With NVIDIA proprietary drivers, initial login screan appears only on mouse movement

Bug #1731068 reported by Michal Bultrowicz on 2017-11-08
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nvidia-graphics-drivers-384 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After installing the proprietary NVIDIA driver (384) I've been faced with a black screen after reboot. It turned out, that when I moved the mouse, the login screen appeared. The screen goes black immediately when I stop moving the mouse. I can normally put the password in on the black screen and go on with my life, but, you know, it doesn't look stable :)

After I get the system up from sleeping (which didn't work earlier but suddenly started working) the log in screen in displayed normally.

My system (Alienware 15 R3) has Intel's i7-7820HK and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile 8GB

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: xorg 1:7.7+19ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
.proc.driver.nvidia.gpus.0000.01.00.0: Error: [Errno 21] Is a directory: '/proc/driver/nvidia/gpus/0000:01:00.0'
.proc.driver.nvidia.registry: Binary: ""
 NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module 384.90 Tue Sep 19 19:17:35 PDT 2017
 GCC version: gcc version 7.2.0 (Ubuntu 7.2.0-8ubuntu3)
 Your system is not currently configured to drive a VGA console
 on the primary VGA device. The NVIDIA Linux graphics driver
 requires the use of a text-mode VGA console. Use of other console
 drivers including, but not limited to, vesafb, may result in
 corruption and stability problems, and is not supported.
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.1
Architecture: amd64
BootLog: /dev/sda2: clean, 200420/61046784 files, 6117516/244157440 blocks
CompositorRunning: None
CurrentDesktop: KDE
Date: Wed Nov 8 23:43:20 2017
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: artful
DistroVariant: kubuntu
 bbswitch, 0.8, 4.13.0-16-generic, x86_64: installed
 nvidia-384, 384.90, 4.13.0-16-generic, x86_64: installed
ExtraDebuggingInterest: No
 Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0774]
 NVIDIA Corporation GP104M [GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile] [10de:1be1] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Dell GP104M [GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile] [1028:07c0]
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-11-04 (4 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Release amd64 (20171017.1)
 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
 Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:58c2 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
 Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0cf3:e300 Atheros Communications, Inc.
 Bus 001 Device 002: ID 187c:0530 Alienware Corporation
 Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
MachineType: Alienware Alienware 15 R3
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.13.0-16-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=32edfbb9-d0bb-495a-9313-48b5ee124d2b ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: xorg
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 06/09/2017
dmi.bios.vendor: Alienware
dmi.bios.version: 1.1.8
dmi.board.name: Alienware 15 R3
dmi.board.vendor: Alienware
dmi.board.version: A00
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Alienware
dmi.chassis.version: Not Specified
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAlienware:bvr1.1.8:bd06/09/2017:svnAlienware:pnAlienware15R3:pvr1.1.8:rvnAlienware:rnAlienware15R3:rvrA00:cvnAlienware:ct10:cvrNotSpecified:
dmi.product.family: Alienware
dmi.product.name: Alienware 15 R3
dmi.product.version: 1.1.8
dmi.sys.vendor: Alienware
version.compiz: compiz N/A
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.83-1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 17.2.2-0ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 17.2.2-0ubuntu1
version.nvidia-graphics-drivers: nvidia-graphics-drivers-* N/A
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.19.5-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev N/A
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:7.10.0-1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.917+git20170309-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:1.0.15-2

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this bug to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 17.10 (artful) reached end-of-life on July 19, 2018.

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affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → nvidia-graphics-drivers-384 (Ubuntu)
Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers-384 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Won't Fix

Oh, damn, forgot that I put this up here. It was the same after switching to 18.04, but then I fixed it. Turns out that problems loading the graphics driver during boot are so common, that there's a grub option that disables it:


This needs to be set and Grub rebuilt. That should give you a visible command-line prompt for the drive password. After inputting that, the boot of the OS proceeds normally.

Since this is a good workaround (built into Grub, even), I'll close the ticket.

It would be great if this was more discoverable, though.

Oh, it's already closed. OK, then :)

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