I cannot get my new laptop to display the Ubuntu login screen when using NVIDIA proprietary drivers.
I have a new HP Pavilion 15 Gaming ec1001na with the following specs:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
- RAM: 8GB 3200MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 4GB sticks)
- Storage: Windows 10 on 256GB NVMe SSD, Ubuntu on 512GB Samsung EVO SSD
- Bootloader: Grub on 512GB SSD, defaulting to Ubuntu, SecureBoot turned off
I can only get the laptop to boot into Ubuntu if I uninstall all NVIDIA drivers and activate (unblacklist) the open-source Nouveau driver. However, the frame rate with the Nouveau driver is diabolical (1-2fps) when running the Unigine Valley benchmark. (I also can’t get Lutris to run Epic Games due to a Vulkan driver issue despite the drivers being installed.) So the Nouveau driver is just not good enough.
I have tried all the following drivers (taking care to uninstall the old drivers before trying a new one):
- NVIDIA Linux 430.09 installed via the ubuntu graphics-drivers ppa
- NVIDIA Linux 430.09 installed via the NVIDIA installable (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-430.09.run)
- NVIDIA Linux 435.21 installed via the ubuntu graphics-drivers ppa
- NVIDIA Linux 435.21 installed via the NVIDIA installable (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-435.21.run)
- NVIDIA Linux 450.57 installed via the ubuntu graphics-drivers ppa
- NVIDIA Linux 450.57 installed via the NVIDIA installable (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-450.57.run)
For each one, I have tried booting with nomodeset and without nomodeset in the Grub config.
I have tried using both these display managers with each:
lspci | grep VGA shows:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 1f99 (rev a1) 05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Renoir (rev c7)
I have tried disabling Wayland for gdm3:
# GDM configuration storage # # See /usr/share/gdm/gdm.schemas for a list of available options. [daemon] # Uncomment the line below to force the login screen to use Xorg WaylandEnable=false # Enabling automatic login # AutomaticLoginEnable = true # AutomaticLogin = user1 # Enabling timed login # TimedLoginEnable = true # TimedLogin = user1 # TimedLoginDelay = 10 [security] [xdmcp] [chooser] [debug] # Uncomment the line below to turn on debugging # More verbose logs # Additionally lets the X server dump core if it crashes Enable=true
I have modified the X11 to directly address the NVIDIA graphics card:
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig # nvidia-xconfig: version 450.57 Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Layout0" Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0 InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard" InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer" EndSection Section "Files" EndSection Section "InputDevice" # generated from default Identifier "Mouse0" Driver "mouse" Option "Protocol" "auto" Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSection Section "InputDevice" # generated from default Identifier "Keyboard0" Driver "kbd" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor0" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "Unknown" Option "DPMS" EndSection Section "Device" # My BusID Found by lspci | grep VGA BusID "PCI:1:0:0" Identifier "Device0" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" EndSection Section "Screen" # Option "SLI" "off" # Option "MultiGPU" "off" # Option "UseDisplayDevice" "DFP" Identifier "Screen0" Device "Device0" Monitor "Monitor0" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection
With any of the proprietary drivers, I simply can’t reach the login screen. I just see either a flashing horizontal cursor on the top left of the screen, or a completely black screen. I can access tty2 and I can SSH into the laptop.
My NVIDIA bug report output (I’ve removed repeated lines and the base64 log blocks to fit it in the size limit):
How do I get the NVIDIA proprietary drivers working on Ubuntu 20.04?
(Alternatively, how do I get Nouveau producing an actual sane usable frame rate in video rendering / gaming?)
When I thought the system was booting into the Ubuntu desktop environment on Nouveau, it was actually running on the AMD 4600H integrated graphics (amdgpu).
So any attempt to run on the nVidia GPU whether by Nouveau or by proprietary drivers seems to fail.
I’m able to return this laptop under RMA if you think it’ll be impossible to get working?