Nvidia cards and the way to go with drivers on kernel 5.10

hi folks,

may I ask for an advise on nvidia drivers. On last update I had some issues and it was proposed to not use proprietary drivers.

I use this computer for gaming, so what shall be used for best performance, compatibility (wine) etc.

For gaming, you definitely want the non-free (proprietary) driver. Just click the Auto Install Proprietary Driver button there to make sure the right profile is loaded.

thanks for that.
I did it and this is the output:

Warning: config ‘/var/lib/mhwd/local/pci/video-nvidia-455xx/MHWDCONFIG’ is invalid!
Skipping already installed config ‘video-nvidia’ for device: 0000:09:00.0 (0300:10de:1b06) Display controller nVidia Corporation GP102 [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]
Done …

The proprietary drivers should already be installed based on the screenshot (“video-nvidia” - installed).

ahh okay, wasnt too sure because video-linux seems also installed.

so system takes whatever is most performant?

Hmm, apparently you’re not the only one:

Not exactly, though if video-nvidia is installed it will use that.

What’s the output of

mhwd -li

It should be:

                  NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE
          video-nvidia            2020.11.30               false            PCI

Also the following should list nvidia as the driver:

inxi -G

> [desktop@desktop-systemproductname ~]$ mhwd -li
> Warning: config ‘/var/lib/mhwd/local/pci/video-nvidia-455xx/MHWDCONFIG’ is invalid!
> Installed PCI configs:

              NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE

      video-nvidia            2020.11.30               false            PCI
       video-linux            2018.05.04                true            PCI

Warning: No installed USB configs!

and the other one:

[desktop@desktop-systemproductname ~]$ inxi -N
Network: Device-1: Intel I211 Gigabit Network driver: igb

not exactly what is expected…

I think @Yochanan meant inxi -Gazy (or similar).


[desktop@desktop-systemproductname ~]$ inxi -Gazy
Device-1: NVIDIA GP102 [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia
v: 455.45.01 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 09:00.0
chip ID: 10de:1b06
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 driver: nvidia display ID: :0.0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x2160 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1016x572mm (40.0x22.5")
s-diag: 1166mm (45.9")
Monitor-1: DP-0 res: 3840x2160 hz: 60 dpi: 164 size: 596x335mm (23.5x13.2")
diag: 684mm (26.9")
OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 455.45.01
direct render: Yes

Oops. Indeed I did. Post edited for posterity. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

As you surmised, nvidia is taking priority so it really shouldn’t make any difference.

However, if you want to avoid MHWD errors, you can remove the free driver:

sudo mhwd -r pci video-linux
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I was just wondering… I had the exact same problem. Is this the way forward for the mhwd? Meaning, Is it only me seeing a “video-nvidia” now instead of a list of specific drivers…aside from the older 390? Or is something still technically broken with my installs?

0000:01:00.0 (0300:10de:13c0) Display controller nVidia Corporation:

              NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE

      video-nvidia            2020.11.30               false            PCI
video-nvidia-390xx            2020.11.30               false            PCI
       video-linux            2018.05.04                true            PCI
 video-modesetting            2020.01.13                true            PCI
        video-vesa            2017.03.12                true            PCI

Hi @abz7,

No, I don’t think anything’s broken. Yes, this is how things are going to stay.
The process has been changed significantly.

Also see here from earlier: Problems with new Manjaro update and nvidia

Ok Thanks so much!.. Since it’s arch… I can sometimes get OCD… want things to be up to date and look/work correct :slight_smile:

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