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    russellb23

    I am trying to get optimus to work through bumblebee. But in the first place, I am not able to install nvidia-driver. My error message is as follows:

    >> sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver
    [sudo] password for russellb: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     nvidia-driver : Depends: nvidia-driver-libs (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2) but it is not going to be installed or
                              nvidia-driver-libs-nonglvnd (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2) but it is not going to be installed
                     Depends: nvidia-driver-bin (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2) but it is not going to be installed
                     Depends: xserver-xorg-video-nvidia (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2) but it is not going to be installed
                     Depends: nvidia-vdpau-driver (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2) but it is not going to be installed
                     Depends: nvidia-alternative (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2)
                     Depends: nvidia-kernel-dkms (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2) or
                              nvidia-kernel-390.87
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    

    I tried with sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nvidia and it says the following:

    
    >> sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nvidia
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     xserver-xorg-video-nvidia : Depends: nvidia-alternative (= 390.87-2~bpo9+1~mx17+2)
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    I have tried to install like

    sudo apt-get install primus bumblebee-nvidia

    However, the story of holding broken packages

    I don’t have any clue what is broken here. Could someone shed some light/help troubleshoot fix this?

    Many thanks in advance.

    • This topic was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by russellb23. Reason: added error log

    entropy

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    anticapitalista

    Try using the nvidia installer app in the control centre.

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