[How to] Reinstall NVIDIA Graphics Driver

If you are willing to Reinstall Your NVIDIA Graphics Driver, Follow the Following Guide.

To Remove Each and every NVIDIA Driver From your PC,

sudo apt remove --purge '^nvidia-.*'
sudo apt install --reinstall zorin-os-desktop
sudo apt autoremove

To Install the Perfect NVIDIA Drivers.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
ubuntu-drivers devices
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
apt search nvidia-driver

How to Select the Best Driver Number for Your Graphic Card.

Enter your Graphic Card Details and take Reference From this Link :smiley:

sudo apt install [driver_name]

driver_name = nvidia-(driver number from the link above)

sudo reboot

Ubuntu comes with some preinstalled open-source graphic drivers (Xorg). They are enough for office and some games, but of course they get far less power out of your graphics hardware than a proprietary driver would do. Its advantage is that it is open-source and pretty stable, while proprietary drivers (e.g. those from NVIDIA) often cause problems and are complicated to install correctly.

So you have to decide between simplicity, flexibility and stability (Xorg) and advanced capabilities and best use of the card's power (proprietary).


I just reinstalled using this method, Looks like I am going to enjoy my next gaming session :nerd_face:


I did that too, But I still do not have any idea about how to find the drive number. So, I Installed the First one Listed there. Now I am going to try again.


Should I Go for it?


Yeah, For Gamer's it is a big yes.


@anon6471198 Thank you a lot, it's very useful.
Just two questions:

  • why in the first command you use apt-getinstead of apt? It is for the apt cache?
  • sudo apt install --reinstall zorin-os-desktopis necessary in case the purge had removed some package still necessary?
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It is personally your choice, how to address the command as per your needs, the command you mentioned deletes all present NVIDIA drivers in one Go, rather than selecting the package name and then purging.

In many cases the desktop is removed turning the screen black after reboot, that is why I think he included the command to reinstall the desktop.


apt is a newer version of apt-get. While it is still currently supported, there is a plan to deprecate apt-get. Using either is still accepted. A lot of the web guides offer the apt-get commands out of familiarity and habit.


It does confuse a bit...
APT is Advanced Package Tool. APT is not present on the users system, it is what is used to retrieve packages. To Communicate with APT, you must have apt or apt-get installed. Using the apt or apt-get command means you are using the apt software or the apt-get software to communicate with APT to get a package.
You also have other options...
You can install aptitude software, which I personally prefer, for the same function. Aptitude comes with a bit more versatility and helpful prompts.
But in the end, apt, apt-get or aptitude are all software that work with APT to install packages to your system.

User @337harvey has outlined how the current apt is the newer version to apt-get.
You may find some older guides that advise to use apt-get instead of apt. These guides are outdated and reference a time before the current apt manager was released.


For me what working the best.

Starting the Installer

After you have downloaded the file NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-515.65.01.run, change to the directory containing the downloaded file, and as the root user run the executable:
sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-515.65.01.run -s
if you get info installation failed then use that command

sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-515.65.01.run --add-this-kernel

This will unpack NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-515.65.01.run, compile a kernel interface layer for the currently running kernel (use the --kernel-source-path and --kernel-output-path options to specify a target kernel other than the currently running one), and create a new installer package with the kernel interface layer added.
That is all.

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