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NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:29:02 am »
Hi everyone,

I installed Peppermint 10 on this nice, fast laptop that I recently purchased for my wife (although, it is so blindingly fast that I might keep it for myself  :P ):

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System:    Host: Aspire-5 Kernel: 5.0.0-25-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0
           Desktop: JWM 2.3.7 Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Aspire A515-52G v: V1.06 serial: N/A
           Mobo: WL model: Raticate_WL v: V1.06 serial: N/A
           UEFI: Insyde v: V1.06 date: 11/05/2018
Battery    BAT1: charge: 45.6 Wh 100.0% condition: 45.6/48.9 Wh (93%)
           model: LG PABAS0241231 status: Full
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-8565U (-MT-MCP-)
           arch: Kaby Lake rev.11 cache: 8192 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 15936
           clock speeds: max: 4600 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 799 MHz 4: 800 MHz
           5: 800 MHz 6: 800 MHz 7: 800 MHz 8: 800 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 3ea0 bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce MX130] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: nvidia)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.01hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel Device 9dc8 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-25-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Device 9df0 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 00:14.3
           IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 port: 3000 bus-ID: 02:00.1
           IF: enp2s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 512.1GB (12.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: WDC_PC_SN520_SDAPNUW size: 512.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 11G (34%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic main restricted
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates main restricted
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic universe
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates universe
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic multiverse
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates multiverse
           deb http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security main restricted
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security universe
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security multiverse
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/peppermint.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p10-release/ubuntu bionic main
Info:      Processes: 203 Uptime: 25 min Memory: 596.8/7823.3MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56


IIRC I installed without the option to install third party software. Then later it was announced here on the forum that the NVIDIA 430 drivers were now in the standard repository, so I installed the packages. However, I have no idea how to switch to the GeForce MX130 card. When I run the nvidia-settings app it is almost empty: in the left-side panel there are  only two entries:

Application Profiles
nvidia-settings configuration


which cannot be correct.

Some additional info: I can only get to the GUI using the current kernel 5.0.0-25. I installed kernels 5.2.9, 5.2.10 and 5.2.11. During installation the nvidia stuff was indicated as being set up / installed, but when I try to boot into them I only see several lines and then a black screen with the cursor in the upper left corner (not blinking). I thought that the keyboard was dead but pressing

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Control+Alt+F4

gave me a login in tty4. After logging in, when I run inxi -Fz the Graphics section indicates N/A from xorg. I really have no idea what I should do to fix this (also in kernel 5.0.0-25) so that the nvidia driver and MX130 card can be used.  :-\

BTW here the contents of the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:

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# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 430.26

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    ModulePath    "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia-430/xorg"
    ModulePath    "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load          "dbe"
    Load          "extmod"
    Load          "type1"
    Load          "freetype"
    Load          "glx"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Unknown"
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce MX130"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
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Thanks in advance for your time.

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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 02:50:05 pm »
How did you install 430 ?

and what's the output from
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dpkg -l | grep nvidia
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2019, 04:39:21 am »
Open in Terminal

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sudo xed /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Scroll down to

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Section "Monitor"

Under

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Option         "DPMS"

Add This line

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Option         "DPI" "96 x 96"

Then scroll down to

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Section "Device"

Underneath

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BoardName      "GeForce MX130"

Add

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Option         "TripleBuffer" "1"

I had the same trouble with screen being blank on login, but after adding these two lines to the xorg.conf file it fixed it for good. This was on a desktop PC so sounds like same issues. I know it is strange and wish that Nvidia would include these lines automatically, because no doubt a lot of people out there having the same issues and putting them off of using Linux. Hopefully this should sort it for you. The DPI is dots per inch of fonts keeping them at 96 and the Triplebuffer is supposed to stop screen blanking altogether.  ;D
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019, 05:18:01 am »
Also in Nvidia-Settings click advanced and tick the right hand box that says

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Force Full Composition Pipeline

Left click apply button and left click OK in the timer box that comes up.

