Notebook: Nvidia 470.xx driver not listed in Settings Manager, despite compatible graphics chip (Geforce 910M/Kepler)

Hi guys :slight_smile:

Among my computers is also an older notebook, which is a hybrid system equipped with a Geforce 910M graphics chip from Nvidia, in addition to a simple Intel HD graphics chip. When I run Linux Mint or another Ubuntu derivative on this device as a test, the installation of the proprietary Nvidia driver 470.xx with Prime is suggested accordingly, which also works without a hitch. Under Manjaro, however, only the 390 driver is suggested in the Settings Manager, at most with the already extremely outdated Bumblebee as an option, something else is not available and here it probably makes more sense to stay with nouveau. Why is that, although the Geforce 910M GPU belongs to the Kepler microarchitecture, which is still supported by the 470 series driver, especially since this driver is still in the official Manjaro repositories. It would be nice if this could be changed.

The specs:

inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --width
System:
  Kernel: 6.1.9-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.1
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-6.1-x86_64
    root=UUID=996d8916-5622-4ead-a8d7-ae628fb42df7 rw rootflags=subvol=@ quiet
    cryptdevice=UUID=4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31:luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31
    root=/dev/mapper/luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 splash
    apparmor=1 security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3
  Desktop: Xfce v: 4.18.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.36 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm
    v: 4.18.0 vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire ES1-731G v: V1.22
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Acer model: Tashigi_BA v: V1.22 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: Insyde v: 1.22 date: 07/07/2016
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 3.1 Wh (100.0%) condition: 3.1/25.1 Wh (12.5%) volts: 7.5
    min: 11.4 model: LGC AC14B18J type: Li-ion serial: <filter> status: charging
Memory:
  RAM: total: 7.66 GiB used: 2.69 GiB (35.1%)
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Pentium N3710 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Airmont level: v2
    built: 2015-17 process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x4C (76) stepping: 4
    microcode: 0x411
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 224 KiB
    desc: d-4x24 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 2 MiB desc: 2x1024 KiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 569 high: 838 min/max: 480/2560 scaling:
    driver: intel_cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 838 2: 480 3: 480 4: 480
    bogomips: 12805
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon bts
    clflush cmov constant_tsc cpuid cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb
    ept erms est flexpriority fpu fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca mce
    md_clear mmx monitor movbe msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe
    pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pni popcnt pse pse36 pti rdrand rdtscp rep_good
    sep smep ss sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow
    tsc tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer tsc_known_freq tsc_reliable vme vmx vnmi
    vpid xtopology xtpr
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data status: Unknown: No mitigations
  Type: retbleed status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Not affected
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
    sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
    STIBP: disabled, RSB filling, PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx
    Integrated Graphics vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: i915 v: kernel
    arch: Gen-8 process: Intel 14nm built: 2014-15 ports: active: eDP-1
    empty: DP-1, DP-2, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:22b1
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK208BM [GeForce 910M] vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
    driver: nouveau v: kernel non-free: series: 470.xx+
    status: legacy-active (EOL~2023/24) arch: Kepler code: GKxxx
    process: TSMC 28nm built: 2012-18 pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 2
    link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 8 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:129a
    class-ID: 0302 temp: 39.0 C
  Device-3: Realtek Acer 640 Ɨ 480 laptop camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo
    bus-ID: 1-3:4 chip-ID: 0bda:57b3 class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.6 compositor: xfwm v: 4.18.0 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa dri: crocus,nouveau gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1600x900 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 423x238mm (16.65x9.37")
    s-diag: 485mm (19.11")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: AU Optronics 0x119e built: 2011 res: 1600x900
    hz: 60 dpi: 106 gamma: 1.2 size: 382x214mm (15.04x8.43") diag: 438mm (17.2")
    ratio: 16:9 modes: 1600x900
  API: OpenGL Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Series
    High Definition Audio vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:2284 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK208 HDMI/DP Audio vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 2
    link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 8 bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0e0f
