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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2019, 06:52:32 am »
When installing Ubuntu 10.04 all those years ago, your screen would be set to 800x600 as default and I had a Desktop PC with Nvidia graphics built in to the Motherboard. It was a pain to change resolution after installing Nvidia Drivers, as the screen was still set at 800x900 and back then did not know about online help. When I did finally set the correct resolution, for the first time did not know you had to save a configuration file. The problem back then was to actually get Nvidia Drivers to apply the correct resolution in the first place. I was moving the window up and down, but at 800x900 it was near impossible, as never could get the window to move out the way enough to push the apply button and if I remember rightly it had a timer on it asking if you would like to keep this resolution in a preview window. Thank the lord Harry for the tab button, you never realise just how much we rely on that button?

I know this does not help you, but just saying that Nvidia Drivers have come along way over the years in Linux. I still have pulse audio problems with the newish 5.0.0-23 to 5.0.0-25 Kernels, maybe as they are relatively new for Ubuntu based systems? I upgraded from Pep nine to ten, using PCNetSpec's brilliant upgrade Tutorial. Pulse audio seems OK on Laptops running Kernel 5.0, but my Desktops don't like it, so for now using the 415.0-58 Kernel and everything is tickety boo. Although now Nvidia Drivers are still a pain in the preferable behind, they are not like they used to be with resolutions set so big as default when installing a Ubuntu based Distro and no way of changing it, as back then there was no display GUI like we have now and you were reliant on Nvidia Drivers or AMD Drivers, depending on your inbuilt default onboard display.

In a way I miss those days of compiling stuff to get to work, as the Kernels back then only gave you what you needed, from security to some printer drivers. I can remember getting frustrated and nearly throwing my computer out of the window, compiling 3G dongle drivers that someone on the Ubuntu forums had painstakingly written from scratch. I lived in caravan back then on a Holiday Site and having to load my wife to bes Windows Vista Laptop up to painstakingly (Word Of The Day.) once it booted search the Internet for these Linux Drivers. Took me ages to find, then copy and paste the driver instructions into notepad, then transfer it to a USB stick, wait another half hour for Vista to shutdown. The excitement of finding the driver and compiling it reading what was on screen, not only seeing the code but in so much detail of telling me what each line is doing and what it is for. Copy and pasting around 700 lines of code into the Terminal with full descriptions, must have taken the original writer absolutely ages to do and I was so grateful and after all these years I still think back to those days, sat in a freezing cold Caravan nature flying around outside, while I got on and tweaked my Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Gnome 2 system.  ;D
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2019, 11:54:57 am »
As I said, Optimus support has improved no end IF YOU ELECT TO INSTALL ADDITION SOFTWARE AND DRIVERS DURING THE INSTALL, where it normally just does it all for you.


Where things go wrong when manually adding them later, nothing has improved .. it still seems once borked, you'll never figure out how to fix (at least I haven't found a way that works every time in all cases yet).

Nvidia/Optimus driver installation is getting better easier, but at the end of the day the nvidia drivers (and their installer) ar still proprietary and a bit of a mess.

The problems are many fold...

Optimus setup can break in so many ways it's (from my perspective) impossible to figure out what went wrong, add to that that it seems impossible to fully undo an nvidia driver installation and put your system back in the same state it was before your first attempt, and you're buggered when things don't go as expected.

I've yet to find a sure fire way of uninstalling nvidia drivers and ending up where you started .. install nvidia, remove nvidia, and you always end up at a third place where installing nvidia again ends up with a different breakage than the first attempt. It's SUPPOSED to be as easy as
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sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia*
but trust me that does NOT get you back to the exact same state as you were before installing .. at least it never has for me (at least where optimus is concerned) ::)
(obviously something is getting lest behind, I'm yet to figure out what yet though)


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do you now get any output from:
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locate nvidia
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locate prime
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2019, 01:15:41 pm »
[...] I guess I'll leave well-enough alone [...]

I hear ya  :)

After installing every nVidia ver that's available, the only one that works on this box is 396.54

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╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-6 ~ 
╰─$ inxi -Gxxx
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GK208B [GeForce GT 710] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:128b
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) driver: nvidia
           Resolution: 1920x1200@59.95hz, 1920x1200@59.95hz, 2560x1080@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GT 710/PCIe/SSE2
           version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 396.54 Direct Render: Yes
╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-6 ~
╰─$ dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  libnvidia-cfg1-396:amd64                          396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA binary OpenGL/GLX configuration library
ii  libnvidia-common-396                              396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  all          Shared files used by the NVIDIA libraries
ii  libnvidia-compute-396:amd64                       396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-compute-396:i386                        396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  i386         NVIDIA libcompute package
ii  libnvidia-decode-396:amd64                        396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA Video Decoding runtime libraries
ii  libnvidia-decode-396:i386                         396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  i386         NVIDIA Video Decoding runtime libraries
ii  libnvidia-encode-396:amd64                        396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVENC Video Encoding runtime library
ii  libnvidia-encode-396:i386                         396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  i386         NVENC Video Encoding runtime library
ii  libnvidia-fbc1-396:amd64                          396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture runtime library
ii  libnvidia-fbc1-396:i386                           396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  i386         NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture runtime library
ii  libnvidia-gl-396:amd64                            396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL/GLX/EGL/GLES GLVND libraries and Vulkan ICD
ii  libnvidia-gl-396:i386                             396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  i386         NVIDIA OpenGL/GLX/EGL/GLES GLVND libraries and Vulkan ICD
ii  libnvidia-ifr1-396:amd64                          396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA OpenGL-based Inband Frame Readback runtime library
ii  libnvidia-ifr1-396:i386                           396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  i386         NVIDIA OpenGL-based Inband Frame Readback runtime library
ii  nvidia-compute-utils-396                          396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA compute utilities
ii  nvidia-dkms-396                                   396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA DKMS package
ii  nvidia-driver-396                                 396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA driver metapackage
ii  nvidia-kernel-common-396                          396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        Shared files used with the kernel module
ii  nvidia-kernel-source-396                          396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA kernel source package
ii  nvidia-utils-396                                  396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA driver support binaries
ii  xserver-xorg-video-nvidia-396                     396.54-0ubuntu0~gpu18.10.1                  amd64        NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-6 ~

Stability and uptime are paramount on this box, because bots are running unattended in the background.

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╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-6 ~ 
╰─$ uptime
 10:09:48 up 41 days,  6:16,  1 user,  load average: 1.58, 1.31, 1.14

We had a massive power outage in our area 41 days ago. Otherwise, that uptime would read 133 days :))

As much as I would like to run the latest and 'greatest' nVidia ver, "I guess I'll leave well-enough alone," too.
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Re: NVIDIA 430 driver in Acer Aspire 5 w GeForce MX130
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2019, 01:43:14 pm »
Hi PCNetSpec,

Well, since I purged & autoremoved everything related to nvidia, rebooted and used the "Additional Drivers" app to install the nvidia 390 things, I naturally have lots of output from those commands. Don't waste your valuable time trying to help me get the nvidia stuff working because I really don't need nvidia: I don't play any 3D games or do anything that really would require more than the integrated Intel graphics can handle. I just thought I would give it a try -- but I too have better things to do with my time than try to figure out nvidia's poor customer support;)

Let's move on to assisting other Peppermint users who are having issues of one sort or another. And my advice to others is: "unless you just cannot live without nvidia, then bugger the bums!"  :P


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