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Google Earth & Nvidia video problems [Solved]

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:34 am
by GS3

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inxi -Fx
Host: HPCLM: 4.4.0-141-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.4 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya

System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP Compaq Elite 8300 CMT
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 3396
Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: K01 v02.05 date: 05/07/2012

Quad core Intel Core i5-3470 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
lags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 25541
clock speeds: max: 3600 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1695 MHz 3: 1604 MHz 4: 1600 MHz

Card-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
Card-2: NVIDIA GF108 [GeForce GT 730] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: intel
Resolution: 1920x1200@59.95hz, 1360x768@60.02hz
GLX Renderer: NVC1, GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.8 Direct Rendering: Yes
I was running Google Earth V 32 bit and it was nagging me to update to a newer version. So finally I gave in and updated and it installed V7.3.2.5776 64 bit.

Now the program starts OK but displays only a single tile in the top left corner. I have been searching and it seems this is a common problem with this version of GE. It seems it may be a problem with incompatibility with the NVidia video card or driver.

I have a vague recollection of having faced this issue before and just returning to an earlier version of GE. It is a vague memory and maybe it was in Windows or maybe something else entirely but I think I went back to an earlier version.

So what is the best course of action? Go back to the earlier version of GE? Change video driver?

I am also having a lot of heavy flickering with TeamViewer and I wonder if it may be caused by the video driver and if trying a different driver might resolve this issue as well as the Google Earth issue.

I have read the "nouveau" driver causes problems and I see that appears in my configuration. Maybe somebody can explain?

This youtube video How To Fix Video Tearing | Nvidia Driver | Linux seems like it may be related but, frankly it all goes right over my head. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can guide me.

BTW, the onboard graphics Intel Xeon E3-1200 I am not really using and could be disabled.

E.T.A: Also BTW after updating Google earth i was getting a "keyring password" error and I had to spend some time searching until I found a solution which seemed to be deleting the key ring password and letting it ask for a new one... or something. I don't even understand what's going on here or why this would happen when updating Google Earth. I should have left it alone.

Re: Google Earth & Nvidia video problems

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:41 pm
by kyphi
Why don't you install an nvidia driver from the Driver Manager?

I am using GE version 7.3.2 without any problems with a nvidia 390 driver.
Also using Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.1.

Re: Google Earth & Nvidia video problems

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:06 pm
by GS3
Is that likely to resolve the issue?

How risky is it? I would hate to make matters worse. Especially if I am left with a non-working system.

How would I do it? What driver should I look for and how?

Is it the case that I am using some generic Linux driver?

Why wouldn't Linux automatically install the best driver?

Re: Google Earth & Nvidia video problems

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:10 pm
by kyphi
Although the nouveau driver is very good, it has some limitations in that it is unable to adequately render some graphics intensive programs. I have a puzzle game called Cogs which will not even open with nouveau but it opens and runs perfectly using the proprietary nvidia driver.

Open the Driver Manager in the main menu under Administration and see what the recommendations are for installing a nvidia proprietary driver. If you find that it does not solve your issue, you can use the Driver Manager to revert to the nouveau driver or any other listed driver.

The "best" driver depends on what your requirements are and Linux cannot make that choice for you. It is up to you.

Re: Google Earth & Nvidia video problems

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:25 pm
by GS3
I installed the NVidia driver and now Google Earth works fine.

I will open other tickets with the other issues.

Thanks for your help.