Doubt about the installation of Drivers

Hi! I'm planning on making the jump from the Kubuntu 20.04 to the Garuda Linux because I pondered enough an I came to the conclusion I want the lastest updates to some of the KDE's DE improvements and the good enhancements you guys do in your OS regarding Gaming. That's said, I'll start providing my Laptop's hardware for you guy to help me with my question before I go full Garuda.
Result of inxi -Fxz:

System:    Kernel: 5.4.0-65-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.18.5 
           Distro: Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (Focal Fossa) 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming v: N/A serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: Dell model: 0P84C9 v: A01 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.12.1 date: 06/19/2020 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 41.9 Wh condition: 41.9/74.0 Wh (57%) model: SMP DELL 71JF452 status: Full 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-7700HQ bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake rev: 9 L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 44798 
           Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/3800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 630 vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] vendor: Dell driver: nvidia v: 450.102.04 bus ID: 01:00.0 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: modesetting,nvidia unloaded: fbdev,nouveau,vesa tty: N/A 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 630 (KBL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.2.6 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel CM238 HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP107GL High Definition Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-65-generic 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Dell driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 
           bus ID: 02:00.0 
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Dell driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel 
           port: d000 bus ID: 03:00.0 
           IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
           Device-3: Qualcomm Atheros type: USB driver: btusb bus ID: 1-4:3 
           IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: down mac: <filter> 
           IF-ID-2: virbr0-nic state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 748.17 GiB (40.2%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: NGFF 2280 1TB SSD size: 931.51 GiB 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABD100 size: 931.51 GiB 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 91.17 GiB used: 34.45 GiB (37.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
           ID-2: /home size: 823.75 GiB used: 204.26 GiB (24.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 59.0 C mobo: 49.0 C sodimm: 51.0 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 2266 
Info:      Processes: 320 Uptime: 4d 4h 19m Memory: 23.36 GiB used: 7.99 GiB (34.2%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: 
           gcc: 9.3.0 Shell: zsh v: 5.8 inxi: 3.0.38  

The Laptop Model is a Dell Inspiron gaming 7000

  • Does the installer detect the correct drivers just like kubuntu Did ?
    Because Right now the Ubuntu way of making the Nvidia Card work as a Hybrid and only use it when needed is made by the Nvidia X Server Settings under the PRIME profiles on the left side of the window. Does garuda operate in a similar manner?

  • Does it work using a External Monitor to Extend the Desktop ?

  • And a Last Question, Is the optimized kernel updated ? Which Should I pick ?

These are my conserns about installing the OS because the other doubts have been anwsered by your website. I hope I have provided enough info so you guys can help me.

Dis my post get shadow banned or something? I think nobody saw it
Funny How I can't even respond to the answers people gave me. After 2 tries of installing the OS, I finally completed the installation. The Nvidia X server Setting does not have the PRIME settings but it works fine for me since I don't use my laptop out of the cable. Yeah I did use this 16 hours to look more info but I didn't want to invest time into something that I wasn't sure about to begin with. Continuing to answer myself, The external monitor works better then the Kubuntu one. And the kernel, I didn't get to choose, the second installation however, did show a option to make the version "ultimate" but I wasn't so sure since in the previous installation I tried to install "nvtop" from the AUR and it broke the Chaotic Drivers, so I had to reinstall the OS. On the second try I didn't want to take any risks about the driver breaking so I didn't let the Version become ultimate.

You should install Garuda first. That way all of your questions can be answered. Nvidia uses prime offloading, you can look in the arch wiki and the Garuda Wiki for most answers to your questions.

Welcome to the Forum!


No, you need to be patient. People are not paid to be on this forum to provide you with support 24 hours a day seven days a week within an 1 hour window.

Then try it.

Try it and see.

Try it and see.

You could have downloaded the installer image, written it to a USB drive, and booted it to try, all within the last 16 hours.


Thanks for providing all your specs, but it's all rather pointless as it's not our system your running. As already mentioned by everyone else who has commented, the only way to predict how Garuda will run on your hardware is to give it a try. Unless someone owns exectly the same rig as you and runs the same Garuda version it's next to impossible to predict what your results will be like.

Garuda runs from a live disk. Simply download the version you want to test, and burn it to disk. If everything loads properly in the Garuda live environment then there's a pretty good chance you'll be just fine.

My crystal ball is currently in the shop, so you'll just need to try it out for yourself.

Hope things work out for you.