Broke CUDA by upgrading driver and can't recover


I’m trying to fix a broken CUDA/NVIDIA setup using Titan XP, Ubuntu 18.04, CUDA 9 and NVIDIA driver version 387.26. I had installed CUDA and the drivers with the runfile and am using the onboard VGA for video output.

This was working fine till nvidia-smi indicated a driver update was available. Someone updated the driver, it broke the CUDA support and caused a login loop.

It seems that they installed the repo drivers on top of the runfile drivers. I used the runfile because I use onboard VGA and need the option to not install the nvidia opengl libs. If I let it install those, I get a login loop with Unity desktop.

I tried uninstalling and purging the nvidia* packages from repo and with the uninstaller to get to a clean state for re-install. The runfile is now giving me errors.

I can install the repo driver and I can run nvidia-smi, but I have the login loop problem because the repo method overwrites my opengl-libs.

Any advice on how to fix this would be great.

Thank you for your time.

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Wed Apr 24 17:25:09 2019
installer version: 387.26

PATH: /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/snap/bin

nvidia-installer command line:

Using built-in stream user interface
-> Detected 12 CPUs online; setting concurrency level to 12.
-> License accepted by command line option.
-> Installing NVIDIA driver version 387.26.
-> There appears to already be a driver installed on your system (version: 387.26).  As part of installing this driver (version: 387.26), the existing driver will be uninstalled.  Are you sure you want to continue? (Answer: Continue installation)
-> Running distribution scripts
   executing: '/usr/lib/nvidia/pre-install'...
-> done.
-> The distribution-provided pre-install script failed!  Are you sure you want to continue? (Answer: Continue installation)
WARNING: One or more modprobe configuration files to disable Nouveau are already present at: /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf.  Please be sure you have rebooted your system since these files were written.  If you have rebooted, then Nouveau may be enabled for other reasons, such as being included in the system initial ramdisk or in your X configuration file.  Please consult the NVIDIA driver README and your Linux distribution's documentation for details on how to correctly disable the Nouveau kernel driver.
-> For some distributions, Nouveau can be disabled by adding a file in the modprobe configuration directory.  Would you like nvidia-installer to attempt to create this modprobe file for you? (Answer: Yes)
-> One or more modprobe configuration files to disable Nouveau have been written.  For some distributions, this may be sufficient to disable Nouveau; other distributions may require modification of the initial ramdisk.  Please reboot your system and attempt NVIDIA driver installation again.  Note if you later wish to reenable Nouveau, you will need to delete these files: /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf
-> Would you like to register the kernel module sources with DKMS? This will allow DKMS to automatically build a new module, if you install a different kernel later. (Answer: Yes)
-> Installing both new and classic TLS OpenGL libraries.
-> Installing both new and classic TLS 32bit OpenGL libraries.
-> Install NVIDIA's 32-bit compatibility libraries? (Answer: Yes)
-> Uninstalling the previous installation with /usr/bin/nvidia-uninstall.
-> Searching for conflicting files:
-> done.
-> Installing 'NVIDIA Accelerated Graphics Driver for Linux-x86_64' (387.26):
   executing: '/sbin/ldconfig'...
-> done.
-> Driver file installation is complete.
-> Installing DKMS kernel module:
ERROR: Failed to run `/usr/sbin/dkms build -m nvidia -v 387.26 -k 4.4.0-145-generic`: 
Kernel preparation unnecessary for this kernel.  Skipping...

