Hey guys, I’m wondering if I should switch from my Nvidia drivers to the opensource drivers because my desktop keeps having major visual issues (Youtube videos screen tearing, desktop doesn’t load properly like in the picture shown below and sometimes the blur effects disabling themselves)
Looks like some fine-tuning in xorg configuration is needed. Hope someone with a desktop will pop in here, because my experience with laptops GPUs is kinda irrelevant. One thing though: it’s unlikely that you get a better flow with opensource Nouveau driver.
I think you have the most recent Nvidia driver. My Nvidia card utilizes the same GeForce based driver 460.56 and the output of my mhwd -li and inxi -Gz for PCI video cards are the same as yours. I don’t know about your network card - I didn’t check. I have a PCI card for wifi. Can you reproduce the video tearing issue? When does it occur most? Is youtube your only video issue? Does it happen with VLC and a local file or just streaming from browser? If the desktop doesn’t load properly, have you tried a different background photo or solid color? Perhaps a smaller picture file. I am puzzled.
if you could type from the command prompt
sudo lspci -v
then enter your password, this will tell you about all PCI devices with more info. This will tell you linux kernel version in use for the video card. This should state kernel driver in use is nvidia in the paragraph about your video card. If it isn’t, you should reinstall your video drivers and create a dkms for your kernel.
I have similar setup and no issues like you describe (KDE with Ryzen CPU and Nvidia drivers on a GTX1060).
For the tearing with Nvidia drivers, just enable Full Composition Pipeline in advanced Nvidia Settings, with the proper refresh rate for your monitor too it is important.
Make sure these settings are saved in your nvidia.conf file (to do that easily, open Nvidia Settings with sudo, then click save config button and browse to /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf).
For your KDE issue, maybe you enabled something broken like a widget. You’ll need to try thing to find out what creates the issue when you boot on your desktop. Try a new user account to see if the issue persists with a new user account. If it doesn’t then the issue probably lies in your user configuration for Plasma somewhere.
I’m actually reinstalling the OS… should I select the open source drivers or the nvidia ones?
Noooow I have another issue. For some reason the kde ISO wont install properly at all. It does seem to actually install anything (but it does format the drives), so it just leaves my system without an OS. I checked the ISO’s hash to make sure it wasn’t corrupt. What do I do now?
I finally got the OS straight, I redownloaded the iso and switched out hard drives and got the computer back up. Now in reguards of the GPU… I’m not sure why the visual glitches happen, and oddly since I’ve reinstalled the OS Im not getting that visual glitching like I was before (though I haven’t installed Chrome back on the computer)
I don’t use KDE. The post seems correct - change your compositor settings. NVIDIA server settings Sync to VBlank & use conformant texture clamping. I change powerMizer settings to Prefer Maximum Performance.
these are defaults settings, unless you meant to disable them?
No known benefit, it will just never clock down when not rendering 3D or doing light applications. Automatic is the same regarding performance. It will just use more power, generate more heat and more noise, globally.
I was looking at the specs of my monitor (ViewSonic VG2249)… oddly it’s suppose to have support for 75Hz at 1920x1080 via DisplayPort 1.2 (which is what I’m using). Is there a way to force Nvidia settings to make it use 75Hz?