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Old 01-18-2020, 05:38 PM   #1
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Unhappy Using update manager to update kernel 5.0.0-37-generic to 5.3.0.26.95 defaults to laptop display


Yesterday, I applied several updates using the update manager. The list of available updates included the captioned upgrade for the kernel. Upon rebooting I could no longer use the GUI,and was barely able to use Timeshift
from the terminal to restore my system to a functional state. One of the updates included something involving graphics, so I thought that might be the problem. So I then installed all the upgrades EXCEPT the kernel, and the system still had a proper display when I rebooted. Then I applied the kernel update, and again could not use the display effectively. It defaulted to laptop resolution, and all the buttons for changing parameters were grayed out.
At the moment I am back on 5.0+. I noticed that the current stable version is 5.5+, but the upgrade manager does not offer that.
 
Old 01-18-2020, 06:27 PM   #2
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Are you using proprietary graphics drivers on that laptop? Nvidia, for example?
 
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Old 01-19-2020, 02:49 AM   #3
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Yes -- here is the info:

Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GF108GLM [Quadro 1000M] vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: nvidia
v: 390.116 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:0dfa
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: nvidia
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa resolution: 2560x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Quadro 1000M/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 390.116 direct render: Yes

I don't remember now what version of the kernel I started with, but I think I upgraded once to get the Linux Kernel 5.0.0-37-generic. The previous upgrade did not have any display problems.
 
Old 01-19-2020, 10:27 AM   #4
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OK, you're probably using Nvidia proprietary drivers. What has probably happened to you is that the upgrade of the kernel has broken your Nvidia drivers. If you search here at LQ, you'll find that this has been happening A LOT lately on numerous distributions. It seems it's caused by Nvidia dragging their feet a bit with regards to updating their drivers to build on newer kernels. I have not found any definitive solutions to this in all these posts here. There are workarounds that may help you, though.

You may also check the Linux Mint forums. I'm sure many folks are screaming about this over there, also.

Luck with it!
 
Old 01-19-2020, 11:33 AM   #5
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Thank you vtel57. I guess I will just stay with 5.0 -- have my hands full just learning Linux enough to get a lot of things running that I have used on Windows (Postgresql, Postgis,Qgis). I appreciate your response.
 
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Yes, I recently had to hold off on a kernel upgrade also because of the Nvidia driver issue.

Luck!
 
Old 01-19-2020, 03:59 PM   #7
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I looked on the NVIDIA website and found the following:

Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver

Version: 390.132
Release Date: 2019.11.8
Operating System: Linux 64-bit
Language: English (US)
File Size: 79.06 MB

This is a slight change from the version I am currently using, which is 390.116. I am working up the courage to try this to see if it fixes the problem.
 
Old 01-31-2020, 11:09 AM   #8
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There was finally an update to the Nvidia driver a few days ago, which I installed. Today (Jan 31) I updated the kernel, and everything works normally. Thanks again, vtel57
 
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EXCELLENT!
 
  


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