I have a system with Ubuntu 14.04 (I know it’s very old, but it’s supposed to be still supported by both Ubuntu and Nvidia), a GeForce GTX 960 (connected to the screen) and a Titan Xp.
In an effort to update from CUDA 8.0 to 10.0 (version 10.0.130-1 in particular), I got a black screen at startup and then failure to recover lead to two re-installations of the system. As a result, I found that nvidia-418 driver (version 418.87.01 in particular) was causing the problem, with or without CUDA, on a number of Linux kernels including 3.13.0-170-generic (the current one), 3.13.0-169-generic and 3.13.0-32-generic (on a fresh Ubuntu 14.04 without anything else installed). This is not happening with nvidia-410 (the current one) or any previous driver I was using for the last few years. It is happening however on the same system with the Nouveau driver.
nvidia-418 driver is a dependency of CUDA 10.0. Switching back to nvidia-410 uninstalls CUDA 10.0, and I am not sure what is situation with earlier versions of CUDA. Although I have not tried to install, CUDA 10.1 should not be any different because it brings the same driver, version 418.87.01. I guess that sooner or later in some system update, I would have the same issue without CUDA at all. Questions:
- Is there a known issue or fix related to nvidia-418 driver on Ubuntu 14.04?
- Can it be an issue with the GeForce GTX 960?
- Is it possible to install CUDA 10.0 or later without updating to nvidia-418?