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound API: ALSA v: k6.1.9-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.65 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Lite-On driver: ath9k v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1
    bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:0036 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 1000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
    class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-3: TP-Link Archer T4U ver.3 type: USB driver: rtl88x2bu
    bus-ID: 1-1:2 chip-ID: 2357:0115 class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter>
  IF: wlp0s20u1 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
    broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  WAN IP: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Lite-On Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
    bus-ID: 1-2:8 chip-ID: 04ca:3014 class-ID: e001
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 4 state: up address: see --recommends
Logical:
  Message: No logical block device data found.
  Device-1: luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 maj-min: 254:0
    type: LUKS dm: dm-0 size: 931.21 GiB
  Components:
  p-1: sda2 maj-min: 8:2 size: 931.22 GiB
RAID:
  Message: No RAID data found.
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 65.29 GiB (7.0%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Crucial model: CT1000MX500SSD1
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 043 scheme: GPT
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: Slimtype model: DVD A DA8A6SH rev: GA11
    dev-links: cdrom
  Features: speed: 24 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes
    rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 931.21 GiB size: 931.21 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 65.28 GiB (7.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
    mapped: luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 label: N/A
    uuid: 996d8916-5622-4ead-a8d7-ae628fb42df7
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 752 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 label: N/A
    uuid: 7288-D855
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 931.21 GiB size: 931.21 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 65.28 GiB (7.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
    mapped: luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 label: N/A
    uuid: 996d8916-5622-4ead-a8d7-ae628fb42df7
  ID-4: /swap raw-size: 931.21 GiB size: 931.21 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 65.28 GiB (7.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
    mapped: luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 label: N/A
    uuid: 996d8916-5622-4ead-a8d7-ae628fb42df7
  ID-5: /var/cache raw-size: 931.21 GiB size: 931.21 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 65.28 GiB (7.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
    mapped: luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 label: N/A
    uuid: 996d8916-5622-4ead-a8d7-ae628fb42df7
  ID-6: /var/log raw-size: 931.21 GiB size: 931.21 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 65.28 GiB (7.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
    mapped: luks-4c193ae8-0243-4b9d-8321-d9cf87cb4e31 label: N/A
    uuid: 996d8916-5622-4ead-a8d7-ae628fb42df7
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 512 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2
    file: /swap/swapfile
Unmounted:
  Message: No unmounted partitions found.
USB:
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 7 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 1-1:2 info: TP-Link Archer T4U ver.3 type: Network
    driver: rtl88x2bu interfaces: 1 rev: 2.1 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA
    chip-ID: 2357:0115 class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter>
  Device-2: 1-2:8 info: Lite-On Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth type: Bluetooth
    driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s power: 100mA
    chip-ID: 04ca:3014 class-ID: e001
  Device-3: 1-3:4 info: Realtek Acer 640 Ɨ 480 laptop camera type: Video
    driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA
    chip-ID: 0bda:57b3 class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Hub-2: 1-5:5 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
    power: 100mA chip-ID: 05e3:0608 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 1-5.3:6 info: Logitech Unifying Receiver type: Keyboard,Mouse
    driver: logitech-djreceiver,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
    power: 98mA chip-ID: 046d:c534 class-ID: 0301
  Device-2: 1-5.4:7 info: Realtek RTS5129 Card Reader Controller
    type: <vendor specific> driver: rtsx_usb,rtsx_usb_ms,rtsx_usb_sdmmc
    interfaces: 1 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA chip-ID: 0bda:0129
    class-ID: ff00 serial: <filter>
  Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Super-speed hub ports: 6 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
    chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 39.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 229 Uptime: 4h 15m wakeups: 1 Init: systemd v: 252
  default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.2.1 clang: 15.0.7
  Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1125 libs: 344 tools: pamac pm: flatpak pkgs: 0
  Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.24

Iā€™m not sure why itā€™s not detecting your GPU is compatible. You can manually install it:

sudo mhwd -i pci video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-470xx-prime

See Configure Graphics Cards - Manjaro for more info