RTX 2080 Notebook Linux Driver

I have an Alienware m17 laptop with Ubuntu 16.04 and a GeForce RTX 2080 Notebook GPU. I am trying to figure out which NVIDIA driver version is compatible with my GPU for Linux. I tried to find the correct version through the official “Download Drivers” portal (https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us) but it seems that there are no Linux drivers currently supported.

I tried downloading the Linux driver for the (desktop) GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, but this just led to the “login loop” problem on Ubuntu, so I ended up switching to the latest version I could find in the official Ubuntu archive (nvidia-384), but that doesn’t seem to be fully compatible either.

I found a post in the GeForce forum (https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/1099282/geforce-rtx-2080-notebooks-driver-for-linux-/) which suggested a particular driver, but this seemed to be the same version (418) that I had already tried, which was unsuccessful.

If someone could point me to the right NVIDIA driver to use for my GPU, that would be great. Thanks!


The latest RTX 2080 Max-Q driver is 418.43.



Thanks for your response! I did try installing the NVIDIA driver suggested but unfortunately ran into the same “login loop” issue that I had before.

However, I did manage to get things working by following the guidance of this post (https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1025402/linux/ubuntu14-04-install-graphic-driver-failed/), which suggests that only versions from a PPA or from the repos should be used on a laptop with NVIDIA Optimus (such as mine, which has both an integrated GPU and a discrete GPU). I ended up installing both the nvidia-415 (from the graphics PPA) and nvidia-prime packages on Ubuntu and things seem to work properly now.

Glad you found a workaround. Thanks for sharing.