Next left click basic

On the left hand side go into

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OpenGL Settings

Untick

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Sync To VBlank

And

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Allow Flipping

Next go back to

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X Server Display Configuration

At the bottom left click

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Save To X Configuration File

In the box that comes up click

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Save

This will merge to the xorg.conf file already created, force full pipeline composition gets rid of any screen tearing and as you're using the latest Nvidia driver, best to make good use of it. Nothing worse than watching Netflix with the top of the screen trying to catch up with the bottom half of the screen, causing screen tearing. I hope these two posts helps, as I do these steps in every Nvidia build I own, no matter what Linux desktop.  ;D Also the reason for DPI to be added, it helps it to activate the driver properly. Don't ask me why? Or how? I ain't got the foggiest idea on any of it, but I know it works for me.
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2019, 05:54:46 am »
Hi clatterfordslim,

Thanks for the advice!! However: within the nvidia-settings app none of these options you mention appear.  :'( As I stated: the panel on the left of nvidia-settings only includes the two lines mentioned in my original post, namely

Application Profiles
nvidia-settings configuration

and nowhere in the app (in any panel or behind any button) is there anything resembling what you describe that could be ticked or unticked.  :-\


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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2019, 06:08:06 am »
Hi PCNetSpec,

Thank you for your quick response!! As I recall, I installed the nvidia packages by opening synaptic, looking at the category Not installed and clicked on the package

nvidia-driver-430

and then selecting Mark for installation. This included a number of other (mainly or only) nvidia packages. Here is the output you requested:

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dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  libnvidia-cfg1-430:amd64                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA binary OpenGL/GLX configuration library
ii  libnvidia-common-430                              430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          all          Shared files used by the NVIDIA libraries
rc  libnvidia-compute-390:i386                        390.116-0ubuntu0.18.04.1                         i386         NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-compute-430:amd64                       430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-compute-430:i386                        430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-decode-430:amd64                        430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA Video Decoding runtime libraries
ii  libnvidia-decode-430:i386                         430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA Video Decoding runtime libraries
ii  libnvidia-encode-430:amd64                        430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVENC Video Encoding runtime library
ii  libnvidia-encode-430:i386                         430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVENC Video Encoding runtime library
ii  libnvidia-fbc1-430:amd64                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture runtime library
ii  libnvidia-fbc1-430:i386                           430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture runtime library
ii  libnvidia-gl-430:amd64                            430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL/GLX/EGL/GLES GLVND libraries and Vulkan ICD
ii  libnvidia-gl-430:i386                             430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA OpenGL/GLX/EGL/GLES GLVND libraries and Vulkan ICD
ii  libnvidia-ifr1-430:amd64                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL-based Inband Frame Readback runtime library
ii  libnvidia-ifr1-430:i386                           430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA OpenGL-based Inband Frame Readback runtime library
ii  nvidia-compute-utils-430                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA compute utilities
ii  nvidia-dkms-430                                   430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA DKMS package
ii  nvidia-driver-430                                 430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA driver metapackage
ii  nvidia-kernel-common-430                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        Shared files used with the kernel module
ii  nvidia-kernel-source-430                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA kernel source package
ii  nvidia-prime                                      0.8.8.2                                          all          Tools to enable NVIDIA's Prime
ii  nvidia-settings                                   390.77-0ubuntu0.18.04.1                          amd64        Tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
ii  nvidia-utils-430                                  430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA driver support binaries
ii  xserver-xorg-video-nvidia-430                     430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA binary Xorg driver


I assume that something must be missing, but I have no idea what it could be. Perhaps the tips from clatterfordslim would help, but the nvidia-settings app seems to be incomplete. If I knew where to manually add the suggested entries (from the nvidia-settings app) in the xorg.conf file that would help (I suppose).

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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2019, 07:13:49 am »
Hi Slim.Fatz,

Can you get to a command prompt ?

if you can the command
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sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Will install the latest version of the driver.  If this does not work - place
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nomodeset
on the end of the linux line in grub to get you to a basic desktop.

Regards Zeb...