Building module:
cleaning build area....
'make' -j12 NV_EXCLUDE_BUILD_MODULES='' KERNEL_UNAME=4.4.0-145-generic modules.....(bad exit status: 2)
ERROR (dkms apport): binary package for nvidia: 387.26 not found
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 4.4.0-145-generic (x86_64)
Consult /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/make.log for more information.
-> error.
ERROR: Failed to install the kernel module through DKMS. No kernel module was installed; please try installing again without DKMS, or check the DKMS logs for more information.
ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.  You may find suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux driver download page at
DKMS make.log for nvidia-387.26 for kernel 4.4.0-145-generic (x86_64)
Wed Apr 24 17:25:18 EDT 2019
make[1]: Entering directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.4.0-145-generic'
  SYMLINK /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-kernel.o
  SYMLINK /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia-modeset/nv-modeset-kernel.o
 CONFTEST: remap_pfn_range
 CONFTEST: hash__remap_4k_pfn
 CONFTEST: follow_pfn
 CONFTEST: set_pages_uc
 CONFTEST: set_memory_uc
 CONFTEST: set_memory_array_uc
 CONFTEST: change_page_attr
 CONFTEST: pci_choose_state
 CONFTEST: pci_get_class
 CONFTEST: vm_insert_page
 CONFTEST: acpi_device_id
 CONFTEST: acquire_console_sem
 CONFTEST: console_lock
 CONFTEST: kmem_cache_create
 CONFTEST: on_each_cpu
 CONFTEST: smp_call_function
 CONFTEST: acpi_evaluate_integer
 CONFTEST: ioremap_cache
 CONFTEST: ioremap_wc
 CONFTEST: acpi_walk_namespace
 CONFTEST: pci_domain_nr
 CONFTEST: sg_alloc_table
 CONFTEST: pci_dma_mapping_error
 CONFTEST: pci_get_domain_bus_and_slot
 CONFTEST: get_num_physpages
 CONFTEST: sg_init_table
 CONFTEST: efi_enabled
 CONFTEST: proc_create_data
 CONFTEST: pde_data
 CONFTEST: proc_remove
 CONFTEST: pm_vt_switch_required
 CONFTEST: xen_ioemu_inject_msi
 CONFTEST: phys_to_dma
 CONFTEST: get_dma_ops
 CONFTEST: write_cr4
 CONFTEST: of_get_property
 CONFTEST: of_find_node_by_phandle
 CONFTEST: of_node_to_nid
 CONFTEST: pnv_pci_get_npu_dev
 CONFTEST: for_each_online_node
 CONFTEST: node_end_pfn
 CONFTEST: pci_bus_address
 CONFTEST: pci_stop_and_remove_bus_device
 CONFTEST: pci_remove_bus_device
 CONFTEST: request_threaded_irq
 CONFTEST: register_cpu_notifier
 CONFTEST: cpuhp_setup_state
 CONFTEST: backlight_device_register
 CONFTEST: remap_page_range
 CONFTEST: address_space_init_once
 CONFTEST: kbasename
 CONFTEST: fatal_signal_pending
 CONFTEST: list_cut_position
 CONFTEST: vzalloc
 CONFTEST: wait_on_bit_lock_argument_count
 CONFTEST: bitmap_clear
 CONFTEST: usleep_range
 CONFTEST: radix_tree_empty
 CONFTEST: drm_dev_unref
 CONFTEST: drm_reinit_primary_mode_group
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_set_mode_for_crtc
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_clean_old_fb
 CONFTEST: get_user_pages_remote
 CONFTEST: drm_gem_object_lookup
 CONFTEST: drm_driver_has_gem_prime_res_obj
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_state_free
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_helper_disable_all
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_helper_set_config
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_helper_connector_dpms
 CONFTEST: is_export_symbol_gpl_of_node_to_nid
 CONFTEST: i2c_adapter
 CONFTEST: pm_message_t
 CONFTEST: irq_handler_t
 CONFTEST: acpi_device_ops
 CONFTEST: acpi_op_remove
 CONFTEST: outer_flush_all
 CONFTEST: proc_dir_entry
 CONFTEST: scatterlist
 CONFTEST: sg_table
 CONFTEST: file_operations
 CONFTEST: vm_operations_struct
 CONFTEST: atomic_long_type
 CONFTEST: pci_save_state
 CONFTEST: file_inode
 CONFTEST: task_struct
 CONFTEST: kuid_t
 CONFTEST: dma_ops
 CONFTEST: dma_map_ops
 CONFTEST: noncoherent_swiotlb_dma_ops
 CONFTEST: vm_fault_present
 CONFTEST: vm_fault_has_address
 CONFTEST: kernel_write
 CONFTEST: strnstr
 CONFTEST: iterate_dir
 CONFTEST: kstrtoull
 CONFTEST: backlight_properties_type
 CONFTEST: fault_flags
 CONFTEST: atomic64_type
 CONFTEST: address_space
 CONFTEST: backing_dev_info
 CONFTEST: mm_context_t
 CONFTEST: pnv_npu2_init_context
 CONFTEST: vm_ops_fault_removed_vma_arg
 CONFTEST: drm_bus_present
 CONFTEST: drm_bus_has_bus_type
 CONFTEST: drm_bus_has_get_irq
 CONFTEST: drm_bus_has_get_name
 CONFTEST: drm_driver_has_legacy_dev_list
 CONFTEST: drm_driver_has_set_busid
 CONFTEST: drm_crtc_state_has_connectors_changed
 CONFTEST: drm_init_function_args
 CONFTEST: drm_mode_connector_list_update_has_merge_type_bits_arg
 CONFTEST: drm_helper_mode_fill_fb_struct
 CONFTEST: drm_master_drop_has_from_release_arg
 CONFTEST: drm_mode_config_funcs_has_atomic_state_alloc
 CONFTEST: drm_driver_unload_has_int_return_type
 CONFTEST: kref_has_refcount_of_type_refcount_t
 CONFTEST: drm_crtc_helper_funcs_has_atomic_enable
 CONFTEST: dom0_kernel_present
 CONFTEST: nvidia_vgpu_kvm_build
 CONFTEST: nvidia_grid_build
 CONFTEST: drm_available
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_available
 CONFTEST: drm_atomic_modeset_nonblocking_commit_available
