Nvidia laptop black screen

I am trying to install Garuda on my new SSD for the first time ever. I chose the dragonized version because I really love KDE more than other distros. my problem is that after installing the OS and booting the SSD I get to a black screen (no cursor), from looking around and searching for a solution I come to a conclusion that the problem is the NVIDIA GPU (what a surprise). I do get a tty2 console (as I saw from other similar problems). I tried restarting the "sddm" and it didn't help, I also run the "startx" command and it returned with a cannot connect to a server. and the "startkde" returned with "no such file or directory"
I would really appreciate the help!

My device is a ASUS ROG Strix 15
GPU: GTX 2070 super
CPU: I7-10875H

When you choose non-free drivers the live environment was fine, but after finishing the installation it will not log in?

Please post output of garuda-inxi from the live environment. Put three tildes before and after for code formatting like this:

Paste garuda-inxi

Kernel: 5.16.16-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
misobasedir=garuda misolabel=GARUDA_DR460NIZED_WHITETAILEDEAG quiet
systemd.show_status=1 driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.3 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: ROG Strix G532LWS_G532LWS v: 1.0
serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: G532LWS v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: American Megatrends v: G532LWS.311 date: 01/08/2021
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 57.3 Wh (96.8%) condition: 59.2/66.0 Wh (89.7%)
volts: 15.7 min: 15.7 model: ASUSTeK ASUS Battery type: Li-ion serial: N/A
status: not charging cycles: 15
Info: model: Intel Core i7-10875H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Comet Lake
family: 6 model-id: 0xA5 (165) stepping: 2 microcode: 0xEC
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB; i-8x32 KiB L2: 2 MiB desc: 8x256 KiB
L3: 16 MiB desc: 1x16 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 3364 high: 4124 min/max: 800/5100 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 2953 2: 3299 3: 3016
4: 3045 5: 3600 6: 3815 7: 3457 8: 3893 9: 2442 10: 2658 11: 3727
12: 3752 13: 4124 14: 2039 15: 3945 16: 4070 bogomips: 73598
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 status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2
mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Can't use string ("edid-sync") as a HASH ref while "strict refs" in use at /usr/bin/inxi line 28619, <$fh> line 1.
warning: database file for 'core' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'extra' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'community' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'multilib' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
warning: database file for 'chaotic-aur' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
Garuda (2.5.6-2):
System install date:     2022-04-23
Last full system update: 2022-04-23 ↻
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:
McFly: Importing shell history for the first time. This may take a minute or two...done.

This is from the live environment (at the boot i chose the non nvidia option because it brings me to a black screen)

Did you complete the installation with open-source drivers?

And now you cannot log in with open-source drivers?

Or are you trying to switch to Nvidia proprietary drivers?

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i completed the installation with the open-source drivers, after that I did a full update and upgrade to the system, used the assistant to install the NVIDIA drives and after that a black screen on the very next reboot. i do get a tty2 prompt tho

Try to switch to the LTS kernel before you switch to the Nvidia drivers and see if you have better luck. If you didn't install the LTS kernel you can add it from Garuda Assistant and switch to it from the grub menu (before login screen).


Did you search about?

I just loaded that LTS kernel and it did work and i have my screen, is there any difference using this kernel or the regular one?

I indeed followed this thread and dig throughout the forum for a solution that would work for me but except from switching the kernel i didn't get results from other solutions i saw

Why are you sharing this only now when asked?
It could be helpful and avoid unnecessary questions.

Same for garuda-inxi.

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Every kernel is a little different. The LTS kernel is good, it has a lot of hardware support baked-in. As your hardware ages you will probably start to get more kernel options that work out of the box. Sometimes (especially with Nvidia) you kind of just have to use whatever works!

Ok, thank you very much for the help and the patience!!! I will use this kernel then and hope Nvidia will smart up one day.

well I did get the help that i needed so sorry for bothering..

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