If you need only the driver without CUDA, you can follow these steps.
Here we will be installing CUDA 11.0 for Ubuntu 20.04. We start by obtaining the file;
Before installing, we will need to install some dependencies:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential gcc-multilib dkms
Next, we make the file executable and run it:
sudo chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-450.51.06.run
Follow the instructions given by the installer. You can choose to use DKMS, the 32-bit files are not needed.
If it gives the following error:
"For some distributions, Nouveau can be disabled by adding a file in the modprobe configuration directory. Would you like nvidia-installer to attempt to create this modprobe file for you?"
Select 'Yes' and continue with step 2b. If it did not give an error, proceed with step 3.
The installer will fail if the nouveau driver was active (no worries!). Just follow these extra steps:
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"
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo reboot -h now
After rebooting we start the installer again:
You can choose to use DKMS, the 32-bit files are not needed.
After installation, you can check the output of “nvidia-smi”, you should see your GPU’s, driver version and CUDA version. If all is looking good, we will modify our startup script;
sudo nano /etc/rc.local
nvidia-smi -pm 1
nvidia-smi -e 0
/etc/rc.local should look like this:
If you are wondering what the script does;
“#!/bin/bash”: required to let the shell know to use bash. (this is not a normal comment, not a optional line)
“nvidia-smi -pm 1”: This will enable persistence mode to keep the driver loaded (which will increase the speed of some actions).
“nvidia-smi -e 0”: This will disable error correcting on the memory of the GPU. This is safe to do for most applications and will allow using more GPU memory.
“exit 0”: Save and close the script.
Let’s make the file executable and reboot:
sudo chmod +x /etc/rc.local
And that’s it, you are ready to use your GPU’s! You can confirm the status of persistence mode and ecc by running 'nvidia-smi'