I've just completed a fresh new installation of Mint for the first time... I am now trying to install the nvidia drivers for my graphic card, but it seems that none of those listed in the drivers manager would work: my laptop would always randomly crash down after a few seconds or minutes and shutdown completely.
The drivers available in the driver manager and that I have tested are:
and these three series are said to support this laptop graphic card: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
However, it seems that the newer the driver, the quicker the system fails: the fan of the processor would make a lot of noise and then the whole computer shuts down.
The only relatively stable driver I can use at the moment is xserver-xorg-video-nouveau.
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System: Host: XXXXXX Kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.3.1) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.0.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah Machine: System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: N56VM v: 1.0 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: N56VM v: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends v: N56VM.206 date: 04/13/2012 CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-3610QM (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 18358 clock speeds: max: 3300 MHz 1: 1204 MHz 2: 1310 MHz 3: 1297 MHz 4: 1234 MHz 5: 1358 MHz 6: 1214 MHz 7: 1810 MHz 8: 1410 MHz Graphics: Card-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Card-2: NVIDIA GF108M [GeForce GT 630M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Note that I first tried and installed LM18.3 and 18.2 but couldn't have them stabilized with any boot option (EFI or BIOS, nomodeset or compatibility). When I try and install LM18.3 and 18.2, the fan of the processor would make a lot of noise after a few seconds or minutes, randomly when it's starting up or after login, and then the whole computer shuts down, similarly to when I try and install an nvidia driver.
For comparison, I don't have such issues with the Win7 OEM.
Do I have to install one of those listed there (https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers ... ubuntu/ppa) even if they are not listed in the LM Driver manager? And which would I choose? Are they stable? If they are, why are they not listed in the Driver manager?
Thanks for your insights,