Sunday, October 6, 2019

NVidia Graphics Card AFTER OS Install

Here we go again...

I went through all my computers and realised some of them are close to being retired. This being due to *some* components reaching dinosaur-like ages in computer-to-human years, which leaves other components to be scuttled and used in other machines to enhance their performance.

My HTPC, the computer attached to the TV, got upgrade with 8 whole gigabytes of RAM.

The beloved Dell Optiplex 755 SFF is just getting too old for service. At 11 years old, it equates to 110 "human years". Most humans have retired from this world at that age... Granted, it may find service as the *new* feed computer for the online scanner, but that is a project for later.

For now, I removed the PNY Geforce GT 710 graphics card. At 2GB, and having DVI and HDMI ports, it's a dandly little card with low power requirements.

So, now I find myself with parts to build up the loathed and infamous Dell Optiplex 7010 DT.

(read more about it HERE, HERE, and HERE)

It received the PNY graphics card, and 10GB of RAM. The RAM was an accidental combination - it was supposed to be 8, but my tired eyes misread the small print. And, I know full well that RAM needs to be congruant, or you will have issues. The speed/frequency all matches, it's just the capacity that differs. I might remove the 2GB stick later, but, hey, the silly thing is running...

I thought about installing a SSD from another machine, but decided against it. The current hard drive was already partioned. It has Windows 10, Xubuntu 18.04, and Peppermint 10, and extra partitions for whatever. So it stayed.

I thought it would be easy enough to get all the drivers sorted.

Windows, right-click, Device Manager, Display Adapters, Update Driver...

Then Peppermint, additional drivers, nvidia-driver-430, Apply Changes...


But the progress bar would go half way, then the whole process stopped.


I restarted, tried again, and got the same results.

Next, I booted into Xubuntu, same process, same results.

I didn't record how many cold boots and restarts I performed between attempts, but the results were the same.

I installed Xubuntu fresh, updated, and then went to Additional Drivers. The process worked this time.

Today I booted into Peppermint and went through the process just to get screenshots, and guess what...


It worked.


Pressing the Restart button in Additional Drivers failed to restart the computer to finish the driver install, but the regular Restart button for the OS did the trick.

WTF?

There is a meme floating around that says something to the effect off
"we see you have hit the [whatever] key 517, 402 times; your selection has now been accepted"

I guess that's what happened here. It's not the second cold boot, it's not the second restart, it's not the combination of the two, it's the fact that I went to the internet to post a snarky article... THAT'S WHEN IT WORKS, just to make me look/feel stupid...

Too funny...

My advice has ALWAYS been to configure your computer the way you want it with all the hardware you desire in it's proper place, THEN install your Linux distro while connected to the internet via ethernet cable (not Wifi).

I stand by this.

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