NVIDIA GT218M / NVS 3100M: notification warning Software Renderer in Use

The Warning in a notification in the screenshot appears when the laptop starts and stick there

when i click on it this window appears


  mhwd -li                                  
    > Installed PCI configs:
                      NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE
               video-linux            2018.05.04                true            PCI

    Warning: No installed USB configs!

inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width
  Kernel: 5.10.42-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10-x86_64 
  root=UUID=b4184305-fb01-453a-aef0-842a633c23d0 rw resume=/dev/sda4 quiet 
  apparmor=1 security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.21.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM 
  Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
  Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Latitude E6510 v: 0001 serial: <filter> 
  Chassis: type: 9 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Dell model: N/A serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: A17 date: 05/12/2017 
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 32.0 Wh (90.4%) condition: 35.4/93.2 Wh (38.0%) 
  volts: 12.0 min: 11.1 model: Samsung SDI DELL XP39408 type: Li-ion 
  serial: <filter> status: Discharging 
  RAM: total: 3.71 GiB used: 1.79 GiB (48.3%) 
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5 M 520 bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Nehalem family: 6 model-id: 25 (37) stepping: 5 microcode: 7 cache: 
  L2: 3 MiB bogomips: 19163 
  Speed: 1463 MHz min/max: 1199/2400 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 
  1: 1463 2: 1463 3: 1463 4: 1463 
  Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon bts clflush cmov 
  constant_tsc cpuid cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts ept est flexpriority 
  flush_l1d fpu fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx monitor msr mtrr 
  nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pni popcnt pse 
  pse36 pti rdtscp rep_good sep smx ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp 
  syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc vme vmx vnmi vpid xtopology xtpr 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
  Type: l1tf 
  mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
  Type: mds 
  status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT vulnerable 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, 
  IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
  Device-1: NVIDIA GT218M [NVS 3100M] vendor: Dell Latitude E6510 
  driver: nouveau v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:0a6c class-ID: 0300 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: 
  loaded: nouveau unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa 
  display-ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.2x8.0") 
  s-diag: 414mm (16.3") 
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 101 size: 344x194mm (13.5x7.6") 
  diag: 395mm (15.5") 
  OpenGL: renderer: N/A v: N/A direct render: N/A 
  Device-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio 
  vendor: Dell Latitude E6510 driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 
  chip-ID: 8086:3b56 class-ID: 0403 
  Device-2: NVIDIA High Definition Audio vendor: Dell Latitude E6510 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0be3 
  class-ID: 0403 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.42-1-MANJARO running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes 
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.28 running: no 
  Device-1: Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network vendor: Dell Latitude E6510 
  driver: e1000e v: kernel port: 8040 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:10ea 
  class-ID: 0200 
  IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel 
  port: 7000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:422c class-ID: 0280 
  IF: wlp3s0 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> 
  Device-1: Dell DW375 Bluetooth Module type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 
  bus-ID: 2-1.7:4 chip-ID: 413c:8187 class-ID: fe01 serial: <filter> 
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 3 state: up address: see --recommends 
  Message: No logical block device data found. 
  Hardware-1: Intel 82801 Mobile SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci 
  v: 3.0 port: 8020 bus-ID: 00:1f.2 chip-ID: 8086.282a rev: 05 class-ID: 0104 
  Local Storage: total: 456.46 GiB used: 147.28 GiB (32.3%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WDS240G2G0A-00JH30 size: 223.57 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 0400 
  scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WD2500BEKT-75A25T0 size: 232.89 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: 1A01 
  scheme: GPT 
  Message: No optical or floppy data found. 
  ID-1: / raw-size: 80 GiB size: 78.19 GiB (97.74%) used: 18.79 GiB (24.0%) 
  fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 label: N/A 
  uuid: b4184305-fb01-453a-aef0-842a633c23d0 
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 500 MiB size: 499 MiB (99.80%) 
  used: 300 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 label: NO_LABEL 
  uuid: 28E9-D977 
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 134.88 GiB size: 131.7 GiB (97.64%) 
  used: 25.73 GiB (19.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3 label: N/A 
  uuid: 5587c523-e7e3-42ac-b4b5-44847da7da36 
  ID-4: /run/media/hussien/01D7535C7BEF3590 raw-size: 123 GiB 
  size: 123 GiB (100.00%) used: 102.76 GiB (83.5%) fs: ntfs dev: /dev/sdb2 
  maj-min: 8:18 label: N/A uuid: 01D7535C7BEF3590 
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.2 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 
  dev: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4 label: N/A 
  uuid: 77f9985a-a52c-4f4f-9724-30029323384f 
  ID-1: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 80 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: 01D7535C7AE42E30 
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-2: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0020 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-4: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0020 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 2-1.2:3 info: USB OPTICAL MOUSE type: Mouse 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 1 rev: 1.1 speed: 1.5 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 0000:3825 class-ID: 0301 
  Device-2: 2-1.7:4 info: Dell DW375 Bluetooth Module type: Bluetooth 
  driver: btusb interfaces: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s power: 100mA 
  chip-ID: 413c:8187 class-ID: fe01 serial: <filter> 
  Device-3: 2-1.8:5 info: Broadcom BCM5880 Secure Applications Processor 
  type: Smart Card driver: N/A interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 0a5c:5800 class-ID: 0b00 serial: <filter> 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0 C mobo: 0 C sodimm: SODIMM C gpu: nouveau 
  temp: 52.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 
  Processes: 219 Uptime: 6m wakeups: 2 Init: systemd v: 247 tool: systemctl 
  Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 Packages: 1353 pacman: 1334 lib: 343 rpm: 0 
  flatpak: 7 snap: 12 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.8 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.04 

