I was experiencing problems with banding in some games and during videos with the NVidia 331 drivers in Ubuntu. I decided to try the latest driver from NVidia for my card, (
346.47 as of right now).
Spoiler: The latest driver solves the banding issues and is much more performant.
I ran the following to determine my exact graphics card:
$ lspci | grep VGA 02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK106 [GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost] (rev a1)
I then went to NVidia to download the driver for my card.
At first, I just ran the
sh file from NVidia without googling for anything hoping that the installer would guide me along the right path. I booted into recovery mode to install it. (hold
left shift during the grub boot screen -> Advanced Settings -> Enable Networking -> Root Shell).
During the installation, it complained to me about the distribution provided pre-install script failing. I haven't figured out why that is happening yet, but I was able to just continue the installation.
Anyway, after the installation successfully finished, I rebooted to a blank screen with a flashing cursor in which I couldn't do anything. Ughh, why can't things just be easy?
The part that ended up making it all work for me was adding the file to
/etc/modprobe.d to blacklist the nouveau driver. I found out later that an older NVidia installer (
NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-340.76.run) creates this file:
# generated by nvidia-installer blacklist nouveau options nouveau modeset=0
while the latest
Anyway, long story short, just follow the guide if you want to install manual NVidia drivers. And for me, it solved a lot of graphics and performance issues I was having.