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Mint 18.1 and Video Drivers

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  1. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I just purchased a brand new Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive and install Mint 18.1 64-bit on it.
    Of course one of the first things I do is update Cinnamon and install Nvidia 378 drivers.

    Reboot

    For some strange reason I am still getting this "Running in software rendering mode" pop-up. Normally that happens when the video card/chip isn't supported, so Linux will use the CPU instead. I'm guessing that something isn't working so I uninstall the drivers and go with nouveau drivers.
    No go... still get the same pop-up

    mode.png

    So now I figure, maybe its the kernel and Mint update has a kernel update available. So I install the new kernel: 4.4.0-66-generic

    Reboot

    Still no luck. I normally install Nvidia drivers from the xedgers ppa and since it didn't work, I just tried the reliable Mint Nvidia drivers, but still nothing

    nvidia.png

    As you can see, I have "2 proprietary drivers in use" but Cinnamon really doesn't believe that because I'm stuck in "software rendering mode"

    After some research I found that adding "nomodeset" in the Grub boot options might fix this, but it didn't work.
    When I run: glxinfo | grep render
    Code:
    direct rendering: Yes
        GLX_MESA_multithread_makecurrent, GLX_MESA_query_renderer,
        GLX_MESA_multithread_makecurrent, GLX_MESA_query_renderer,
    Extended renderer info (GLX_MESA_query_renderer):
    OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.8, 128 bits)
        GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted, GL_ARB_conservative_depth,
        GL_NV_conditional_render, GL_NV_depth_clamp, GL_NV_packed_depth_stencil,
        GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted, GL_ARB_conservative_depth,
        GL_NV_blend_square, GL_NV_conditional_render, GL_NV_depth_clamp,
        GL_OES_element_index_uint, GL_OES_fbo_render_mipmap, 
    This actually makes sense because I have an AMD CPU and its processing all of the graphics right now, but its supposed to output Nvidia info...

    I'm not sure what else to try at this point
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    I have no experience with integrated graphics, but I have heard that some let you completely disable the integrated graphics in the BIOS setup, so you could have a look if some option like that is available.
  3. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I'm pretty sure my Athlon II doe not have integrated GPU
    Its using the CPU for processing graphics.
    Strange that I've never experienced this before and I have 6 computer with Mint 18 installed, GeForce GPU's and no problems.

    Maybe its related to the BIOS and the SSD drive?
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Here is my CPU: Athlon II 455
    Definitely no integrated graphics. Even my motherboard doesn't have integrated graphics. Its all GeForce GTX 960 in there
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Fixed!
    I still have my old SSD with Mint 17.3 on it and decided to go back and play a game.
    Shutdown and about 3 hours later, booted up and now the drivers are fine...
    I have no idea what happened?
    But no more pop-up and games are working perfectly.

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