I have a problem getting proprietary Nvidia driver to work on Linux Mint with multiple monitors correctly. In the following I give a brief introduction to what I have tried and how far I got:
I have a Dell Precision M6600 with Nvidia Quadro K3000M graphics card. M6600 sits on the Dell docking station to which my other monitor Dell U2515H is connected via displayport.
I did a fresh install of Linux Mint 18.1 and everything looked fine. Even the two monitors seemed to work in extended desktop mode out of the box.
I set the U2515H to be to the left of the laptop display to reflect their physical positioning.
After saving the settings and restarting Linux Mint 18.1 did not seem to retain the saved settings and placed the U2515H back to the right side of the laptop display. But that's not the main issue here.
The usage of open source graphics driver did result in some artifacts (trailing mouse pointer etc.) on the screen so I guessed it might be a driver problem. I opened the Driver Manager and applied the nvidia-367 driver as it was listed and also recommended there.
After restarting the laptop the U2515H was not showing anything, only the laptop screen was detected. Trying to change the laptops display mode with Fn+F8 did not do anything.
robert@Robert-Precision-M6600 ~ $ xrandr Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 32767 x 32767 LVDS1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 382mm x 215mm 1920x1080 60.01*+ 59.93 40.01 1680x1050 59.95 59.88 1600x1024 60.17 1400x1050 59.98 1600x900 60.00 1280x1024 60.02 1440x900 59.89 1280x960 60.00 1368x768 60.00 1360x768 59.80 59.96 1152x864 60.00 1280x720 60.00 1024x768 60.00 1024x576 60.00 960x540 60.00 800x600 60.32 56.25 864x486 60.00 640x480 59.94 720x405 60.00 640x360 60.00 VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
As I was stuck and didn't know what to do I decided to try other driver versions. I did
sudo apt-get purge nvidia* ->
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa ->
sudo apt-get update as per this article NVIDIA: how to install the latest video card drivers.
Then I opened Driver Manager again and chose the newest supported driver:
Nvidia Quadro Driver Release 378 supports my Quadro K3000M.
After restarting the issue was still there although it seemed in the Driver Manager that the driver had been installed. But looking at lsmod output:
robert@Robert-Precision-M6600 ~ $ lsmod | grep nvidia robert@Robert-Precision-M6600 ~ $ lsmod | grep nouveau nouveau 1495040 0 mxm_wmi 16384 1 nouveau ttm 94208 1 nouveau i2c_algo_bit 16384 2 i915,nouveau drm_kms_helper 155648 2 i915,nouveau drm 364544 8 ttm,i915,drm_kms_helper,nouveau wmi 20480 3 dell_wmi,mxm_wmi,nouveau video 40960 4 i915,dell_wmi,nouveau,dell_laptop
... and Nvidia X Server settings:
... it seems open source driver is still in use.
I chose the Nvidia (Performance mode) and it asked me to log out to apply the changes which I did. After logging in again I opened Nvidia X Server settings and it was defaulted to Intel (Power Saving Mode) again no matter how many times I tried to apply Nvidia (Performance mode) and logging out and in again.
I decided to try the nvidia-375 driver listed in Driver Manager. Did the apply -> restart but still no luck. Nvidia X Server GUI output was the same as before, same with
lsmod | grep nvidia and
lsmod | grep nouveau. It seems the open source driver is still in use.
I also tried the nvidia-370 driver listes in Driver Manager, but the result is the same. I have no idea what to do next, which logs entries to look for and where?
grep "nvidia" /var/log/syslog and the output is HERE
In short I would like to get the extended desktop mode to work with Nvidia proprietary driver. After a whole day wasted I'm out of ideas. As I'm not a linux guru I lack the knowledge to debug this issue by myself I was hoping maybe someone smarter could help me with it if they have the time and will. Thank you in advance!