 CONFTEST: is_export_symbol_gpl_refcount_inc
 CONFTEST: is_export_symbol_gpl_refcount_dec_and_test
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-gpu-numa.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-acpi.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-chrdev.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-cray.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-dma.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-gvi.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-i2c.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-mempool.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-mmap.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-p2p.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-pat.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-procfs.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-usermap.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-vm.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-vtophys.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-interface.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-pci.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-usermap.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-registry.o
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-modeset-interface.o
In file included from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-linux.h:21:0,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:15:
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c: In function ‘os_lock_user_pages’:
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:120:48: warning: passing argument 6 of ‘get_user_pages’ makes pointer from integer without a cast [-Wint-conversion]
                             page_count, write, force, user_pages, NULL);
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-mm.h:106:70: note: in definition of macro ‘NV_GET_USER_PAGES’
         get_user_pages(current, current->mm, start, nr_pages, write, force, pages, vmas)
In file included from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-pgprot.h:17:0,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-linux.h:20,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:15:
include/linux/mm.h:1222:6: note: expected ‘struct page **’ but argument is of type ‘NvBool {aka unsigned char}’
 long get_user_pages(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
In file included from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-linux.h:21:0,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:15:
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:120:55: warning: passing argument 7 of ‘get_user_pages’ from incompatible pointer type [-Wincompatible-pointer-types]
                             page_count, write, force, user_pages, NULL);
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-mm.h:106:77: note: in definition of macro ‘NV_GET_USER_PAGES’
         get_user_pages(current, current->mm, start, nr_pages, write, force, pages, vmas)
In file included from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-pgprot.h:17:0,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-linux.h:20,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:15:
include/linux/mm.h:1222:6: note: expected ‘struct vm_area_struct **’ but argument is of type ‘struct page **’
 long get_user_pages(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
In file included from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-linux.h:21:0,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:15:
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-mm.h:106:9: error: too many arguments to function ‘get_user_pages’
         get_user_pages(current, current->mm, start, nr_pages, write, force, pages, vmas)
/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:119:11: note: in expansion of macro ‘NV_GET_USER_PAGES’
     ret = NV_GET_USER_PAGES((unsigned long)address,
In file included from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-pgprot.h:17:0,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/common/inc/nv-linux.h:20,
                 from /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.c:15:
include/linux/mm.h:1222:6: note: declared here
 long get_user_pages(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,
  CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/nv-pci-table.o
scripts/ recipe for target '/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.o' failed
make[2]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build/nvidia/os-mlock.o] Error 1
make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
Makefile:1454: recipe for target '_module_/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build' failed
make[1]: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/nvidia/387.26/build] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.4.0-145-generic'
Makefile:84: recipe for target 'modules' failed
make: *** [modules] Error 2
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The v387 driver is too old for the used kernel. Use v418.56 :