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How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

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How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#1 Post by FX9ZVI » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:28 pm

Despite going through the NVIDIA installer utility, my graphics card is still not being used. I believe it may be related to my lspci -v ouput
"01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK104M [GeForce GTX 880M] (rev ff) (prog-if ff)
!!! Unknown header type 7f
Kernel modules: nvidia
"

I've scoured the web for answers and it may be due to some of my BIOS settings, though I have no clue. Any of you experienced similar problems?
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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#2 Post by Stevo » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:43 pm

Please give us the output of the "Quick System Info" in MX Tools, in code tags, so we can can scan that for common Nvidia problems.

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#3 Post by Eadwine Rose » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:52 pm

Also.. are you using 17.1 or 18 beta?
MX-17.1_x64 Horizon 3-2018 * 4.15.0-1-amd64 ext4 Xfce 4.12.3 * AMD Asus M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 * ASUS GF GT640-1GD5-L NVIDIA 384.130 * AMD Proc. Athl II X4 635, sAM3 * HDA ATI SB VT1708S An * 2x4Gb DDR3 1600 Kingst * 22" Samsung SyncM P2250 * HP Envy5030

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#4 Post by FX9ZVI » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:18 pm

System: Host: POWERBOX Kernel: 4.15.0-1-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3
Distro: MX-17.1_x64 Horizon March 14 2018
Machine: Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: G750JZ v: 1.0 serial: <root required>
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: G750JZ v: 1.0 serial: <root required> UEFI: American Megatrends
v: G750JZ.207 date: 04/24/2014
Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 64.4 Wh condition: 80.3/89.2 Wh (90%)
CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-4700HQ bits: 64 type: MT MCP
L2 cache: 6144 KiB
Speed: 1479 MHz min/max: 800/3400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1096 2: 1072 3: 1094
4: 1090 5: 1093 6: 1096 7: 1097 8: 1097
Graphics: Device-1: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel
Device-2: NVIDIA GK104M [GeForce GTX 880M] driver: nvidia v: 384.130
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.2 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile v: 3.3 Mesa 13.0.6
Audio: Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Device-2: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-1-amd64
Network: Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 9c:d2:1e:61:af:ac
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet driver: alx
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: f0:79:59:06:3f:7e
Device-3: Atheros AR3012 Bluetooth 4.0 type: USB driver: btusb
Drives: Local Storage: total: 7.97 TiB used: 63.45 GiB (0.8%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Hitachi model: HTS545050A7E380 size: 465.76 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Expansion Desk size: 7.28 TiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: SanDisk model: SD5SE2256G1002E size: 238.47 GiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 231.49 GiB used: 63.45 GiB (27.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc2
ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdc3
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 2300
Repos: Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list
1: deb http://iso.mxrepo.com/antix/stretch stretch main
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main contrib non-free
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
1: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
2: deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list
1: deb http://mxrepo.com/mx/repo/ stretch main non-free
No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list
Info: Processes: 231 Uptime: 21m Memory: 23.43 GiB used: 1.38 GiB (5.9%) Shell: init
inxi: 3.0.25


Is the output of the quick system info tools, I'm using 17.1 right now

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#5 Post by Stevo » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:32 pm

So you have an Optimus system, as I suspected. Did the Nvidia driver installer tell you that? It's supposed to detect those setups automatically.

What do you get with

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optirun inxi -G
(in code tags this time, please, like above)

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#6 Post by FX9ZVI » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:39 pm

Sorry about not putting the output in code, here's optirun inxi -G

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 Graphics:  Device-1: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GK104M [GeForce GTX 880M] driver: nvidia v: 384.130 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.2 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
           resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 880M/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 384.130 
 

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#7 Post by Stevo » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:53 pm

OK, Bumblebee is working to switch the Nvidia card on to do the 3D rendering, as you can see from the last line. That's how Bumblee works in Linux--the Intel card always handles the 2D display, but running a program like a game with "optirun" has it use the Nvidia card to handle the 3D parts. You can install virtualgl and run the "glxspheres" (32-bit) or "glxspheres64" (64-bit) benchmark with and without "optirun" to see the difference.

Nvidia-settings should be accessible with

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optirun -b none nvidia-settings -c :8
So, is there a program you'd like to use the Nvidia card?

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#8 Post by FX9ZVI » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:59 pm

I'd like to get the card working with steam. On a similar note, I was checking over the NVIDIA setting and for whatever reason it believes my screen it 640x480. Could this be a problem?
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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#9 Post by Stevo » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:44 pm

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_art ... -GJKC-7437 Use glxgears instead of glxspheres if that does not work.

The Intel GPU normally handles the display at all times on an Optimus system, so the Nvidia card can't see the real display, just a fake one to get Nvidia-settings to run.

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Re: How do I get my NVIDIA card working?

#10 Post by FX9ZVI » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:55 pm

Is there anyway to monitor my GPU performance at all time? Even when I run a game with "primusrun" the nvidia card doesn't show any utilization on the nvidia x server program.

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