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Fixing GPU issues after installing nvidia-driver packages

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Fixing GPU issues after installing nvidia-driver packages

Published on 01 December 2022

All Scaleway GPU Instances come with a Nvidia driver pre-installed. This means you do not have to install them by yourself. The drivers installed on each Instance are from the nividia-headless-<driver version> packages. These are intended for use on Instances without a Windows Desktop or display server.


The manual installation of a nvidia-driver package forces the installation of the xorg display server and other Gnome packages. As there is no physical display connected to the GPU of your Instance, this may cause side-effects such as your Instance entering into sleep mode after a while. The user will get disconnected as a result.

If you have nvidia-driver-* packages installed on your GPU Instance, remove them from the Instance using the apt purge command and make sure to install and use nvidia-headless-* packages instead.