Activate NVIDIA Graphics Card

How to install the official proprietary NVIDIA drivers in Zorin OS.

If your computer has an NVIDIA graphics card, you will need to use the official proprietary driver software to take full advantage of its features in Zorin OS.

If you haven’t installed Zorin OS yet

When booting your Zorin OS USB Install Drive, use the keys to select the “Try or install Zorin OS (modern NVIDIA drivers)” option.

Boot selection menu

Afterward, complete the installation process for Zorin OS normally.

If you’ve already installed Zorin OS

If you’ve already installed Zorin OS to your computer without selecting to use the modern NVIDIA drivers as in the above instructions, you will need to install the correct version of the NVIDIA drivers using the built-in “Additional Drivers” app.

  1. Make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet.
  2. Open the Zorin Menu → System Tools → Software Updater.
  3. After the Software Updater has finished checking for updates, click on “Settings…”.
  4. Navigate to the “Additional Drivers” tab.
  5. After a moment, you should see a list of graphics drivers available for your computer. Select the radio button beside the newest or recommended version of the “NVIDIA driver”. Additional Drivers app
  6. Click “Apply Changes”. This will start downloading and installing the NVIDIA proprietary drivers.
  7. After the installation completes, restart your computer to apply the changes.

The NVIDIA drivers should now be installed and activated.

Verify whether the NVIDIA drivers are activated

You can verify that the drivers are installed and working correctly by following these steps:

  1. Open the Zorin Menu → Settings.
  2. Navigate to the “About” panel, which should be at the bottom of the left sidebar menu.
  3. Check if “NVIDIA” is mentioned in the “Graphics” list item. Settings About panel

If the NVIDIA graphics drivers are still not activated

Your computer’s Secure Boot feature might be blocking the system from loading the NVIDIA drivers.

  1. Power off your computer and power it on again.
  2. Immediately upon start-up, repeatedly press the designated key to open the BIOS/UEFI settings. This key should be indicated on the screen at start-up or in your computer’s manual. If you are unsure which key to press, it is usually either Esc, Delete, F2, F12, or another function key.
  3. At the BIOS/UEFI settings screen, navigate to the “Boot” or “Security” tab using the keys.
  4. Make sure that the “Secure Boot” option is disabled. If it’s enabled, scroll down to it using the keys and press Enter to set it.
  5. Press the indicated key to Save the settings and exit the BIOS/UEFI settings screen (usually the F10 key).