I have bit of a instability problem which I try to describe below. As I understand a lot of people have similar difficulties, so maybe this could help them as well.
I have been trying to solve this for a while now and I have no valuable data on my computer yet, so I’m open for suggestions.
Experiencing frequent crashes, mainly when using Firefox and other standard Gnome/Manjaro applications.
I have set up Prime with proprietary nvidia 415.27 driver running Manjaro on a Dell G5 GTX1060M.
I have a recently purchased a laptop: Dell G5 5587 with a GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile for casual 3D modelling and programming.
Out of the box it had Ubuntu installed with nvidia graphic card unset (only visible as “unknown”). There was a posibility to activate proprietary nvidia drivers from a menu, but never tried to use their setup, since I wanted to use a different distro anyway and in my naivety thought that this should not be much of a challenge. :D
Long story short, I first tried setting up nvidia on OpenSuse, then Arch Linux and now Im running Manjaro 4.19.20. OpenSuse felt broken from the start, thus I switched to Arch where I tried setting up and running Bumblebee and later bbswitch. Neither worked well for me (which could be due to my own mistakes).
I decided to re-format everything and try to run nvidia proprietary drivers with Prime. By accident I came across a promising tutorial for Manjaro and since it [Manjaro] shares similarities with Arch I gave it a go.
The tutorial I used for graphics after installing Manjaro: https://forum.manjaro.org/t/howto-set-up-prime-with-nvidia-proprietary-driver/40225
Also as a youtube video:
Manjaro installs noveau by default which constantly freezes and sometimes crashes. Thus I jumped directly to step #2: Install NVIDIA drivers in the tutorial and did everything until SDDM (since I don’t have SDDM).
Now the system “works” as long as I avoid using Firefox and many of the standard gnome applications.
However when I have used LibreOffice and Blender 2.8 it never crashed so far. LibreOffice is not heavy on the GPU, but in Blender I have done renderings using Cycles with GPU - CUDA. Not OpenCL since its not available as an option for some reason.
What I have installed:
- Manjaro Gnome Edition 4.19.20 (runs X11 - not wayland)
- The mentioned tutorial. - that’s it.
When it crashes:
Sometimes is crashes even when using standard Gnome/Manjaro applications, like “Settings”.
However, when using Firefox it crashes as if it was scheduled (I tried to uncheck hardware acceleration in Firefox, but it didn’t help).
It especially crashes when playing youtube videos (I have not installed flash).
All of these crashes follow the same procedure.
First the screen and sound freezes and after a short while caps lock starts blinking, then it goes into restart. When it starts up, it does so with a buggy keyboard - unless I do hard shutdown.
When it usually doesn’t crash:
When using LibreOffice, Blender 2.8
Many Thanks in advance!!!