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Nvidia installer

by joekamprad

As most newer cards will work with the latest (called nvidia) driver some older cards are not longer supported by the lates driver // see discussion here: xorg-server-update-causes-issues-with-nvidia-propritary-drivers

Latest changes on supported Cards by Driver versions:

newly moved to legacy:
  • 390xx –> works with xorg 1.20 (current version)

GeForce 400/500/600 series cards [NVCx and NVDx]

So called unsupported drivers:
  • 340xx –> unsupported use Nouveau

GeForce 8/9, ION and 100-300 series cards [NV5x, NV8x, NV9x and NVAx]

  • 304xx –> unsupported use Nouveau

For GeForce 6/7 series cards [NV4x and NV6x]

  • 173xx –> unsupported use Nouveau

GeForce 5 FX series cards [NV30-NV36]

  • 96xx –> unsupported use Nouveau

GeForce 2/3/4 MX/Ti series cards [NV11, NV17-NV28]

nvidia-installer only supports the latest driver and nvidia-390xx

To see what driver version support your card go here:


Put in the info for your card, and choose Linux-64bit as OS.

All supported cards for nvidia-390xx:


For GeForce it seems to show all drivers only on this page:



nvidia-installer -h

usage: nvidia-installer [-h] [-b] [-f] [-t] [-q] [-n]

Antergos Nvidia Installer v1.12

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  -b, --bumblebee  For Nvidia Optimus cards (Bumblebee + proprietary Nvidia drivers)
  -f, --force      Force driver installation even if a nvidia card is not detected
  -t, --test       Test mode. Nothing in your system will be modified
  -q, --quiet      Supress log messages
  -n, --nouveau    Restores nouveau (open) nvidia driver

Install Nvidia proprietary drivers

sudo pacman -S nvidia-installer

testrun for installation:

nvidia-installer -t  

if it does not putout error run real install:

sudo nvidia-installer

this will install nvidia proprietary drivers and do some configuration inside /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/

sudo systemctl reboot

And you are on nvidia drivers!

If you want KMS (no requirement)

to get maybe want gnome-wayland-session working you need to hack a bit after this…

adding nvidia-drm.modeset=1 to the kernel parameter inside grub:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and put nvidia-drm.modeset=1 inside as you can see here:

# GRUB boot loader configuration



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nvidia-drm.modeset=1 resume=UUID=*****

save the file [Ctrl+X] and rebuild the grub.cfg:

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

edit mkinitcpio.conf to get the module inside:

sudo nano /etc/mkinitcpio.conf

and edit like this:

# vim:set ft=sh


# The following modules are loaded before any boot hooks are

# run. Advanced users may wish to specify all system modules

# in this array. For instance:

# MODULES="piix ide_disk reiserfs"



save the file as above…

rebuild kernel image:

sudo mkinitcpio -p linux

replace linux with linux-lts if you are using lts kernel….

reboot again and you shpuld have early boot enabled…

this will make it possible to run a GNOME session on wayland together with GDM instead of lightdm…

Avoid screen tearing

and i have nvidia-settings installed and run it on login with this to get better video quality:

nvidia-settings --assign CurrentMetaMode="nvidia-auto-select +0+0 { ForceFullCompositionPipeline = On }"


You can add this to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf like this:

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Nvidia Card"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    Option "NoLogo" "true"

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "nvidia"
        Option         "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0 { ForceFullCompositionPipeline = On }"

        Option          "TripleBuffer"                  "on"
        Option          "AllowIndirectGLXProtocol"      "off"


is also possible to install with this little helper:

sudo nvidia-installer -b

This will look like this:

nvidia-installer -b
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Antergos Nvidia Installer v1.12
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: All logs will be stored in /tmp/nvidia-installer.log
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Installing bumblebee driver...
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Removing conflicting packages...
2017-12-17 17:02:29 [INFO]: Downloading and installing driver packages, please wait...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Adding user antergos to bumblebee group...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: gpasswd -a antergos bumblebee
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Adding user antergos to video group...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: gpasswd -a antergos video
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Enabling bumblebeed.service service...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: systemctl enable bumblebeed.service
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Patching /usr/share/applications/nvidia-settings.desktop...
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf not found. That's ok.
2017-12-17 17:04:43 [INFO]: Installation finished. You need to reboot now!


If you have trouble booting into the graphical system on bumblebee you can blacklist nvidia and nouveau drivers from grub kernel boot line:

adding modprobe.blacklist=nouveau if you do not have nvidia drivers installed, so it will boot with intel GPU only.

adding both: modprobe.blacklist=nouveau modprobe.blacklist=nvidia if you have nvidia drivers installed, as it may load nouveau-driver from kernel (if not already blacklisted).

Simple press “e” (for edit) when you reach grub boot menu:

  • Use the arrow keys to find the line looks like this: linux /vmlinuz=linux root=UUID=…… rw quiet resume=…. (… = long snake of numbers)
  • put systemd.unit=multi-user.target right after rw like this: rw modprobe.blacklist=nouveau modprobe.blacklist=nvidia resume=....
  • Press Ctrl+X to boot with this parameter.

For EFI/UEFI boot:

press “e” use right arrow key to reach the end of the line and add parameter at the end press enter to boot.

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