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

I get the error in the title whenever I try to run NVIDIA-SMI; I’ve looked all over the forum and tired a lot of stuff but I cant seem to get this error to go away. In the past I was able to black list Nouveau along with using egpu-swither to get NVIDIA-SMI to populate. I’ve made sure that secure boot is disabled, and have downloaded new drivers and CUDA toolkit but still nothing. can someone please help? I’ve attached a copy of my log file for reference…

nvidia-bug-report.log.gz (635.8 KB)

I think this is my issue, I just cant figure out how to stop nouveau or nvidiafb from claiming ownership. Again any help would be great! Thanks