I did a clean install of Mint 18 on a newer Asus K-series laptop and am having issues with the proprietary Nvidia drivers. Big surprise, right? I used the driver manager to install the recommended driver version for the geforce 940m that's in the laptop, but after a restart this crashed Cinnamon. I later switched back to the open source drivers and added the graphics-drivers ppa that's been suggested elsewhere and after trying each version that I could I found that Cinnamon wouldn't crash if I used 358, but any other version, including the recommended 367, would crash it. I also tried updating the Kernel but this had no effect either. Curious.
Additionally, if I use 358 I usually experience a reboot after a seemingly random amount of time. After that it seems stable.
Any potential solutions to use the newer drivers and avoid the Cinnamon crashes/reboots would be appreciated.
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inxi -Fxz System: Host: jeff-laptop Kernel: 4.5.3-040503-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.2.1) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.0.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.1) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah Machine: System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: K401LB v: 1.0 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: K401LB v: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends v: K401LB.204 date: 08/26/2015 CPU: Dual core Intel Core i7-5500U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9577 clock speeds: max: 3000 MHz 1: 2408 MHz 2: 1552 MHz 3: 2400 MHz 4: 803 MHz Graphics: Card-1: Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0 Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce 940M] bus-ID: 04:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 driver: nvidia Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: GeForce 940M/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 358.16 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Card-2 Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.5.3-040503-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 4000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (23.2% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SDSSDA12 size: 120.0GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 102G used: 19G (20%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.49GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:41C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 25500 Info: Processes: 228 Uptime: 5 min Memory: 1633.3/7886.3MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.35