slipstick wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:46 pm
I know this is marked as "solved", but there still seems to be some indecision about whether or not to try Nvidia drivers, so, FWIW:
1. if you reinstall the Nvidia driver and it breaks your system, if all else fails, you should be able to restore it with a TimeShift snapshot.
Thanks for your kind reply, slipstick
, despite the issue being marked (perhaps prematurely) as «Solved» ! After the Cinnamon crash, my problem was that only my desktop (without the panel) was displayed in reserve mode ; thus I was unable to access and launch any programmes to attempt to deal with the problem. By following Kliz
's instructions, I found myself able to launch a terminal emulator and thence open the driver manager. I've now created a current TimeShift snapshot to which, hopefully, I could return in the event of a new crash. But how, in that case, can I access my TimeShift snapshot _ exactly what is the procedure I'd need to follow ?...
2. I have a Nvidia GTX 750 Ti and I'm using the 384.130 driver. I had a lot of problems with Cinnamon crashing (ususally at login) with the recommended Nvidia drivers until I started using "nomodeset" at boot-up. If you are not familiar with that, there is a description of how to use it here:
(scroll down to "Solving freezes during the boot sequence")
That release note states that after the Nvidia driver is installed, you shouldn't need to use "nomodeset". That's not true in my case - I have to use it every time, so I made it "sticky" -
(modify /etc/default/grub to add nomodeset to the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and then run "sudo update-grub").
Odd that the release note states that
Some graphics cards don't work well with the open-source driver present in Linux Mint
and, as you point out, that
With these [Nvidia] drivers the system should now be stable and you no longer need to use "nomodeset".
while it seems to have been an (unauthorised by me) update from the Nvidia 390.59 driver 396.24.02 version which triggered the crash. In any event, I've not encountered this particular problem previously....
But more generally, my question is the following : despite my earlier problems, i e, sudden pixelation, necessitating a reboot, just now Cinnamon on my machine - an old home build with an AMD Phenom II X4 955 processor running an amd64-microcode version 2.20160316.1 driver - works fine with the xserver-xorg-video-nouveau, version 1:1.0.12-build2 driver ; no difficulties when booting or running Mint 18.3. Is there any reason to assume that the machine's performance would be enhanced if I switched from the Xorg driver to Nvidia's propietary driver ? Or should I just leave well enough alone ?...
Many thanks, once again, to you and to Kilz
for your replies !...