No screen on boot after installing Nvidia proprietary drivers

Hello, I'm new here, just installed my first linux distro yesterday. I'm using the Manjaro KDE Edition on a custom desktop with a single monitor (though I plan to add monitors in the future). I've been able to get Manjaro working perfectly up until I try to install proprietary NVIDIA drivers (specifically, I want video-nvidia-440xx , though video-nvidia-390xx is apparently not working either).

When I install the proprietary drivers (through manjaro settings manager OR terminal, using auto OR manual), I can get through the BIOS splash screen just fine and access GRUB. I can open TTY3 and make any changes I need to from there. But as soon as I try to boot into normal mode, one of two things will happen:
1) PC hangs at BIOS splash screen, Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn't work, no access to TTY, needs hard reset
2) PC gets through BIOS splash screen, monitor stops getting signal immediately afterward.
I have not been able to figure out why these results are inconsistent. As far as I can tell, nothing has changed in the system itself.

Open-source graphics drivers have been working fine, but I'd like to have the proprietary so I can start gaming. I'd really appreciate some help getting this set up; I've been working at this problem for almost 24 hours now, and while I have learned a lot about system architecture, at this point I'd rather have my PC running at full capacity.

I keep hearing things about Bumblebee and/or Optimus, but from what I can tell, those are laptop-oriented. Nvidia's Optimus page lists supported gpus, and no desktop gpus are on there. I have not been able to find any solid information about that, but I'll keep trying while I wait for replies.

Let me know if you need more information.

System Info

Output from `inxi -Fxx` on stable install:
System:    Host: hunter-ms7971 Kernel: 5.6.19-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.1.0 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.19.3 
           tk: Qt 5.15.0 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: MSI model: Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) v: 1.0 serial: <root required> UEFI: American Megatrends 
           v: 1.80 date: 01/22/2016 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-6600K bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Skylake-S rev: 3 L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 28009 
           Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP102 [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nouveau v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 
           chip ID: 10de:1b06 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: nouveau unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa 
           compositor: kwin_x11 resolution: 2560x1440~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: NV132 v: 4.3 Mesa 20.1.3 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 100 Series/C230 Series Family HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:a170 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP102 HDMI Audio vendor: eVga.com. driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 
           chip ID: 10de:10ef 
           Device-3: GYROCOM C&C DigiHug USB Audio type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 1-6:2 
           chip ID: 1852:7022 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.6.19-2-MANJARO 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel 
           port: d000 bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 4c:cc:6a:24:97:7f 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.59 TiB used: 24.52 GiB (1.5%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: S2R5NX0H510079B 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: S3Z8NB0K901402B 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 500GB size: 465.76 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: S21JNXAGB45014A 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 906.94 GiB used: 24.52 GiB (2.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2 
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.80 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb3 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 36.5 C mobo: 29.8 C gpu: nouveau temp: 29 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nouveau fan: 0 
Info:      Processes: 178 Uptime: 46m Memory: 15.61 GiB used: 2.02 GiB (12.9%) Init: systemd v: 245 Compilers: gcc: 10.1.0 
           Shell: bash v: 5.0.18 running in: konsole inxi: 3.0.37

Output from mhwd -l -d --pci on stable install:

 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e[1me[31m> e[mPCI Device: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/0000:03:00.0 (0200:10ec:8168)
  Network controller Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  > AVAILABLE:

   NAME:	network-r8168
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2016.04.20
   INFO:	RealTek RTL-8168 Gigabit Ethernet driver
   PRIORITY:	0
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0200 
   VENDORIDS:	1186 10ec 


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e[1me[31m> e[mPCI Device: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 (0300:10de:1b06)
  Display controller nVidia Corporation GP102 [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  > INSTALLED:

   NAME:	video-linux
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2018.05.04
   INFO:	Standard open source drivers.
   PRIORITY:	2
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0380 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	1002 8086 10de 