PS Sounds like this is an Nvidia-prime setup where you will have none of the usual nvidia bit's n pieces to play with in nvidia-settings

It also looks like you have a mix n match set of 390 and 430 components.  You may need to purge nvidia and start again.  I have found that once nvidia gets messed up - nuke n pave is usually the way to fix things unfortunately.  If you do, definately use the ubuntu command posted above
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2019, 10:10:31 am »
Hi zebedeeboss,

Thanks for the tips!! I could always get to a desktop with the  5.0.0-25 kernel (and in inxi output it indicated that the nvidia driver was unloaded, as you can see in my first post). So went ahead and purged everything that was listed in the output from

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dpkg -l | grep nvidia
 
and now I can get to the desktop also with the 5.2.11 kernel (which I am now using as I write this). The inxi output here now looks like this:

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inxi -Fz
System:    Host: Aspire-5 Kernel: 5.2.11-050211-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: JWM 2.3.7 Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Aspire A515-52G v: V1.06 serial: N/A
           Mobo: WL model: Raticate_WL v: V1.06 serial: N/A
           UEFI: Insyde v: V1.06 date: 11/05/2018
Battery    BAT1: charge: 17.1 Wh 37.1% condition: 46.0/48.9 Wh (94%)
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-8565U (-MT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
           clock speeds: max: 4600 MHz 1: 1440 MHz 2: 2377 MHz 3: 1977 MHz
           4: 2358 MHz 5: 1996 MHz 6: 2105 MHz 7: 2338 MHz 8: 2106 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 3ea0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce MX130]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 ) driver: FAILED: modesetting
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.01hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.8
Audio:     Card Intel Device 9dc8 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.2.11-050211-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Device 9df0 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 512.1GB (12.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: WDC_PC_SN520_SDAPNUW size: 512.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 9.4G (32%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 197 Uptime: 9 min Memory: 606.4/7822.7MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

So now I guess I should proceed to install the ubuntu-drivers using

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sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall 

Is that correct?

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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2019, 01:54:15 pm »
Hi Slim.Fatz,

Can you get to a command prompt ?

if you can the command
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sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Will install the latest version of the driver.  If this does not work - place
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nomodeset
on the end of the linux line in grub to get you to a basic desktop.

Regards Zeb...

PS Sounds like this is an Nvidia-prime setup where you will have none of the usual nvidia bit's n pieces to play with in nvidia-settings

It also looks like you have a mix n match set of 390 and 430 components.  You may need to purge nvidia and start again.  I have found that once nvidia gets messed up - nuke n pave is usually the way to fix things unfortunately.  If you do, definately use the ubuntu command posted above

Nvidia even to this day are still a pain in the preferable. Desktop computers are fine with the drivers, but when it comes to mixtures of displays Nvidia and Intel is where I get lost. I don't get why they don't build a driver to cater for all Nvidia display cards? No matter if it's a Laptop or Desktop PC One driver should do all in my world they would. I guess I can dream  ;D
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2019, 02:00:59 pm »
Hi clatterfordslim,

Thanks for the advice!! However: within the nvidia-settings app none of these options you mention appear.  :'( As I stated: the panel on the left of nvidia-settings only includes the two lines mentioned in my original post, namely

Application Profiles
nvidia-settings configuration

and nowhere in the app (in any panel or behind any button) is there anything resembling what you describe that could be ticked or unticked.  :-\


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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2019, 02:22:19 pm »
Hi

Yes, go ahead.  The worst that can happen is you have to purge the nvidia drivers again.

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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2019, 03:41:56 am »
Hi zebedeeboss,

Did the ubuntu-drivers autoinstall and here is what I have for nvidia packages now:

