A couple of months ago, I posted a few threads on here about having serious troubles with installing Manjaro on my Dell XPS 15 9560 with an Intel integrated graphics card as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 dedicated card. The solution I eventually found was to perform my installation using the Manjaro Architect and manually choose to only install the Intel graphics drivers.
I have now been running Manjaro KDE (and i3 recently installed as my WM replacing KWin) successfully for quite some time. The only hiccup I ever noticed was one time when my laptop was on battery power, no AC plugged in, and I chose to reboot or logout, the whole system would freeze causing me to force shutdown by holidng the power button. This seemed to only happen when the laptop was not charging, and was a very similar symptom to the problems I was originally having when allowing the regular iso to auto-install my display drivers.
When this problem occurred, I checked which display drivers where installed, and somehow the
nouveau driver was also installed. (I think
mhwd must have auto-installed it). I simply blcklisted it in
etc/modprobe.d and this has solved the issue ever since.
So, I have had a perfectly stable Manjaro installation ever since. However, I do work in Deep Learning, where a dedicated GPU drastically improves the processing power and speed in the models I create. I need to my GPU to be working when running these models (let alone the waste of paying for a laptop with a dedicated graphics card, and then having it permanently disabled).
I am coming back after thoroughly enjoying my Manjaro installation for months, in the hope that a solution to this Nvidia problem has been found. Is there anyway I can either toggle my Nvidia card on/off when needed, or is there now a way to simply run it permanently using the correct driver without my installation being botched again?
I’ll look forward to hearing any suggestions, and please let me know what further information/commands I could run in order to best come to a solution.
I have been running kernel 4.11 since installation, and have just updated to 4.13