SMG wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:02 pm
The only other thing I could think of to try was doing a live session of LM20 to see if there was improvement. I don't hold out a whole lot of hope with that option, but going from LM19.2 to LM19.3 helped so maybe.
I do have the LM20 ISO previously D/L and checked..... so I will try your suggestion a bit later just to see what happens.
This morning I attempted several methods of installing the Nvidia 304 driver again... no success but I think I learned a few things.
After one failed attempt the install left behind an Nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf file which, until I removed and updated initramfs, would always boot without the Nouveau driver loaded. This was exactly the same affect as booting with "software rendering".
When I hit advanced options during boot, I see about 5 different kernel versions listed. (I didn't know what these were previously). I tried booting with the oldest version and installing the Nvidia drivers during that session without any luck either.
There's a confusing section in a previous linuxmint post....
Flemur wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:11 pm
I haven't read the whole thread but here's my 2 cents about installing nvidia drivers for older cards (I have a GS8400).
The 304 driver will only install with lower number kernels, like 4.4.x works IIRC.
The 340 driver will install with almost all higher-number kernels (4.17, 4.18, 4.19 etc) . I gave up trying to install 304, even though I prefer it slightly.
In mint the driver manager seemed to work well, if not use synaptic.
Why is Flemur saying that the 4.4.x kernel is a LOWER number than (4.17, 4.18, 4.19 etc) ???
Anyway..... next thing I will try is to create the Nouveau Blacklist file as previously suggested and try the Nvidia 304 install once again with the oldest kernel I can boot into. Failing that, I'll re-study how to install an even older kernel.