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dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  libnvidia-cfg1-430:amd64                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA binary OpenGL/GLX configuration library
ii  libnvidia-common-430                              430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          all          Shared files used by the NVIDIA libraries
ii  libnvidia-compute-430:amd64                       430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-compute-430:i386                        430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-decode-430:amd64                        430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA Video Decoding runtime libraries
ii  libnvidia-decode-430:i386                         430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA Video Decoding runtime libraries
ii  libnvidia-encode-430:amd64                        430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVENC Video Encoding runtime library
ii  libnvidia-encode-430:i386                         430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVENC Video Encoding runtime library
ii  libnvidia-fbc1-430:amd64                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture runtime library
ii  libnvidia-fbc1-430:i386                           430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture runtime library
ii  libnvidia-gl-430:amd64                            430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL/GLX/EGL/GLES GLVND libraries and Vulkan ICD
ii  libnvidia-gl-430:i386                             430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA OpenGL/GLX/EGL/GLES GLVND libraries and Vulkan ICD
ii  libnvidia-ifr1-430:amd64                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL-based Inband Frame Readback runtime library
ii  libnvidia-ifr1-430:i386                           430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          i386         NVIDIA OpenGL-based Inband Frame Readback runtime library
ii  nvidia-compute-utils-430                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA compute utilities
ii  nvidia-dkms-430                                   430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA DKMS package
ii  nvidia-driver-430                                 430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA driver metapackage
ii  nvidia-kernel-common-430                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        Shared files used with the kernel module
ii  nvidia-kernel-source-430                          430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA kernel source package
ii  nvidia-prime                                      0.8.8.2                                          all          Tools to enable NVIDIA's Prime
ii  nvidia-settings                                   390.77-0ubuntu0.18.04.1                          amd64        Tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
ii  nvidia-utils-430                                  430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA driver support binaries
ii  xserver-xorg-video-nvidia-430                     430.26-0ubuntu0.18.04.2                          amd64        NVIDIA binary Xorg driver

The only difference from the previous (original) set of installed packages is that now the package

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libnvidia-compute-390:i386

is no longer installed.
But the behavior has now changed: now I cannot get to the GUI in kernel 5.0.0-25 either !!  ::) Also, using the nomodeset switch in the grub entries brings no improvement:-[

Fortunately I still have kernel 5.2.10 installed and I noticed that when the ubuntu-drivers were being installed that only various nvividia-related "parts" were "probed" and "built" (or whatever -- I cannot remember exactly the wording that was used) and the initramfs (I think that was it) was "rebuilt" only for kernels 5.0.0-25 and 5.2.11 but not 5.2.10 so now I can get to the GUI with kernel 5.2.10 (which is what I am using as I write this post).  8)


So, before I purge all of the nvidia packages, can anyone suggest a possible cure to get this stuff to work for the current up-to-date kernels 5.0.0-25 and 5.2.11 ??

Thank you everyone for your time and effort.

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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2019, 04:08:30 pm »
Hi

Sorry, this is where I have to bow out as my investigative skills don't extend to this sort of thing.   If PCNetSpec can't help, then a nuke and pave maybe in order ?

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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2019, 07:24:16 pm »
You could spend weeks trying to figure this out, the nvidia drivers are a PITA.

Best bet, as Zeb suggests 'nuke and pave', but this time during installation select "Install 3rd party drivers and software" (with an active internet connection) .. this should install the 390 drivers and it all should just work.

OR

Wait until the next ISO refresh is out, and the same procedure should get you 430



I guess your other options are to try removing ALL nvidia drivers and falling back to nouveaux .. then installing 430 from the nvidia website.
(but I can't guarantee this will work .. once you've borked nvidia drivers, they're nearly impossible to fix .. at least I've not found a method yet that works for everyone).

One thing I can advise is NEVER use synaptic to try install nvidia drivers for an optimus setup, that's NEVER worked for me .. ALWAYS use "Additional Drivers".
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2019, 05:59:05 am »
Hi PCNetSpec,

OK, I purged all installed nvidia packages and used autoremove to get rid of other pulled-in stuff, rebooted and used "Additional Drivers" to try 430 again -- with the same useless results. So ... purged/autoremoved and rebooted again, then used "Additional Drivers" to get the 390 stuff. Now I can boot into a GUI desktop and inxi shows this:

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inxi -G
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 3ea0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce MX130]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 ) driver: modesetting
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.01hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.8

So I guess I'll leave well-enough alone and sort of act like the NVIDIA card wasn't in this computer (wish I could get a refund for not using it  :P ). I'm glad that the reason I bought this computer was not because it had an NVIDIA card. I always said that I would never buy a computer with any sort of NVIDIA card in it, and this just shows me that things have not improved over the years (sort of like what my wife says about me  :D ). Good that the Intel GPU works.

Thanks again for your help.

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