Just installed Zorin OS (a Linux distrubution) and installed Blender. I am running this Linux alongside Windows 10. So I go to the system tab in Blender and see that my GPU is not listed!

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Why is my Nvidia GTX 1050 not showing up in the system tab? Also Blender is super laggy for some reason, could it be connected?

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    $\begingroup$ yes, it is connected, most likely driver issue. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2018 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ In linux you need to use the proprietary drivers for the GPU, they don't come installed by default. You will have to google that yourself. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Jun 20, 2018 at 17:20

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You need to install nvidia-cuda-toolkit because blender uses this toolkit in order to drive your nvidia card.

apt-get install nvidia-cuda-toolkit

You should also make sure that your nvidia card is cuda compatible.

blender docs related to GPU.

list of nvidia graphics cards compatible with CUDA


I had the same problem, asked and answered here.

It was a CUDA issue. The method described in Debian docs didn't install properly and I needed to purge everything and download/install CUDA manually from scratch.


You could try installing the latest available graphics drivers for linux by nvidia, since cuda is supported on the 1050 mobile

Edit: I just checked your OS and since it's based on Ubuntu, you might be able to download nvidia's drivers for ubuntu


How you get nVidia drivers and blender support.

  • Follow what [C. Vergnaud][1] said because they are absolutely right! But I'd suggest going to [https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-downloads][2] and then choose your distribution.
  • After choosing your distribution choose your version.
  • choose your installation type.
  • If you have non-free rpm fusion or your respective non-free repo for your distribution; make sure to remove the drivers so they don't clash.
  • follow the install instructions on the cuda website
  • reboot you just updated your kernel; *it's good practice*
  • I have Fedora so the command I needed was: `dnf -y install cuda-toolkit-11-7-11.7.0-1.x86_64`
  • You will also need to `nvidia-settings` or it won't be installed and if you have multiple monitors they will not both work till `nvidia-settings` is installed.
  • Do whatever installs the cuda-toolkit for your system!

  • Driver installation: Now you need to install the drivers: `dnf install cuda-drivers-515.43.04-1.x86_64` remember to run: `dnf remove xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-cuda-libs-3:510.68.02-1.fc36.x86_64`
  • **Congratulations!** You should now have CUDA installed.

    For further reading and information on CUDA installation: https://docs.nvidia.com/cuda/cuda-installation-guide-linux/index.html

  • $\begingroup$ Is there someone that can check why some links and formatting aren't working? $\endgroup$ May 22 at 21:39

The GTX 1050 mobile series lack a feature called "cuda".

If you have a laptop with a 1050, it will not work.

If you have a desktop with a 1050, it should work, but you have a different problem.


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