Rotating Screen results in Black Screen [Ubuntu 16.04]

I am trying to rotate my monitor into portrait mode (rotate 90 degrees) but getting a black screen after applying display changes.

I’ve tried and failed with all three methods:

  1. Ubuntu "Display" application
  2. NVIDIA X Server Settings application
  3. Shell command: "xrandr --output HDMI-1 --rotate left"



  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Official NVIDIA Driver installed via Ubuntu Settings > Software & Updates > Additional Drivers > installed nvidia-396 (proprietary)
  • NVIDIA Driver Version: 396.37
  • XServer Version: 11.0
  • XServer Vendor Version: 1.19.6 (119060000)
  • NV-CONTROL Versoin 1.29
try using a newer driver from the graphics ppa or revert to nvidia-390.

switching back to nvidia-390 and rebooting solved the problem. Thanks!