 5.8.0-59 (using Ctr+Alt+F3 for a terminal to get some info). However I can boot the backup kernel But in both cases nvidia-smi reports: “NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn’t communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.” Now I tried some solutions presented here and others in the Nvidia forum. None worked. The bug-report is attached but please note that a black screen suddenly showed up during the run of “” … resulting in hitting the reset button on my machine.
Thank you for your support.
nvidia-bug-report.log.gz (146.4 KB)

nvidia-bug-report.log.gz (342.3 KB)
Hello, I’m using AERO15-XA 9750h+2070M. I was installing 20.04 with 460+cuda10.1 and works fine, but when I upgrade it to 470 and install cuda11, it goes black screen with only cursor afterward. I switch between 460, 460-server, and 470, and doesn’t work. here’s my bug report. Plz, help.

I have a similar issue.
I installed the recommended, tested nvidia driver
460 on my Ryzen 5600H, gtx 1650 laptop and it won’t reboot. Black screen, blinking cursor. I don’t know how to remove it (I’ve read a lot of forums but I’m scared I’ll mess something up) and which Nvidia version should I switch to (or if I should give up for now and go back to nouveau).
Thank you very much!

Edit: forgot to mention this was after a ubuntu 21.04 fresh install (worked fine) and switching to proprietary drivers (crashed).

I was trying to run Ubuntu 20.04 on an Alienware m15 r4 with RTX 3080 and had the same issue with the internal display not working (external display was working). For me upgrading to the 470 beta driver solved the issue.

I upgraded from 16.04 with an install of 396 to 20.04. The driver installer no longer worked on this version so I tried to install the latest driver of nvidia-driver-470. After doing so I end up booting into a black screen, the log is attached. nvidia-driver-460 also doesn’t work. The only version that is working so far has been nvidia-driver-390, but I would like to upgrade to a newer driver to use newer cuda versions.

nvidia-bug-report.log (354.5 KB)

made an account to paste what I had to get this trashfire working on a new thinkpad. why is this so much suffering

  • thinkpad extreme g3 32g ram
  • nvidia 1650 ti

bios settings that worked:

  • graphics mode: discrete
  • secure boot off
  • slow boot

os settings:

  • ubuntu 21.04 (18, 20 didnt work)
  • kernel 5.11.0-31 generic (5.10 might be easier to get working but I didn’t have any packages for it, avoid oem kernels)
  • driver: nvidia-driver-450 (and related deps)
  • nvidia-prime: yes
  • blacklist nouveau: yes



Tried so many installs of the nvidia driver manually and so many versions/kernels, they all resulted in some form of a black screen/freeze. after may kernel swaps, reinstalls I tried an older ubuntu driver meta-package (nvidia-driver-450) and for some reason I haven’t had any black screens. I’m probably 1 apt-get install from calamity.

anyways, good luck friends

(to anyone reading from ubuntu or nvidia, I will pay you so much money for stable, easy to scaffold linux installs for portable desktop computing. why is this still so hard in 2021? )

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EDIT: I have managed to install video drivers for both Intel and Nvidia on MX Linux 19.4 KDE Plasma, AHS version.

I have prepared fresh Linux Mint 20.2 install on HP Pavilion 15-eg0079nw equipped with both: Intel i915 and Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPUs, 11th generation processor.

After installing updates, I installed nvidia v 460.91.03 driver from distro repositories. After rebooting I received black screen, but managed to ssh and created log in attachment. More info on Mint Forum

Can you help resolve the issue?

Guys can you help me with this ?


I am have long been struggling to get rid of the black screen.
Ubuntu 20.04, Nvidia-driver-470
GM107GLM [Quadro M2000M]

Have tried all solutions above many times but have not succeeded in months. With blackscreen I can still login via terminal and see all specs with nvidia-smi…

To start the gui I load older kernels like those in the 5.4.0-5XX-generic family to activate the gui. But at that stage I get the

NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn’t communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.

Attached is my log report.

Please let me know if you can suggest any fix.
Thank you

nvidia-bug-report.log (124.8 KB)

@generix I have a fresh ubuntu installation with this very same problem as posted here:

Considering that this is a fresh installation I don’t have the older kernel. Is it possible to downgrade the kernel in this situation?