[SOLVED]7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

[SOLVED]7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby Myles » May 18th, '20, 13:45

I am opening a new topic as suggested by isadora as I mistakenly posted into an already solved issue.

I was wondering if anyone can help me with a problem with the nVidia drivers.
Last week I stuffed up my #7.1 desktop (I upgraded from #6.1 to #7.1 last year - didn't install) system. Not being very linux literate I did try and figure things out for my self for 3 or 4 days but couldn't. So yesterday I re-installed 7.1. - and again today (I screwed up Grub yesterday after finally getting a working system!). (Aslo a side issue - both times I re-installed I got the same msg right at the end of the install:

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    ERROR: ´script' failed for x11-server-common-1.20.8-1.mga7.x86_64


- what does this mean???) Could this error have something to do with the nVidia problem below?

Anyway, my problem is with the video driver - my display is jumping around like it's being shocked - especially when I scroll a page or when my screen saver comes on. I tried to specify to use the noveau driver but it seems to always load the nVidia driver I think.

Here is the output from some cmds doktor asked banjo to do (in the SOLVED issue I posted into):

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    [root@Bilbo myles]# lspcidrake -v|grep -i vga
    Card:NVIDIA GeForce 635 series and later: NVIDIA Corporation|GK208B [GeForce GT 710] [DISPLAY_VGA] (vendor:10de device:128b subv:1458 subd:36f9) (rev: a1)
    [root@Bilbo myles]# rpm -qa|grep -iE "kernel|nvidia"|sort
    dkms-nvidia-current-430.64-8.mga7.nonfree
    kernel-desktop-5.6.8-1.mga7-1-1.mga7
    kernel-desktop-devel-5.6.8-1.mga7-1-1.mga7
    kernel-desktop-devel-latest-5.6.8-1.mga7
    kernel-desktop-latest-5.6.8-1.mga7
    kernel-firmware-20190603-1.mga7
    kernel-firmware-nonfree-20200316-1.mga7.nonfree
    kernel-userspace-headers-5.6.8-1.mga7
    nvidia-current-doc-html-430.64-8.mga7.nonfree
    nvidia-current-utils-430.64-8.mga7.nonfree
    x11-driver-video-nvidia-current-430.64-8.mga7.nonfree


I also have "nokmsboot" in the boot options (that was already there on install - because I chose to use the proprietary driver?).

As usual any assistance greatly appreciated.
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby doktor5000 » May 18th, '20, 17:28

That message at the end of the install - what medium did you use to install, what packages did you select, and did you install updates during the installation ?

How/why did you screw grub after the 7.1 re-installation?

Myles wrote:Anyway, my problem is with the video driver - my display is jumping around like it's being shocked - especially when I scroll a page or when my screen saver comes on.

What does that mean "is jumping around like it's being shocked" - can you provide some more details? Apart from that, is the display working normally?
Also, how is your monitor attached, what monitor do you use, and what resolution does it display currently? Please also add the output of
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xrandr -q
ls -al /etc/X11/xorg.conf*
cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
ls -al /etc/ld.so.conf.d/GL* /etc/alternatives/gl_conf


Also, how/where did you specify to use the nouveau driver in particular?
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby Myles » May 19th, '20, 04:29

doktor,
Install from DVD. As I said I had #6.whatever installed and just upgraded to #7.1 so I've never had to install #7.1 from my DVD before.

As for grub stuff-up, not knowing what the heck I was doing. I remembered (or read in another nVidia problem somewhere) about having to have nokmsboot defined, so I defined it in boot in MCC (not noticing it was already there!). Anyway, on boot (I can't remember why) I edited the entry for Mageia and found 2 nokmsboot options defined. I deleted 1 and pressed enter - hey presto, system wouldn't boot, except into grub. I found somewhere some cmds to try to recover but grub couldn't even find my linux boot file system for some reason. So being not very good at linux, I chose to cut my losses and re-install, just to have a system.

The display "jumping around" (not a very good description, sorry). When I scroll a page, or even type things on some screens, the current screen blinks and a display of an open task is partly displayed - mostly at the top and side of the screen. On the screensaver and screen lock screens - the display flickers constantly (once a second) - on screen saver - displaying some sort smaller rectangle outside of which displays a larger rectangle showing part of the open task behind it. (I can upload photos if you'd like to see the effect. And yes, apart from that, the display works normally.