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1366 x 768, maximum 8192 x 8192
eDP-1 connected primary 1366x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 194mm
   1366x768      60.00*+  40.00  
   1024x768      59.95  
   800x600       59.96  
VGA-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

sudo dmesg --level emerg,alert,crit,err,warn
[sudo] password for hussien:
[    0.218842] core: CPUID marked event: 'bus cycles' unavailable
[    0.225229] MDS CPU bug present and SMT on, data leak possible. See https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/admin-guide/hw-vuln/mds.html for more details.
[    0.225325]  #3
[    0.278939] pci 0000:00:1c.2: bridge has subordinate 05 but max busn 08
[    0.574000] i8042: Warning: Keylock active
[    0.862838] Alternate GPT is invalid, using primary GPT.
[    1.030897] Alternate GPT is invalid, using primary GPT.
[    1.731690] usb 2-1.8: config 0 descriptor??
[    4.203541] wmi_bus wmi_bus-PNP0C14:00: WQBC data block query control method not found
[    4.347436] ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000428-0x000000000000042F conflicts with OpRegion 0x0000000000000400-0x000000000000047F (\PMIO) (20200925/utadd
[    4.347450] ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000540-0x000000000000054F conflicts with OpRegion 0x0000000000000500-0x0000000000000563 (\GPIO) (20200925/utadd
[    4.347457] ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000530-0x000000000000053F conflicts with OpRegion 0x0000000000000500-0x0000000000000563 (\GPIO) (20200925/utadd
[    4.347463] ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000500-0x000000000000052F conflicts with OpRegion 0x0000000000000500-0x0000000000000563 (\GPIO) (20200925/utadd
[    4.347469] lpc_ich: Resource conflict(s) found affecting gpio_ich
[    4.379640] i801_smbus 0000:00:1f.3: Accelerometer lis3lv02d is present on SMBus but its address is unknown, skipping registration
[    4.626413]  excluding 0xe3100000-0xe4d2ffff 0xe5770000-0xe59fffff
[    4.626429]  excluding 0xe9b00000-0xe9cfffff
[    4.707611] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: can't disable ASPM; OS doesn't have ASPM control
[    4.709169] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Direct firmware load for iwlwifi-6000-6.ucode failed with error -2
[    4.710239] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Direct firmware load for iwlwifi-6000-5.ucode failed with error -2
[    4.906559] dell-smbios PNP0C14:00-A80593CE-A997-11DA-B012-B622A1EF5492: WMI SMBIOS userspace interface not supported(0), try upgrading to a newer BIOS
[    5.088878] at24 0-0050: supply vcc not found, using dummy regulator
[    5.546632] ACPI Warning: \_SB.PCI0.AGP.VID._DSM: Argument #4 type mismatch - Found [Buffer], ACPI requires [Package] (20200925/nsarguments-61)
[    5.571597] kauditd_printk_skb: 34 callbacks suppressed
[    5.631084] kvm: VM_EXIT_LOAD_IA32_PERF_GLOBAL_CTRL does not work properly. Using workaround
[   12.527896] kauditd_printk_skb: 33 callbacks suppressed

The answer in the Questions i found in the forum was specific to that user case, can you help me?

:+1: Welcome to Manjaro! :+1:

  1. Please read this:
    How to provide good information
    and post some more information so we can see what’s really going on. Now we know the symptom of the disease, but we need some more probing to know where the origin lies…
  2. Thank you for the inxi as that helps already, but we still don’t know what you’re doing when you get this warning, so we don’t know where to start looking to help you, so that’s why you haven’t received any answer in 2 days…


P.S. If you enter a bit more details in your profile, we can also see which Desktop Environment you’re using, which CPU/GPU or Kernel, … you have without typing it every time

am sorry for replying late, i updated the question now

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I’m sorry to tell you that your NVIDIA GT218M / NVS 3100M is considered to be a “Legacy GPU” by nVidia so no current proprietary drivers are available so you took the right choice to install the open source Nouveau driver.

However, your card is also so old and so slow that it gets detected as a software renderer using Nouveau.

You only have 5 options here:

  • Hope that there is a developer out there that has the same card as you and that is working on optimizing the Nouveau driver to squeeze out the most of your old card
  • Get involved in Nouveau development yourself
  • Upgrade the card
  • Try the video-nvidia-390xx legacy driver instead of Nouveau (Not guaranteeing anything; make a full system backup before you start fiddling with display drivers!)
  • Live with what you have


P.S. To get rid of the warning, set the rendered to “software”. :man_shrugging:

Thank you for the help

I willl live with what I have until upgrading my laptop

One last question, if I set rendered to software it will still use the card, am. I right?

  • No, you’re wrong!:rofl: No, it will use your CPU, but if you don’t notice the difference and really hate the notification, it’s just a way to get rid of it as your card is slow anyway.
  • If you don’t mind the notification, leave everything as is.


Also, I’ve marked this answer as the solution to your question as it is by far the best answer you’ll get.

However, if you disagree with my choice, please feel free to take any other answer as the solution to your question or even remove the solution altogether: You are in control! (If you disagree with my choice, just send me a personal message and explain why I shouldn’t have done this or :heart: or :+1: if you agree)

P.S. In the future, please don’t forget to come back and click the 3 dots below the answer to mark a solution like this below the answer that helped you most:
so that the next person that has the exact same problem you just had will benefit from your post as well as your question will now be in the “solved” status.

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