tl;dr: on my dual boot, i can’t boot Ubuntu via grub, with advanced boot options i can enter the OS but the nvidia drivers won’t work.
Its been a few weeks that i got my new machine, i always had a Alienware 17 r4 (1070) with dual boot running on ubuntu 20.04 LTS, so when i got this new one i promptly did the same and installed the dual boot.
The first issue was that the livecd (pendrive) would not show any image on the screen, but i could tell it was starting because of the noise, anyway when i restarted and re-entered the livecd with safe graphics, that way the image was there and i managed to install ubuntu normally.
After that i have some problems regarding the GPU drivers that i don’t really remember how i solved them, but after a while everything was working properly, nvidia-smi was displaying the GPU and i was being able to use the laptop normally.
After a few weeks, one day the pc stopped booting properly on ubuntu via grub, (windows still works fine), so the only way to access ubuntu was going into the advanced ubuntu settings, entering the safe mode on any kernel version and just straight resume the boot, that will take me to the login screen and the OS will boot, but the GPU won’t be recognized anymore, when i nvidia-smi it says it couldn’t reach the drivers
NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldnt communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.
I formatted the system a few times with different installation parameters, even now i have 21.04 installed, and the error is still the same.
Probably because i haven’t booted straight from grub, some graphical drivers won’t load, so any error message from inside ubuntu won’t be much relevant.
Can you guys help me out with that? I don’t want to be stuck working with windows anymore