Wayland with NVIDIA GTX 650

Is it possible to install proprietary nvidia drivers so that they work with WAYLAND ?

I have a card like this - GTX 650 1gb, by NVIDIA
their website says the new 490 driver does NOT support my card

  • I found this out after I updated the system through the update center and my desktop did not load = - =
    just stuck on the splash screen for entering the password and login menu

However, exactly the 470 drivers work, but after I installed them, the same situation as with the new driver - 490
I can assume that the 470 driver does not know the WAYLAND ?

Also I noticed that the open driver works - NOUVEAU + wayland with my GTX 650

I would like to use a non-free driver to get the best performance this video card can deliver.

For general information, I'm not good at Linux - I clarify this in order to get "answers as for a beginner", as clear as possible, and as simple as possible

Why do I need it?
well, I would like to try, even if this is probably not the best card, for WAYLAND

Personally I would not recommend Wayland at this moment with Nvidia and your card is a legacy card, It should work with free drivers Wayland but may struggle also Wayland is not production ready at this point.


I am also using wayland with a non free nvidia driver which have installed in X11 session (manually) and then booted to wayland session and using it for two months and have played games and did many other stuffs .
I am still using wayland as it's fast ,
but it doesn't means that it does not have bugs
( in my experience i have found many bugs )
firstly , you will have to do manual installation of nvidia's latest drivers
and before installation please disable nouveau display ,
I hope that X11 session is installed and you can switch in it because you will have to do installation in X11
Then reboot and try to login in wayland session ,
This is a short trick that I followed while i was doing installation ,
May be this will work, because your computer is yours and I am also not a super geek,
but believe in DIY and never lose hope............. :slightly_smiling_face:

after reboot you can check weather its installed completely by this command:


It will show something like this :

 ╭─[email protected] in ~
 ╰─λ nvidia-smi
Sat Nov 20 20:30:29 2021
| NVIDIA-SMI 495.44       Driver Version: 495.44       CUDA Version: 11.5     |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|                               |                      |               MIG M. |
|   0  NVIDIA GeForce ...  Off  | 00000000:01:00.0 Off |                  N/A |
| N/A   43C    P8    N/A /  N/A |      3MiB /  4046MiB |      0%      Default |
|                               |                      |                  N/A |

| Processes:                                                                  |
|  GPU   GI   CI        PID   Type   Process name                  GPU Memory |
|        ID   ID                                                   Usage      |
|    0   N/A  N/A       916      G   /usr/lib/Xorg                       2MiB |

 ╭─[email protected] in ~ took 27ms

It does work, you just have to force GDM/GNOME to use it. You didn't provide any system information (even though the template text asked you to include it) so I have to guess you're talking about GNOME.

You're doing something that is not something that beginners would do, so if you don't feel up to researching and reading posts (or you just want a copy-paste answer) then you should probably stick with what works. In this case, that's using Xorg with the Nvidia 470xx driver.

That won't help someone with a GTX 650 that's not supported by the latest drivers (495xx) and instead needs to use 470xx.


Yes, of course, I meant the gnome, and the second version - Garuda Wayfire !

I just now installed ubuntu, there is a 470 driver that works silently!

right out of the box! I didn't even need to download anything, I just chose the session at the login stage!
thanks for the information(
sad that new drivers are not supported (
can I ask a question then? Why does the update suggest installing 490 drivers if they are not supported for my card?
since I'm a beginner, I just "trusted the automatic update", and then I had to reinstall the system from scratch, to the same partition, and this time, not to update to 490

with a free driver, this session works fine, but not perfect, and not even good
just "ok")
in ubuntu, I noticed that the really not free driver is faster (but, i dont like ubuntu, arch - more friendly!)

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