Got nailed by an Update, Need Nvidia Driver

Hi All,

I seemed to have gotten nailed by a recent update, snapshots did not work so I had to reinstall. So I cant tell if any Nvidia driver is installed or just not running...I tried looking online for specifics but being a linux newbie, the instructions left something to be desired for readability, or perhaps its just me.

I know for a fact on my old install I had driver: 470.129.06

Id like to download that exact driver if possible as it was stable (I went with open source). But Im not sure how to tell what Nvidia components are already installed or if perhaps something just isnt running properly. I recall when I did the install for the setup that is now toast, it seemed to have downloaded or installed on its own, so the opposite here appears true.

Any help is greatly appreciated, Im trying to get back up and running as quickly as possible.

I was able to run nvidia-smi command just now and it says

NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIAdriver is installed and running.
Kernel: 5.19.5-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=bb35dc5c-19e7-492f-8fe5-7ac2fedc245b rw [email protected]
quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.25.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.5 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop System: HP product: HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF v: N/A
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 4 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: HP model: 8054 v: KBC Version 05.39 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: HP v: N01 Ver. 02.53 date: 04/19/2021
Info: model: Intel Core i7-6700 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Skylake-S
gen: core 6 built: 2015 process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x5E (94)
stepping: 3 microcode: 0xF0
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
L3: 8 MiB desc: 1x8 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2100 high: 3400 min/max: 800/4000 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 3400 2: 800 3: 800
4: 3400 5: 800 6: 800 7: 3400 8: 3400 bogomips: 54398
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: retbleed mitigation: IBRS
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling,
PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: TSX disabled
Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 530 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915
v: kernel arch: Gen-9 process: Intel 14n built: 2015-16 ports: active: none
empty: DP-1, DP-2, DP-3, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0
chip-ID: 8086:1912 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA GK208B [GeForce GT 730] vendor: PNY driver: nouveau
v: kernel non-free: series: 470.xx+ status: legacy-active (EOL~2023/24)
arch: Kepler code: GKxxx process: TSMC 28nm built: 2012-18 pcie: gen: 1
speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s ports:
active: DVI-D-1,HDMI-A-3,VGA-1 empty: none bus-ID: 01:00.0
chip-ID: 10de:1287 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.3
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nouveau
alternate: fbdev,intel,nv,vesa gpu: nouveau display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 5760x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1524x285mm (60.00x11.22")
s-diag: 1550mm (61.04")
Monitor-1: DVI-D-1 pos: right model: BenQ GW2780 serial: <filter>
built: 2020 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 82 gamma: 1.2
size: 598x336mm (23.54x13.23") diag: 686mm (27") ratio: 16:9 modes:
max: 1920x1080 min: 720x400
Monitor-2: HDMI-A-3 mapped: HDMI-3 pos: primary,center model: LG
(GoldStar) 32 FHD serial: <filter> built: 2014 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 70
gamma: 1.2 size: 698x392mm (27.48x15.43") diag: 801mm (31.5") ratio: 16:9
modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 640x480
Monitor-3: VGA-1 pos: primary,left model: Asus VS239 serial: <filter>
built: 2012 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 96 gamma: 1.2
size: 509x286mm (20.04x11.26") diag: 584mm (23") ratio: 16:9 modes:
max: 1920x1080 min: 720x400
OpenGL: renderer: NV106 v: 4.3 Mesa 22.1.7 direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel 100 Series/C230 Series Family HD Audio
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
chip-ID: 8086:a170 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA GK208 HDMI/DP Audio vendor: PNY driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: gen: 3
speed: 8 GT/s bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0e0f class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.19.5-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-LM vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: e1000e
v: kernel port: N/A bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15b7 class-ID: 0200
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Device-2: Intel 82574L Gigabit Network driver: e1000e v: kernel pcie:
gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 4000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
chip-ID: 8086:10d3 class-ID: 0200
IF: ens6 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 689.33 GiB used: 13.29 GiB (1.9%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Crucial model: CT500MX500SSD1
size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 033 scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Kingston model: SUV400S37240G
size: 223.57 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: D6SD scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw-size: 223.27 GiB size: 223.27 GiB (100.00%) used: 13.29 GiB
(6.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%) used: 608 KiB
(0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17
ID-3: /home raw-size: 223.27 GiB size: 223.27 GiB (100.00%) used: 13.29
GiB (6.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 223.27 GiB size: 223.27 GiB (100.00%) used: 13.29
GiB (6.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 223.27 GiB size: 223.27 GiB (100.00%) used: 13.29
GiB (6.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 27.3 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 31.0 C pch: 59.5 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau
temp: 69.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Processes: 243 Uptime: 31m wakeups: 0 Memory: 27.3 GiB used: 2.07 GiB
(7.6%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 12.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1260 lib: 315 Shell: fish v: 3.5.1
default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.20
Garuda (2.6.6-1):
System install date:     2022-09-01
Last full system update: 2022-09-01
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:            bluetooth-autoconnect.service

To save nvidia-settings it need sudo but there a no nvidia-driver installed.

Search in forum about, I do not use notebooks with 2 GPU's and can't help.
Last driver is nvidia v: 515.65.01 but I use it in desktop :slight_smile:

This isnt a notebook (its a desktop) and I dont care about the 2nd GPU

Ok, you are right, no notebook, but 2nd gpu is nvidia and you wrote you need nvidia driver, so I am lost and out.

Appreciate it anyway.

I got it, in Pacman GUI I was able to locate what I needed. I got the 470xx-dkms and looks like the video driver. is now installed

This appears to be solved, so I will mark a solution and close the thread.

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