The actual driver is in the kernel, which in your case is ancient

If 5.0 doesn't work, file a bug upstream and hope for the best

** Package changed: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (Ubuntu) => linux
(Ubuntu)

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

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Title:
  Does not recognize connected HDMI monitor

Status in linux package in Ubuntu:
  Incomplete

Bug description:
  Strandely 'sudo lshw -c video' told nouveau is in use even if xserver-
  xorg-video-nouveau was not installed. With or without, HDMI does not
  work unlike with proprietary driver.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:1.0.12-1build2
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-143.169-generic 4.4.170
  Uname: Linux 4.4.0-143-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.18
  Architecture: amd64
  BootLog: root: clean, 318243/1281120 files, 2346720/5120000 blocks
  CompizPlugins: No value set for 
`/apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/active_plugins'
  CompositorRunning: None
  CurrentDesktop: XFCE
  Date: Wed Feb 13 14:16:02 2019
  DistUpgraded: Fresh install
  DistroCodename: xenial
  DistroVariant: ubuntu
  DkmsStatus:
   bbswitch, 0.8, 4.4.0-140-generic, x86_64: installed
   bbswitch, 0.8, 4.4.0-141-generic, x86_64: installed
   bbswitch, 0.8, 4.4.0-142-generic, x86_64: installed
   bbswitch, 0.8, 4.4.0-143-generic, x86_64: installed
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  GraphicsCard:
   NVIDIA Corporation G84GLM [Quadro FX 570M] [10de:040c] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 
[VGA controller])
     Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company G84GLM [Quadro FX 570M] [103c:30c5]
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-11-21 (1179 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Release amd64 (20151021)
  LightdmGreeterLogOld:
   ** Message: Starting lightdm-gtk-greeter 2.0.1 (Aug  7 2015, 01:24:18)
   ** Message: [Configuration] Reading file: 
/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf.d/01_ubuntu.conf
   ** Message: [Configuration] Reading file: 
/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf.d/30_xubuntu.conf
   ** Message: [Configuration] Reading file: 
/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf
   upstart: indicator-application main process (970) killed by TERM signal
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-143-generic 
root=UUID=bdc3be24-dee9-4ead-bca0-c9b1e45a87e5 ro persistent quiet splash 
vt.handoff=7
  SourcePackage: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  dmi.bios.date: 12/01/2011
  dmi.bios.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  dmi.bios.version: 68MVD Ver. F.20
  dmi.board.name: 30C5
  dmi.board.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  dmi.board.version: KBC Version 71.36
  dmi.chassis.type: 10
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  dmi.modalias: 
dmi:bvnHewlett-Packard:bvr68MVDVer.F.20:bd12/01/2011:svnHewlett-Packard:pn:pvrF.20:rvnHewlett-Packard:rn30C5:rvrKBCVersion71.36:cvnHewlett-Packard:ct10:cvr:
  dmi.product.version: F.20
  dmi.sys.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  version.compiz: compiz N/A
  version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
  version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.91-2~16.04.1
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 18.0.5-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
  version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 18.0.5-0ubuntu0~16.04.1
  version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.18.4-0ubuntu0.8
  version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.10.1-1ubuntu2
  version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati N/A
  version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel N/A
  version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 
1:1.0.12-1build2
  xserver.bootTime: Wed Feb 13 14:12:08 2019
  xserver.configfile: default
  xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
  xserver.version: 2:1.18.4-0ubuntu0.8
  xserver.video_driver: nouveau

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