Hoping for some help with a particular issue wrt the graphics card above. Searched the forums and didn't find anything similar, closest one is this viewtopic.php?f=59&t=236832&start=20 but it's a laptop with two GPUs and not the same as my case. Also tried bits from other threads and another site, but no luck yet.
I bought a friend's gaming PC and successfully loaded Mint 18.3. All is good, except when I install the Nvidia 384 driver via the Driver Manager, the fun begins. Sometimes I get output to the monitor (24" LG connected via DVI and/or HDMI) but it just stops randomly and the monitor goes into sleep mode. E.g. sometimes I can't even get to the login screen, sometimes I can enter my password and just after that no output, sometimes I can log on successfully and work for a few minutes and no output again. There does not seem to be a specific trigger, but somehow it looks like the card stops giving output to the monitor and hence it goes to sleep. When this happens, I can't even get a tty by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1/2/etc, the monitor just remains in sleep mode. I've got it hooked up with both a DVI and HDMI cable, get sleep mode when switching the monitor between the sources so it's also not like the card decides to switch to a different output. So that's the simplest description of my problem, I hope it's clear enough......feel free to ask for more detail clarification.
The way I get video now is by removing all nvidia packages in recovery mode as per the 6th post in this thread viewtopic.php?t=217679
In Driver Manager I then choose the open source Noveau driver instead of Nvidia 384, but I think the Noveau driver fails to load anyway - see Output of # inxi -Fxz below:
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System: Host: TRFSTNII Kernel: 4.13.0-26-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Machine: Mobo: ASUSTeK model: Maximus III GENE v: Rev 1.xx Bios: American Megatrends v: 1202 date: 12/07/2009 CPU: Quad core Intel Core i5 750 (-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 21398 clock speeds: max: 2668 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1200 MHz 3: 1333 MHz 4: 1467 MHz Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GM206 [GeForce GTX 960] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: NV126 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.4 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Card-2 NVIDIA Device 0fba driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-26-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: c800 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/5213/2414 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath5k bus-ID: 07:01.0 IF: wlp7s1 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 715.8GB (27.5% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3500418AS size: 500.1GB ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD2000JS size: 200.0GB ID-3: USB /dev/sdc model: STORE_N_GO size: 15.6GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 443G used: 18G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: swap-1 size: 17.17GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 42.5C mobo: 35.0C psu: 33.0 gpu: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2102 Info: Processes: 194 Uptime: 1:54 Memory: 1318.0/16030.6MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
I have not tried doing solution proffered in this thread viewtopic.php?t=194935, it's an older one and instructs to download & install the latest driver from the Nvidia website. Also rather advanced and fiddles with grub and whatnot, I'm hoping to avoid that.
Any help and ideas will be appreciated. Thanks!