FWIW some NVIDIA-related changes were apparently made in 114:

2018-02-09 - Khalid Elmously <khalid.elmou...@canonical.com>
linux (4.4.0-114.137) xenial; urgency=medium
* linux: 4.4.0-114.137 -proposed tracker (LP: #1748484)
* ALSA backport missing NVIDIA GPU codec IDs to patch table to
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Kernel (LP: #1744117)
- ALSA: hda - Add missing NVIDIA GPU codec IDs to patch table
* Shutdown hang on 16.04 with iscsi targets (LP: #1569925)

I don't know if this caused the problem, but regressing from 116 to 112
also solved it for me (after about an hour of utter frustration).

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  4.4.0-116 Kernel update on 2/21 breaks Nvidia drivers (on 14.04 and

Status in linux package in Ubuntu:
Status in nvidia-graphics-drivers-384 package in Ubuntu:
Status in xorg package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Running fine with nvidia-384 until this kernel update came along.
  When booted into the new kernel, got super low resolution and nvidia-
  settings was missing most of its functionality - could not change

  Rebooted into 4.4.0-112 kernel and all was well.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
  Package: xorg 1:7.7+1ubuntu8.1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-112.135~14.04.1-generic 4.4.98
  Uname: Linux 4.4.0-112-generic x86_64
  NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
  .proc.driver.nvidia.registry: Binary: ""
   NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  384.111  Tue Dec 19 23:51:45 
PST 2017
   GCC version:  gcc version 4.8.4 (Ubuntu 4.8.4-2ubuntu1~14.04.3)
  ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.27
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: LXDE
  Date: Wed Feb 21 19:23:39 2018
  DistUpgraded: Fresh install
  DistroCodename: trusty
  DistroVariant: ubuntu
   bbswitch, 0.7, 4.4.0-112-generic, x86_64: installed
   bbswitch, 0.7, 4.4.0-116-generic, x86_64: installed
   nvidia-384, 384.111, 4.4.0-112-generic, x86_64: installed
   nvidia-384, 384.111, 4.4.0-116-generic, x86_64: installed
   NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:1c82] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
     Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Device [3842:6253]
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-03-03 (1086 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-112-generic 
root=UUID=5a88d2a1-0a24-415b-adc2-28435b13248a ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
  SourcePackage: xorg
  Symptom: display
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  dmi.bios.date: 08/15/2013
  dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: 0302
  dmi.board.asset.tag: To be filled by O.E.M.
  dmi.board.name: M11AD
  dmi.board.vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
  dmi.board.version: Rev X.0x
  dmi.chassis.asset.tag: Asset-1234567890
  dmi.chassis.type: 3
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Chassis Manufacture
  dmi.chassis.version: Chassis Version
  dmi.product.name: M11AD
  dmi.product.version: System Version
  dmi.sys.vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
  version.compiz: compiz 1:
  version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
  version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.67-1ubuntu0.14.04.2
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri N/A
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
  version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx N/A
  version.nvidia-graphics-drivers: nvidia-graphics-drivers N/A
  version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core N/A
  version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev N/A
  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 N/A
  xserver.bootTime: Wed Feb 21 18:48:14 2018
  xserver.configfile: default
  xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
  xserver.version: 2:1.18.3-1ubuntu2.3~trusty4

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