I am trying to run the new Cuda 7 on the Dell Precision M3800 (2014 version - 2015 they have announced a very minor upgrade with a slightly higher dpi retina display. Mine came with Windows), but I want to do so under Linux.
Exasperated as all permuations of installs brick the computer, except for running lightweight (non-accelerated) display managers such as i3 or LXDE.
I have tried the installation several times, using .deb on 14.04 and 14.10 Ubuntu fresh installations, also .rpm on OpenSUSE 13.2 fresh install using all of the instructions: http://docs.nvidia.com/cuda/cuda-getting-started-guide-for-linux/index.html#axzz3VhcfbR3Y
In all cases Cuda works fine (testing using Anaconda Accelerate) until I reboot, and then it bricks even before the login screen.
I think it’s happening at the ACPI daemon because that’s where it freezes if I boot to text mode.
I have been able to get the .run file working on Ubuntu, but only under lightweight window managers (i3 and LXDE). The .run installation seems not to brick the login screen, but I get errors if I am running any accelerated window manager such as Unity, or Gnome 3.
So I can get Linux + Cuda 7 on this M3800, but then I don’t have accelerated graphics (literally 1 fps if I use enlightenment software rendering on the webgl cubes).
It’s strange because it seems to work fine if I don’t reboot. Until I do so, I have Cuda 7 and accelerated graphics, under Unity (or gnome).
Yes I did blacklist Nouveau, and under i3/.run if I run the Ubuntu drivers page it shows up as manual driver being used. If i use .deb/.rpm then before reboot It shows Nouveau selected still (though i believe this is normal as Cuda 7 wraps 346 driver under Nouveau or something?). After reboot, brick.
Anyway highly frustrated. Would happily tear out the Intel HD4600 chip which I am sure is the source of all the complication in this laptop, and use Nvidia only as I care much more for performance than batteries.