  > AVAILABLE:

   NAME:	video-nvidia-440xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	8
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-435xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	7
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-430xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	6
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-418xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	5
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-390xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	4
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-linux
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2018.05.04
   INFO:	Standard open source drivers.
   PRIORITY:	2
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0380 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	1002 8086 10de 

   NAME:	video-modesetting
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2020.01.13
   INFO:	X.org modesetting video driver.
   PRIORITY:	1
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 
   VENDORIDS:	* 

   NAME:	video-vesa
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2017.03.12
   INFO:	X.org vesa video driver.
   PRIORITY:	0
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 
   VENDORIDS:	*

Output from mhwd -l -d --pci on unstable install:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#[1m#[31m> #[mPCI Device: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/0000:03:00.0 (0200:10ec:8168)
  Network controller Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  > AVAILABLE:

   NAME:	network-r8168
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2016.04.20
   INFO:	RealTek RTL-8168 Gigabit Ethernet driver
   PRIORITY:	0
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0200 
   VENDORIDS:	1186 10ec 


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#[1m#[31m> #[mPCI Device: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 (0300:10de:1b06)
  Display controller nVidia Corporation GP102 [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  > INSTALLED:

   NAME:	video-nvidia-440xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	8
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 



  > AVAILABLE:

   NAME:	video-nvidia-440xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	8
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-435xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	7
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-430xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	6
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-418xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	5
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-nvidia-390xx
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2019.10.25
   INFO:	Closed source NVIDIA drivers for linux.
   PRIORITY:	4
   FREEDRIVER:	false
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-340xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-418xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-430xx-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-435xx-prime video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-440xx-prime video-nvidia-340xx video-nvidia-390xx video-nvidia-418xx video-nvidia-430xx video-nvidia-435xx video-nvidia-440xx [elite@elite-pc nvidia-440xx 
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	10de 

   NAME:	video-linux
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2018.05.04
   INFO:	Standard open source drivers.
   PRIORITY:	2
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 0380 0302 
   VENDORIDS:	1002 8086 10de 

   NAME:	video-modesetting
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2020.01.13
   INFO:	X.org modesetting video driver.
   PRIORITY:	1
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 
   VENDORIDS:	* 

   NAME:	video-vesa
   ATTACHED:	PCI
   VERSION:	2017.03.12
   INFO:	X.org vesa video driver.
   PRIORITY:	0
   FREEDRIVER:	true
   DEPENDS:	-
   CONFLICTS:	-
   CLASSIDS:	0300 
   VENDORIDS:	* 


I hope this is enough information (though maybe it's too much) -- I really appreciate any help y'all can give me.

Hi,
had the same issue (with an AMD laptop though)

try this :

cd /etc/X11/mhwd.d
mv nvidia.conf nvidia.confffff

This will rename the configuration file that is generated by mhwd when you install the driver (you might need to add sudo at the beginning of the second line)

This didn't work, unfortunately. I tried with installations of both video-nvidia-440xx and -390xx. Thanks for the suggestion; I'll look into that file a little more and see if I can find a problem inside it somewhere.

Just for some more info to work off of, here are the contents of that file for the 440xx install:

# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 440.100

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Unknown"
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
	Option "NoLogo" "1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
    Option         "COMPOSITE" "Enable"
EndSection

 
Section "InputClass"
    Identifier          "Keyboard Defaults"
    MatchIsKeyboard        "yes"
    Option              "XkbOptions" "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp"
EndSection

I have no other solution for you unfortunately, but you can search in the arch wiki or on forums from other distros if noone gives you one here (I had found the one I gave you on the ubuntu forum)

That's alright, thanks for the help. I'll keep searching.

Hi. I did a post on this yesterday. You have to disable the nouveau driver, then your Nvidia driver installation will work.

See my post here complete with photos! Lost display after install of nvidia driver 440

The solution is very simple, only a few clicks of a mouse! :smiley:

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