Now the cmds:

Was this:
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xrandr -q
supposed to be entered just as it is? Because I tried variants of it and got the same msg "command not found". Am I missing something?

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[root@Bilbo myles]# ls -al /etc/X11/xorg.conf*
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 2711 May 18 15:08 /etc/X11/xorg.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2621 May 18 13:01 /etc/X11/xorg.conf.mga1589770877
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 2799 May 18 13:22 /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d:
total 12
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 May 18 22:49 ./
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 May 18 15:08 ../
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  348 May 18 22:49 00-keyboard.conf


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[root@Bilbo myles]# cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# File generated by XFdrake (rev 262502)

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the xorg.conf man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "DontZap" "False" # disable <Ctrl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
    AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
    #DontZoom # disable <Ctrl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "monitor1"
    VendorName "Plug'n Play"
    ModelName "BenQ M2200HD"
    HorizSync 30-94
    VertRefresh 50-76
   
    # Monitor preferred modeline (60.0 Hz vsync, 67.2 kHz hsync, ratio 16/9, 103 dpi)
    ModeLine "1920x1080" 173 1920 2048 2248 2576 1080 1083 1088 1120 +hsync +vsync
   
    # Apple iMac modes
    ModeLine "1024x768"   78.525 1024 1049 1145 1312   768  769  772  800 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine "800x600"    62.357  800  821  901 1040   600  601  604  632 +hsync +vsync
    ModeLine "640x480"    49.886  640  661  725  832   480  481  484  514 +hsync +vsync
   
    # Apple monitors tend to do 832x624
    ModeLine "832x624"    57      832  876  940 1152   624  625  628  667 -hsync -vsync
   
    # Apple PowerBook G3
    ModeLine "800x600"    100     800  816  824  840   600  616  624  640 -hsync -vsync
   
    # Apple TI Powerbook
    ModeLine "1152x768"   78.741 1152 1173 1269 1440   768  769  772  800 +vsync +vsync
   
    # Pismo Firewire G3
    ModeLine "1024x768"   65     1024 1032 1176 1344   768  771  777  806 -hsync -vsync
   
    # iBook2
    ModeLine "1024x768"   65     1024 1048 1184 1344   768  771  777  806 -hsync -vsync
   
    # 17" Apple Studio Display
    ModeLine "1024x768"   112.62 1024 1076 1248 1420 768 768 780 808 +hsync +vsync
   
    # HiRes Apple Studio Display
    ModeLine "1280x1024"  135    1280 1288 1392 1664  1024 1027 1030 1064
   
    # Another variation
    ModeLine "1280x1024"  134.989 1280 1317 1429 1688  1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync
   
    # TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
    # 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
    ModeLine "768x576"     50.00  768  832  846 1000   576  590  595  630
   
    # 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
    ModeLine "768x576"     63.07  768  800  960 1024   576  578  590  616
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier "device1"
    Driver "nouveau"
    Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "screen1"
    Device "device1"
    Monitor "monitor1"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "layout1"
    Screen "screen1"
EndSection


So going on this output display, I am running on nouveau. I also noticed whilst I was in MCC, and in the output above, my BenQ monitor is identified as "BenQ M2200HD" (which it isn't). I don't know why that is, I was sure that my monitor previously, (before my system stuffed up the first time) was just Plug'n'Play. Don't know if that matters.

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[root@Bilbo myles]# ls -al /etc/ld.so.conf.d/GL* /etc/alternatives/gl_conf
ls: cannot access '/etc/alternatives/gl_conf': No such file or directory
/etc/ld.so.conf.d/GL:
total 12
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 18 22:34 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Mar  6 18:13 ../
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  114 Apr 29 18:25 standard.conf


As for nouveau, I tried to specify it under xorg in MCC. I forgot to mention a few times when I re-booted, I thought the system was hanging only to be presented with the dialog box, "you have to reboot for the change of display driver" (or something like that) I can't remember whether I had been trying to use the nVidia drives at the time or not, everything is a blur lately - too many things have happened.

So what about this file: x11-server-common-1.20.8-1.mga7.x86_64? I just tried to re-install my VPN and it failed with the msg: cannot install due to unsatisfied libxkbcommon-x11.
Might these two problems be related?

Anyway doktor I hope that helps.
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby doktor5000 » May 19th, '20, 18:26

Myles wrote:Was this:
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xrandr -q
supposed to be entered just as it is? Because I tried variants of it and got the same msg "command not found". Am I missing something?

