SMG wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:40 pm
Eric23 wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:38 pm
I wanted to install steam and try running some games, and I did get Planet Coaster to run, but again after a few minutes the whole pc locked up. I tried downgrading the graphics driver from 450 to 390, but Planet coaster wouldn't load because it said it couldn't find DirectX. I upgraded the driver back to 450 and the game loaded but locked up the pc after a minute or two.
Where you doing all these graphics driver changes using Driver Manager?
Thank you for all the help so far.
I think I have made some progress with the lock ups this afternoon, though its too early to be 100% sure.
I had the pc custom built back in 2011, It was overclocked buy the company to 4.6ghz.
I opted for windows 7 instead of 8 and they shipped it pre configured. I ran the computer like that until last week when the HDD finally failed. In all that time I only encountered 2 BSOD (once out of the box because of graphics drivers, and again a few years later when I upgraded the graphics cards)
It was a super stable and reliable machine.
I junked the HDD and put in an old but hardly used 750 GB one I had with some old backups i didn't need any more. I downloaded mint 20 using a crappy old laptop running mint 19 and made a USB boot drive and installed it.
Anyway, this afternoon I decided to rest the BIOS back to default (losing my overclock) and so far it has not locked up despite playing Planet coaster for an hour, and Cities Skylines for about 2 hours today. Though Cities Skylines did crash once, but the system didn't lock up.
I also changed my keyboard out as the crash reports were keyboard related, so maybe that is part of it. Oh there was a Kernel update this morning that happened before I reset the BIOS.
There are so many variables I have no real clue what's worked. I guess the BIOS was the problem but I can't be sure.
I guess overclocking is not a good idea with Linux? The overclock that I had been running since 2011 was stable in windows, but maybe Linux hated it? I don't know how to overclock my CPU and now that its gone I guess it will have to stay at 3.5ghz.
I think there is still some work to do to get the Nvidia settings tweaked, as the intermittent screen tearing in Firefox is slightly annoying. Though in games there isn't any that i noticed.
I used the driver manager to install the Nvidia drivers. I'm on 450, I have tried 390, 418 and 435.
390 was a total no, games on steam just wont launch. I think 435 worked for games, I can't remember now. I have tried so much stuff I have lost track.
I have only tried 450 since resetting the BIOS, so maybe 435 will work better.
In the software manager if i search for nvidia it shows that I have Nvidia settings, Nvidia-prime and Screen-resolution-extra installed. I didn't knowingly install them, I guess the driver manager did?
I wish it was easier to know what driver you need for your card. I kind of like going to the website and picking the exact one listed for your card. At least you know you have the correct one. In Linux it seems to be a guessing game.
I bet after writing this the system will freeze up just to spite me. Though it would have frozen up several times buy now, so its looking promising.
If I can get rid of the screen tearing in Firefox then I don't think I will have much to complain about. Apart for losing my overclock
I will continue to look for solutions for the screen tearing, and if after a few day there are no lock ups I guess I will mark this post as solved.