That was it Jay Flory! I too had a different version of gcc in my 16.04 installation (an upgrade I got from the ubuntu-toolchain-r ppa, which I used in order to test something with gcc-7).
I use Timeshift, so I was able to go back to before adding the ppa. Upgrading normally from that point, while using the gcc that came from the official repos (gcc (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.9) 5.4.0 20160609) I did not have any problems any more: everything loaded happily with -116. Thanks :) -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu-X, which is subscribed to xorg in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1750937 Title: 4.4.0-116 Kernel update on 2/21 breaks Nvidia drivers (on 14.04 and 16.04) To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1750937/+subscriptions _______________________________________________ Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat Post to : firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp