Ubuntu 17.04 Install Nvidia Drivers

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Quick guide on how to install nvidia drivers on a fresh install of Ubuntu 17.04 with full disk encryption. The following steps were tested with a GTX 1070 and Intel HD Graphics 530 integrated graphics.

  • Boot and install via normal usb ubuntu installer
  • After installation reboot and login
  • Run update system software via terminal
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Reboot system
  • Switch to tty1 by ctl-alt-f1 and login
  • Stop x
sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop
  • Remove the default nouveau drivers:
sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
  • Add nvidia ppa and install correct driver version replacing nvidia-381 with whatever version you’d like
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-381
sudo nvidia-xconfig
  • Edit file /etc/default/grub with your favorite editor
  • Edit line 11
From: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet nosplash noplymouth"
To:   GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet"
  • Uncomment line 25 and change to your monitor’s resolution (for aesthetics)
GRUB_GFXMODE=2560x1440
  • Then update grub and reboot
update-grub
reboot

Note: the first first booting after these changes might only show a black screen, just type in the encryption password and enter and it should login. This seems to only happen the first time.