Yes, although you might need to install the package xrandr for that - but that should be installed by default.

Myles wrote:So going on this output display, I am running on nouveau. I also noticed whilst I was in MCC, and in the output above, my BenQ monitor is identified as "BenQ M2200HD" (which it isn't). I don't know why that is, I was sure that my monitor previously, (before my system stuffed up the first time) was just Plug'n'Play. Don't know if that matters.

Yes, it should only be Plug&Play. Selecting a monitor will usually hardcode the modelines in xorg.conf and they can interfere with the display, if they don't exactly match your monitor.
And that can be adapted via xrandr on the fly, hence why it's usually a bad idea to put that directly in xorg.conf.
I'd say run drakx11 again, and as Monitor select Plug&Play.

Myles wrote:So what about this file: x11-server-common-1.20.8-1.mga7.x86_64? I just tried to re-install my VPN and it failed with the msg: cannot install due to unsatisfied libxkbcommon-x11.
Might these two problems be related?

Please, one problem at a time. And libxkbcommon-x11 is not provided by any Mageia package, so that is normal - you will probably need to install that via urpmi --allow-nodeps

Please reinstall x11-server-common so that the libgl link is not missing anymore. As root:
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urpmi --replacepkgs --replacefiles x11-server-common

and post the output here, in case there are errors again.
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby Myles » May 20th, '20, 04:25

doktor,
Thankyou once again for your assistance.

As for the "xrandr - q" goes, I installed it and executed it:

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[root@Bilbo myles]# xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 16384 x 16384
DVI-D-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VGA-1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 476mm x 268mm
   1920x1080     59.96*+
   1680x1050     59.95 
   1280x1024     75.02    60.02 
   1440x900      74.98    59.89 
   1280x960      60.00 
   1280x800      59.81 
   1152x864      75.00 
   1024x768      75.03    60.00 
   832x624       74.55 
   800x600       75.00    60.32 
   640x480       75.00    59.94 
   720x400       70.08 


Results of x11-server-common install:

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[root@Bilbo myles]# urpmi --replacepkgs --replacefiles x11-server-common
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
        LANGUAGE = "en_AU:en_GB:en",
        LC_ALL = (unset),
        LC_MEASUREMENT = "wbp_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_MONETARY = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_SOURCED = "1",
        LC_TIME = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LANG = "en_AU.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to a fallback locale ("en_AU.UTF-8").
found package(s) x11-server-common-1.20.4-7.mga7.i586, x11-server-common-1.20.5-1.mga7.i586, x11-server-common-1.20.7-1.mga7.i586, x11-server-common-1.20.8-1.mga7.i586 in urpmi db, but none are installed
[root@Bilbo myles]#


Sorry for overloading you with other problems when I mentioned installing the VPN, I only mentioned it as I thought it may be related the script failure problem. Anyway, would this be the command to use:
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urpmi --allow-nodeps libxkbcommon-x11
(I don't know what I'm doing at the CLI for urpmi so need to ask.

As for changing the monitor to Plug'n'Play in drakx11, It seems I can't. It seems as though the BenQ monitor is hard coded or something! Although I am positive I selected Plug'n'Play (I always do!) when I did both re-installs:

Plug'n'Play showing BenQ Monitor definition already.png
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Anyway, hope this information all helps.
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby doktor5000 » May 20th, '20, 17:41

Myles wrote:found package(s) x11-server-common-1.20.4-7.mga7.i586, x11-server-common-1.20.5-1.mga7.i586, x11-server-common-1.20.7-1.mga7.i586, x11-server-common-1.20.8-1.mga7.i586 in urpmi db, but none are installed

That last part is pretty clear, and self-explanatory, no? re-installation of a package only works if that package is already installed, if not, then you only need a normal installation
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urpmi x11-server-common



Myles wrote:Anyway, would this be the command to use:
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urpmi --allow-nodeps libxkbcommon-x11
(I don't know what I'm doing at the CLI for urpmi so need to ask.


No. libxkbcommon-x11 is the package / rpm requires tag that we want to ignore, when installing name_of_your_vpn_client_package_here.rpm - that is what --allow-nodeps does.

urpmi --allow-nodeps name_of_your_vpn_client_package_here.rpm
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby Myles » May 21st, '20, 04:41

doktor,
Thanks for that.

