Objective

The objective is to disable the default Nouveau kernel driver on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Requirements

Privileged access to to your Ubuntu 18.04 Linux installation will be required.

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)

Instructions

Blacklist Nvidia nouveau driver

Open up terminal and enter the following linux commands:
$ sudo bash -c "echo blacklist nouveau > /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nvidia-nouveau.conf"
$ sudo bash -c "echo options nouveau modeset=0 >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nvidia-nouveau.conf"
Confirm the content of the new modprobe config file:
$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nvidia-nouveau.conf
blacklist nouveau
options nouveau modeset=0

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Update kernel initramfs

Enter the following linux command to regenerate initramfs:
$ sudo update-initramfs -u

Reboot

All should be ready now. Reboot your system:
$ sudo reboot
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