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timppu: Anyways...
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Themken: :-) All good then :-)
Well, yes and no.

I take it back that the open source drivers are just as good as NVidia's. The latter do give considerably better performance for games (I tested again Team Fortress 2, and Two Worlds running in Wine). Other than the performance (gaming), the open source drivers work nicely though, even having fixed the brightness issue I had.

If I switch to NVidia's drivers in the Driver Manager, the same problem happens and I start getting package errors etc., even though I've run e.g.
sudo apt purge nvidia*
sudo apt autoclean
sudo apt autoremove
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install -f (this never seems to work...)
probably something else too...

Something is rotten in the state of NVidia...
I had horrible problems with Nvidia before, to the point that it was almost impossible to clean out all the junk the blob left in the system and it just refused to start X for me.

You might try manual Nvidia driver uninstaller, but results are not guaranteed. All of this is the result of Nvidia totally disregarding proper upstream driver development.

I really appreciated switching to AMD, and leaving all these blobs horrors behind.
Post edited January 21, 2020 by shmerl
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timppu: I take it back that the open source drivers are just as good as NVidia's.
The proprietary nVidia drivers is a must if you have recent GPU (post-Kepler, AFAIR) and want to play something more demanding than "The Battle for Wesnoth". :) This is so (partially) because on the newer cards nouveau can not reclock GPU. Needless to say, all fresh Vulkan and OpenGL versions are available only on proprietary drivers.

Using 390 drivers with fresh cards ("GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER"???) is pointless as old drivers do not recognize "device ID" of your card and just assume the worst (hence 1024x768 as from their perspective this resolution should be supported on anything) as the alternative is no graphics at all.

Use the most fresh 440.44 version. If it is not available from the get-go, add additional unofficial repositories, download rpm or deb files manually from some site like "pkgs.org", do any other magic necessary… Install the drivers manually from the nVidia site directly, if you must (don't listen to any "Gurus" out there telling you it is not right -- your PC, your rules)! But make the card work. Otherwise, it will be wasteful usage of (the most expensive) part of the system; you'd better get some Intel or AMD APU and use integrated solution. At least, the electricity bills would be smaller. :)
This might be a great option for Windows 7 users that want to try out Linux?

"How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7":

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/01/make-linux-mint-look-like-windows-7

With Windows 7 support at an end, and lots of users debating a switch to Linux Mint, it feels like a good time to share this!
:)
Post edited January 24, 2020 by ThorChild
I loaded the game and can only see the left side of the battle field. the previous screen shows up in the right side . sure hope someone can help me out. thanks
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crapnol:
Which game? Which version of Linux/GNU? Monitor refresh rate and resolution? Anything else we should know?
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shmerl: I had horrible problems with Nvidia before, to the point that it was almost impossible to clean out all the junk the blob left in the system and it just refused to start X for me.

You might try manual Nvidia driver uninstaller, but results are not guaranteed. All of this is the result of Nvidia totally disregarding proper upstream driver development.

I really appreciated switching to AMD, and leaving all these blobs horrors behind.
I'll just say hat in my PC build topic there's a reason I explicitly said I *don't* want an nvidia GPU. (Also whay my current systems use Intel integrated grapbics; it works really well under Linux.)
What's going on with Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York? The game has a Linux version on GOG, but it's not listed on the game page and lgogdownloader doesn't find it either. You can download it from the "game shelf" however through the browser.
VtM - Coteries of New York is now listed!
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shmerl: VtM - Coteries of New York is now listed!
I think Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus has the same issue. Going to send a ticket, also the DLC is missing for Linux.
Post edited January 29, 2020 by Ganni1987
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Ganni1987: I think Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus has the same issue. Going to send a ticket, also the DLC is missing for Linux.
Is it another sign of deteriorating Linux support here?
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shmerl: I had horrible problems with Nvidia before, to the point that it was almost impossible to clean out all the junk the blob left in the system and it just refused to start X for me.

You might try manual Nvidia driver uninstaller, but results are not guaranteed. All of this is the result of Nvidia totally disregarding proper upstream driver development.

I really appreciated switching to AMD, and leaving all these blobs horrors behind.
Most of them, at any rate. AMD still requires firmware blobs.
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Ganni1987: I think Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus has the same issue. Going to send a ticket, also the DLC is missing for Linux.
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shmerl: Is it another sign of deteriorating Linux support here?
You would think GOG of all places would be more about future-proofing their service as much as possible. We're a very small slice of the pie atm, but what other life boat do they have? Hell, they should be cooperating with Valve with Proton/DXVK.
Post edited January 31, 2020 by king_mosiah
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king_mosiah: You would think GOG of all places would be more about future-proofing their service as much as possible. We're a very small slice of the pie atm, but what other life boat do they have? Hell, they should be cooperating with Valve with Proton/DXVK.
I don't think current GOG's management really gets anything Linux in the wider picture sense. Since @linuxvangog left, I'm not sure there is anyone in GOG who gets it (except may be @JudasIscariot who acts like a ghost now). And Valve are for sure light years ahead in that. On the other hand, may be GOG's financial situation is so dire, that they can't afford investing in anything? Look at the forum here for example. It's barely usable, and it's been like this for years.
Post edited January 31, 2020 by shmerl
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king_mosiah: You would think GOG of all places would be more about future-proofing their service as much as possible. We're a very small slice of the pie atm, but what other life boat do they have? Hell, they should be cooperating with Valve with Proton/DXVK.
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shmerl: I don't think current GOG's management really gets anything Linux in the wider picture sense. Since @linuxvangog left, I'm not sure there is anyone in GOG who gets it (except may be @JudasIscariot who acts like a ghost now). And Valve are for sure light years ahead in that. On the other hand, may be GOG's financial situation is so dire, that they can't afford investing in anything? Look at the forum here for example. It's barely usable, and it's been like this for years.
I think the problem is GOG doesn't have a long-term plan. They're focusing on Galaxy right now. And while that is great and all, what's that going to matter when Microsoft decides to start pushing Xbox on GaaS?
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king_mosiah: I think the problem is GOG doesn't have a long-term plan. They're focusing on Galaxy right now. And while that is great and all, what's that going to matter when Microsoft decides to start pushing Xbox on GaaS?
I suppose Galaxy is their long term plan? Things like Linux support is simply not something they see as part of their plans.