Okay a few things.

I have absolutely no idea what is going on. Today I booted up my desktop and logged in and the display is stable!!!!! (Well it is now - 12:30pm OZ time, and since I logged in). Nothing has changed, all of the settings are exactly the same as thy have been since I re-installed the system! No jittering, no scrolling issues, no screen saver issues!

The Plug'n'Play still has BenQM200HD defined and I can't change it, but as I said above, the display is stable at the moment. ?

I executed the cmd for installing x11-server-common:

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[root@Bilbo myles]# urpmi x11-server-common
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
        LANGUAGE = "en_AU:en_GB:en",
        LC_ALL = (unset),
        LC_MEASUREMENT = "wbp_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_MONETARY = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_SOURCED = "1",
        LC_TIME = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LANG = "en_AU.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to a fallback locale ("en_AU.UTF-8").
[root@Bilbo myles]#


Also, what do these msgs mean about "Setting locale failed" that come up each time I execute a cmd. How do I fix that?

Also, I tried to install my VPN by executing the cmd you showed me but it fails:
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[root@Bilbo myles]# urpmi --allow-nodeps torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm             
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
        LANGUAGE = "en_AU:en_GB:en",
        LC_ALL = (unset),
        LC_MEASUREMENT = "wbp_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_MONETARY = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_SOURCED = "1",
        LC_TIME = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LANG = "en_AU.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to a fallback locale ("en_AU.UTF-8").
unable to access rpm file [torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm]
error registering local packages
[root@Bilbo myles]#

I have the install file located in my Downloads folder in my Home drive. Is there something I should do to be able to install it using this cmd?
As I said I'm not very Linux CLI literate.

As always, sorry to be such a pain.
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby doktor5000 » May 21st, '20, 10:23

Myles wrote:Also, what do these msgs mean about "Setting locale failed" that come up each time I execute a cmd. How do I fix that?

Set a proper locale. Try with localedrake - https://doc.mageia.org/mcc/7/en/content ... ocaledrake
It's an older bug, that might still occur if you select an invalid locale combination. See https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3723 for details.

Please also show the output of
locale
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rpm -qa|grep locale


Myles wrote:Also, I tried to install my VPN by executing the cmd you showed me but it fails:

[root@Bilbo myles]# urpmi --allow-nodeps torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm

unable to access rpm file [torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm]
error registering local packages
[root@Bilbo myles]#

I have the install file located in my Downloads folder in my Home drive. Is there something I should do to be able to install it using this cmd?


Looking at the prompt, you were in the /home/myles folder. You need to change into the Downloads folder first, if you want to run it like this. Or specify the path directly, like this:

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urpmi --allow-nodeps /home/myles/Downloads/torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm
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Re: 7.1 install problem + nVidia driver problems

Postby Myles » May 21st, '20, 10:39

doktor,
Thanks for that info on the locale bug. I'll read the bug info

I ran the cmd you specified:

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[root@Bilbo myles]# rpm -qa|grep locale
locales-2.29-3.mga7
locales-en-2.29-3.mga7
lib64boost_locale1.68.0-1.68.0-4.mga7
[root@Bilbo myles]#


But I don't know what this tells me, or how to fix the error.

Also, thanks for the cmd for installing the VPN - I suspected that is what I had to do, I just didn't know you could put a path in there.

But I executed it and got the same problem:

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[root@Bilbo myles]#     urpmi --allow-nodeps /home/myles/Downloads/torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
        LANGUAGE = "en_AU:en_GB:en",
        LC_ALL = (unset),
        LC_MEASUREMENT = "wbp_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_MONETARY = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LC_SOURCED = "1",
        LC_TIME = "en_AU.UTF-8",
        LANG = "en_AU.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to a fallback locale ("en_AU.UTF-8").
WARNING: --allow-nodeps option is in use. Some strange problems may happen


SECURITY: The following package is _NOT_ signed (OK ((none))): /home/myles/Downloads/torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm
installing torguard-v3.98.12-amd64.rpm from /home/myles/Downloads
Installation failed:
        libxkbcommon-x11 is needed by torguard-3.98.12-0.x86_64
Try installation without checking dependencies? (y/N)


I answered 'y' to see what happens.

It wasn't working, it couldn't connect to the local server. Then while I was trying to type in something, my system suddennly rebooted for no reason!

Anyway, now the VPN has connected to the local server.
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