Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

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Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by bardfast » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:06 am

Hi All,

After running "inxi -G" I get the following ...
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF114M [GeForce GTX 670M]
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz, 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVCE GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3

Despite this, everything seems to load and run fine - with one exception - when I run a program that uses an in-process Qt web browser widget. The app fails, giving the following trace...
nouveau: kernel rejected pushbuf: No such file or directory
nouveau: ch0: krec 0 pushes 0 bufs 2 relocs 0
nouveau: ch0: buf 00000000 00000002 00000004 00000004 00000000
nouveau: ch0: buf 00000001 00000006 00000004 00000000 00000004
terminate called without an active exception

So clearly this is some sort of Nouveau driver problem - but that's where I hit the limits of my competence.
Can anyone suggest a possible remedy? Is it just a question of re-installing the display driver - and if so which one is recommended?
I really can't afford to lose this machine - so I need to be sure that I don't screw it up further.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by karlchen » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:10 am

Hello, bardfast.

Could you perhaps post a complete

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inxi -Fxz
report as well? - Will as a side effect also tell us which inxi version created the report, because some of the older inxi versions tended to report incorrectly that nouveau or nvidia had failed, although that had not failed loading.

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by bardfast » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:54 am

Hi Karl,

Thanks for assisting me with this - it's really appreciated

Unfortunately I have managed to dig myself into a bit of a hole. Before getting your email I stupidly decided to install the "Recommended" NVidia driver, and so now Cinnamon crashes and reverts to fallback mode. Consequently, sending you the results of a inxi -Fxz is a real challenge (that I'm not winning). For the moment I can show you the results of another inxi -G which (manually copied) is now the following...

Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF114M [GeForce GTX 670M]
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: nvidia,fbdev,nouveau (unloaded: vesa) Resolution 640x480@73.0hz
GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version N/A

Is there a way to revert back to the previous driver (from the command line)? I can't seems to find a way to access the Driver Update screen in fallback mode.

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by karlchen » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:01 am

Hello, bardfast.

The trouble with the Nvidia driver might be that both are getting loaded: nvidia and nouveau. And even fbdev is loaded.
This is a no-go.
The terminal commands to uninstall nvidia and re-install nouveau have been posted in several forum threads in the course of time.
Perhaps a forum search will retrieve at least a few of those threads.

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by bardfast » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:12 am

Thanks Karl

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by bardfast » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:08 am

Hi Karl,

I managed to successfully restore my desktop again (after uninstalling the nvidia driver).

Running inxi -Fxz gives me ...

System: Host: george-mint-lt Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Gnome (Gtk 2.24.23) Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
Machine: System: TOSHIBA (portable) product: Qosmio X870 version: PSPLXF-00R00PF3
Mobo: TOSHIBA model: Portable PC version: MP Bios: Insyde version: 1.20 date: 04/20/2012
CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-3610QM CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 18359.6
Clock Speeds: 1: 1200.00 MHz 2: 1200.00 MHz 3: 1200.00 MHz 4: 1200.00 MHz 5: 1200.00 MHz 6: 1200.00 MHz 7: 1200.00 MHz 8: 1200.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF114M [GeForce GTX 670M] bus-ID: 01:00.0
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz, 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVCE GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1: NVIDIA GF114 HDMI Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
Card-2: Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-37-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8723AE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter driver: rtl8723ae port: 2000 bus-ID: 08:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet driver: alx port: 3000 bus-ID: 07:00.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1500.3GB (11.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST750LX003 size: 750.2GB
2: id: /dev/sdb model: Hitachi_HTS54757 size: 750.2GB
Partition: ID: / size: 49G used: 21G (45%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 230G used: 140G (64%) fs: ext4
ID: swap-1 size: 16.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 68.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 69.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 244 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 997.8/16004.4MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 6.4.0 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4

As you can see, I'm back to the error condition that I originally raise.


Regards
George (bardfast)

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by phd21 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:35 pm

HI bardfast,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

NVIDIA: how to install the latest video card drivers - Easy Linux tips project
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/12


To install the nVidia video driver for your "GeForce GTX 670M" card using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one: Click "Select All" above command, right-click the highlighted command, select Copy or Ctrl+Insert, click in the console terminal window, and right click paste or Shift+Insert or Ctrl+Shift+v, repeat for each command. Restart your computer after installing this.

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sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install nvidia-390

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by bardfast » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:23 am

Thanks phd21,

I'm always amazed at how willing people are to offer help to total strangers - thank you :)

Before I proceed with the Nvidia driver installation, I just wanted to confirm a couple of things...
  • Do I not need to first uninstall the Nouveau driver? I ask because having previously tried to install the Nvidia driver via the "Driver Manager" screen, I ended up with both drivers installed - causing Cinnamon to crash.
  • Which is the currently recommended driver. Nvidia or Nouveau?
Regards
George

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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by phd21 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:32 am

Hi bardfast (George),

You are welcome...

No, you do not need to try and remove the nouveau video drivers first. The driver manager may not have the current or correct nVidia drivers for your particular video card, which is why the PPA is recommended. If you have a nVidia video card it is recommended to use their drivers unless it is a really old nVidia video card.

If for some reason the video card driver did not work, you can boot into recovery mode, select "root", enter your password, and run the first command to purge the nVidia drivers, type in "reboot", and try another nVidia driver or use the default Nouveau video drivers.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Graphics Driver Failure - nouveau?

Post by bardfast » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:23 pm

Thank you phd21 - much appreciated

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