I'm a new Mint user, but at the moment I cannot use it. I'm having a problem in that my display resolution is stuck at 640*480 and with a warning at startup: "Currently running without video hardware acceleration". I'm using an nVidia GeForce 1050Ti. I'm currently using an HDMI cable to connect that card to my monitor, but am using a separate 3.5mm cable to handle audio. I have a number of hard drives, all exFAT except for the Linux boot drive (ext4 I think) and the Windows boot drive, NTFS. I'm trying to dual-boot, with a choice at startup between Mint 19.3 64 bit with Cinnamon display and Windows 10.
It's a bit messy because when I run Mint from a Live USB stick, it works fine and after I install Mint, it also works fine for the first few restarts. Then I get the above warning and am told to launch Driver Manager, at which point I can make it work again by switching (from the nVidia driver) to the X11 Noveau driver. But that fix only lasts a session or two, after which I get permanently stuck at 640*480 and when prompted to launch Driver Manager, the only enabled option is "Continue using a manually installed driver" (which I never installed, obviously) and the Revert and Apply Changes buttons are not enabled.
Unfortunately, I had re-installed Mint because the last installation failed in almost exactly the same way. My problem is somewhat similar to what this user had some years ago: viewtopic.php?t=185774
Except I'm using nVidia graphics instead of SiS, my hardware is considerably newer, my system does work for the first few sessions after installation, and I'm getting warning messages about video acceleration that this user might not have, so I'm not sure how much overlap there is. As far as fixes go I'm more or less stuck with the command prompt, because obviously at 640*480 the system is not usable. So I'm stuck using Windoze all the time for now.
In the hope it might help, I took some advice from that thread and did a dump from the inxi program,
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sean@sean-MS-7971:~$ inxi -Fx System: Host: sean-MS-7971 Kernel: 5.0.0-32-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.5 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: MSI model: Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) v: 2.0 serial: <root required> UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: A.A0 date: 07/27/2016 CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-6600 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Skylake-S rev: 3 L2 cache: 6144 KiB flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 26496 Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1747 2: 1675 3: 1495 4: 2138 Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GP107 [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 435.21 bus ID: 01:00.0 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau unloaded: vesa resolution: 640x480~73Hz OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 9.0 256 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 19.2.8 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel 100 Series/C230 Series Family HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI Sunrise Point-H driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 Device-2: NVIDIA GP107GL High Definition Audio vendor: eVga.com. driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.0.0-32-generic Network: Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 07:00.0 IF: enp7s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 4c:cc:6a:66:82:eb Drives: Local Storage: total: 12.13 TiB used: 3.53 TiB (29.1%) ID-1: /dev/sda type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Expansion Desk size: 3.64 TiB ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Western Digital model: WD60EZRZ-00GZ5B1 size: 5.46 TiB ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 500GB size: 465.76 GiB ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Intel model: SSDSC2KW512G8 size: 476.94 GiB ID-5: /dev/sdi type: USB vendor: Toshiba model: External USB 3.0 size: 1.82 TiB ID-6: /dev/sdj type: USB vendor: Toshiba model: StorE HDD size: 298.09 GiB Partition: ID-1: / size: 468.45 GiB used: 13.08 GiB (2.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdd1 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 21.0 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 222 Uptime: 2m Memory: 15.62 GiB used: 991.1 MiB (6.2%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 inxi: 3.0.32