> EDIT #1
Tried to do
sudo nvidia-settings as suggested by @trendon to try to forcefully apply Nvidia (Performance mode). Logged out -> logged in. Nothing changed. Although
sudo nvidia-settings gave the following output:
robert@Robert-Precision-M6600 ~ $ sudo nvidia-settings [sudo] password for robert: ERROR: Error querying enabled displays on GPU 0 (Missing Extension). ERROR: Error querying connected displays on GPU 0 (Missing Extension). ** Message: PRIME: No offloading required. Abort ** Message: PRIME: is it supported? no ERROR: nvidia-settings could not find the registry key file. This file should have been installed along with this driver at /usr/share/nvidia/nvidia-application-profiles-key-documentation. The application profiles will continue to work, but values cannot be prepopulated or validated, and will not be listed in the help text. Please see the README for possible values and descriptions.
Also went into BIOS, searched for option to disable Intel's graphics but there was none. I was only able to disable Nvidia Optimus Technology so for the sake of trying anything I did that. Booted into linux. Everything was back to the beginning - both monitors worked in extended desktop mode using the open source driver.
xrandr detected my other monitor aswell which wasn't the case before when I applied the Nvidia driver the first time:
robert@Robert-Precision-M6600 ~ $ xrandr Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 4480 x 1440, maximum 32767 x 32767 LVDS1 connected primary 1920x1080+2560+360 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 382mm x 215mm 1920x1080 60.01*+ 59.93 40.01 1680x1050 59.95 59.88 1600x1024 60.17 1400x1050 59.98 1600x900 60.00 1280x1024 60.02 1440x900 59.89 1280x960 60.00 1368x768 60.00 1360x768 59.80 59.96 1152x864 60.00 1280x720 60.00 1024x768 60.00 1024x576 60.00 960x540 60.00 800x600 60.32 56.25 864x486 60.00 640x480 59.94 720x405 60.00 640x360 60.00 VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) DP-1-1 disconnected DP-1-2 disconnected DP-1-3 connected 2560x1440+0+0 553mm x 311mm 2560x1440 59.95*+ 2048x1152 60.00 1920x1200 59.88 1920x1080 60.00 50.00 59.94 30.00 25.00 24.00 29.97 23.98 1920x1080i 60.00 50.00 59.94 1600x1200 60.00 1680x1050 59.95 1280x1024 75.02 60.02 1200x960 59.99 1152x864 75.00 1280x720 60.00 50.00 59.94 1024x768 75.08 60.00 800x600 75.00 60.32 720x576 50.00 720x576i 50.00 720x480 60.00 59.94 720x480i 60.00 59.94 640x480 75.00 60.00 59.94 720x400 70.08 1680x1050 (0x56) 146.250MHz -HSync +VSync h: width 1680 start 1784 end 1960 total 2240 skew 0 clock 65.29KHz v: height 1050 start 1053 end 1059 total 1089 clock 59.95Hz 1280x1024 (0x58) 108.000MHz +HSync +VSync h: width 1280 start 1328 end 1440 total 1688 skew 0 clock 63.98KHz v: height 1024 start 1025 end 1028 total 1066 clock 60.02Hz 1024x768 (0x5f) 65.000MHz -HSync -VSync h: width 1024 start 1048 end 1184 total 1344 skew 0 clock 48.36KHz v: height 768 start 771 end 777 total 806 clock 60.00Hz 800x600 (0x61) 40.000MHz +HSync +VSync h: width 800 start 840 end 968 total 1056 skew 0 clock 37.88KHz v: height 600 start 601 end 605 total 628 clock 60.32Hz 640x480 (0x6a) 25.175MHz -HSync -VSync h: width 640 start 656 end 752 total 800 skew 0 clock 31.47KHz v: height 480 start 490 end 492 total 525 clock 59.94Hz
Went into Driver Manager. Applied the latest Nvidia driver (nvidia-378). Shutdown. Went into BIOS and enabled Nvidia Optimus Technology. Booted into linux. Nvidia driver still not working.
lsmod | grep nvidia did not give any output. Driver Manager window states at the bottom left corner that No proprietary drivers are in use although the nvidia-378 driver is selected active state.
> EDIT #2
inxi -Gxz output:
Graphics: Card-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Card-2: NVIDIA GK104GLM [Quadro K3000M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log output (pastebin)
cat /home/robert/.xsession-errors output (pastebin)