Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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I have installed three different versions on Mint (19.2, 19.3, 20) to try and resolve this issue, but it's the same problem for each version. After my install, I can choose any driver option other then Nouveau (5-6 different options), but after the restart, the resolution falls to minimum (1024x760 I think). Problem is that in the graphics options, there are no other resolutions to choose from. I have tried xrandr to force a new resolution, but even after it registers there is no change in resolution. I have tried to google it as well as video game forums for linux, but it does not seem to describe exactly what I am experiencing.

I am currently running only Linux, but I used to have MInt 19.2 and Windows 7 dual boot installed, and Mint never had these graphics issues. The problem only started after I decided to run only Linux and formated my C:\ (windows) drive to install Linux. Wondering if the C: drive format changed something...
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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Could you please list your system specs by opening and terminal and typing

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inxi -Fxxxrz
and putting the results inside the code tags ( click the </> button to get the tags). That might give us a clue as to what happened.
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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System:
  Host: ARMCOMP Kernel: 5.4.0-40-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.5.0 Desktop: MATE 1.22.2 info: mate-panel wm: marco 1.22.3 
  dm: LightDM 1.26.0 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P8Z77-V PRO v: Rev 1.xx 
  serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2104 date: 08/13/2013 
CPU:
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-3770K bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 56165 
  Speed: 1604 MHz min/max: 1600/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1606 2: 1605 
  3: 1605 4: 1605 5: 1605 6: 1605 7: 1605 8: 1605 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 660 Ti] vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: nouveau v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1183 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
  compositor: marco v: 1.22.3 resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: NVE4 v: 4.3 Mesa 19.2.8 direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:1e20 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0e0a 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-40-generic 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network vendor: ASUSTeK P8P67 Deluxe 
  driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f040 bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:1503 
  IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: ath9k v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 07:00.0 chip ID: 168c:0032 
  IF: wlp7s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 3.93 TiB used: 48.00 GiB (1.2%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102 size: 1.82 TiB 
  speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: 0001 scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102 size: 1.82 TiB 
  speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: 0001 scheme: GPT 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Samsung model: SSD 840 PRO Series size: 238.47 GiB 
  speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 5B0Q scheme: GPT 
  ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Samsung model: SSD Thin uSATA 64GB size: 59.63 GiB 
  speed: 1.5 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 5D15 scheme: GPT 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 233.24 GiB used: 47.99 GiB (20.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc2 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 34.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 41 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nouveau fan: 1080 
Repos:
  No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gezakovacs-ppa-bionic.list 
  1: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gezakovacs/ppa/ubuntu bionic main
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
  1: deb http://packages.linuxmint.com tricia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
  2: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
  3: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
  4: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
  5: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
  6: deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list 
  1: deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
Info:
  Processes: 246 Uptime: 1m Memory: 15.58 GiB used: 1.18 GiB (7.6%) 
  Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 target: graphical.target Compilers: 
  gcc: 7.5.0 alt: 7 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 running in: mate-terminal 
  inxi: 3.0.32 
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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For context, this is the output AFTER I made the driver changes.

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System:
  Host: ARMCOMP Kernel: 5.4.0-42-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.5.0 Desktop: MATE 1.22.2 info: mate-panel wm: marco 1.22.3 
  dm: LightDM 1.26.0 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P8Z77-V PRO v: Rev 1.xx 
  serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2104 date: 08/13/2013 
CPU:
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-3770K bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 56166 
  Speed: 1605 MHz min/max: 1600/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1605 2: 1605 
  3: 1605 4: 1605 5: 1605 6: 1605 7: 1605 8: 1605 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 660 Ti] vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: N/A bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1183 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: fbdev,nouveau 
  unloaded: modesetting,vesa compositor: marco v: 1.22.3 
  resolution: 1024x768~76Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 10.0.0 256 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 20.0.8 
  compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:1e20 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0e0a 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-42-generic 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network vendor: ASUSTeK P8P67 Deluxe 
  driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f040 bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:1503 
  IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: ath9k v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 07:00.0 chip ID: 168c:0032 
  IF: wlp7s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 3.93 TiB used: 51.34 GiB (1.3%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102 size: 1.82 TiB 
  speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: 0001 scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102 size: 1.82 TiB 
  speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: 0001 scheme: GPT 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Samsung model: SSD 840 PRO Series size: 238.47 GiB 
  speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 5B0Q scheme: GPT 
  ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Samsung model: SSD Thin uSATA 64GB size: 59.63 GiB 
  speed: 1.5 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 5D15 scheme: GPT 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 233.24 GiB used: 51.33 GiB (22.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc2 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 42.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Repos:
  No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gezakovacs-ppa-bionic.list 
  1: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gezakovacs/ppa/ubuntu bionic main
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
  1: deb http://packages.linuxmint.com tricia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
  2: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
  3: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
  4: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
  5: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
  6: deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list 
  1: deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
Info:
  Processes: 239 Uptime: 1m Memory: 15.58 GiB used: 1.04 GiB (6.7%) 
  Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 target: graphical.target Compilers: 
  gcc: 7.5.0 alt: 7 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 running in: mate-terminal 
  inxi: 3.0.32 
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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The post of "after I made the driver change" does not show a graphics driver being installed (it lists 'driver: N/A'). Nouveau was installed when you created the first listing and that also shows resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz. Did you try just not choosing a driver and using Nouveau (which is what appeared to install as your default)? I don't have an NVIDIA card on my LM20 laptop, but a lot of people on this forum seem to have success using nouveau, and 1920x1080 sounds pretty good to me.

Side note: I noticed in your system postings is they are using two different kernel versions. Depending upon when you last updated LM19.2 on your original Win7-Mint dual boot, you may not have had a version of the 5.4 kernel on it. The kernel version used can affect video drivers.
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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The two different kernel versions is weird, cause the only change I made between the two system postings was installing the driver. And even though the output says there is no driver, I promise I installed one.

I can continue with the nouveau driver, I was just hoping to have an updated driver as I have some steam games that are not as quick as when they were with windows, but Nouveau does work enough, so I guess that is what I will stick with.
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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I don't know if there is more than one way to install the video driver, so I can't give you guidance on that. I can only see from what you posted that the driver change didn't take because if it did there would be information there.

My recommendation at this point is to do a search on the forum and read some of the NVIDIA driver install issues others have had. That may give you some ideas or hints if no one else pops on this thread to help.
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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FYI, I finally got it figured out. Turns out that my secure book option in the BIOS was on (left over from my Windows 7 years ago). For whatever reason, there is a conflict of Nvidia drivers with secure boot...or some such thing. Anyway, small adjustment in the BIOS settings (Secure boot OFF), an all fixed. Maybe this can help fellow Mint users in the future.

Thanks.
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Re: Resolution disappearing upon driver install

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I knew secure boot being on would prevent Nvidia drivers from installing in LM20, but now you have verified that can happen in LM19 as well.

Please go to the first post in this thread and edit the title to add [SOLVED] to the beginning so others know to look here for advice can help them.
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