Nvidia stuff is installed, but I have a Radeon card

This is the only distro where this has happens to me- some games, notably Star Wars Battlefront 2 from Steam, give me an error trying to launch saying something like "You are using an outdated Nvidia driver version please upgrade to 390.xx". The strange thing is, I don't use any Nvidia hardware, I have a Radeon RX580 w/ Ryzen 5.
So I looked in the software center and found that I have two nvidia-related packages installed, mhwd-nvidia and mhwd-nvidia-390xx. When I try to remove these, it also tries to uninstall a bunch of important seeming things, like garuda-settings-manager and a bunch of non-nvidia dependencies.
Any idea what's going on? My display controller under hardware config says "Ellesmere" and seems to recognize my GPU correctly. Should I keep those nvidia packages, or are those not related to the BF2 issue?

Oops :-)

Hardware config


and post

inxi -Fza

as text! Even if you personally think it is unnecessary.



These are used by Garuda settings manager which depends on them. So uninstalling is not possible. That aint the real driver used by the system though, so dont worry.

System:    Kernel: 5.12.8-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0  
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That's the info I needed, thank you! But could these packages be the reason some games recognize my card as Nvidia? Never had this issue anywhere else and I can't play a big chunk of games because of it. I have a feeling I might have gone overboard installing unneeded packages during that startup wizard..

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No I dont think thats the issue here. You can verify this by removing garuda-settings-manager (should get rid of those packages in question as well) with

sudo pacman -Rns garuda-settings-manager

Then try gaming, Im sure though that doesnt change the fact that it wont work. Im not gaming myself & dont own AMD either, might be worth to do some research how to get the specific card running on Arch maybe.

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I can't seem to find anyone else with the issue, I've been looking for days. Everywhere I look it up, it's people having trouble with their own respective Nvidia cards. I can't find anything else on Nvidia driver issues showing up for AMD cards. I don't think it's a game specific thing because native games run fine but the ones configured with Proton/Wine etc (that work out the box on other distros) give me issues 90% of the time. Strange considering the only distro I tried tailored for gaming is the only one that gave me problems running games. But when they DO run, they run super smoothly.
I think I'm going to do a clean install again and only install the required bare minimum, I guess trying to go for maximum compatibility broke something during installation. At least I know it isn't those 2 packages I was concerned about, thank you

It is. Look in the game's (or whatever controls the game) settings.
Your driver configuration is fine, you don't need to re-install.

If you enjoy reinstalling, though, go ahead. Anything pleases anyone... :wink:

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I hardly think it's a coincidence that the game very recently ran perfectly on numerous other distros but borked on Garuda only, but thanks for trying to help.

Just wild guessing here:

Garuda uses the following, a change might help?


I apologize for the naivety & wasting everyone's time, I'm not sure what exactly that last command did but I ran that and rebooted and everything single game that wasn't starting before works beautifully now. What a relief. Thank you both so much for your time and patience

Whatever that command did, it was lost after reboot.
So, you may safely conclude your computer has some hidden ghosts inside.
Don't laugh, there are several others with the same issue!!! :ghost: :ghost:


I'm going back to Solus, I don't need the devs bullying me when all I need is tech support. How about fix your shitty buggy unstable OS so it doesn't have these probs out the box so I wouldn't have to waste your time?
Please delete my account and this post if possible, thanks.

Sorry, what???
Are you joking?? :man_facepalming:


Insults don't help anyone, but only bring out the character of users who, when they get stuck, stomp their feet like toddlers.
Garuda, like many other Arch OS, works for thousands of users.
Only a few have problems because of missing hardware drivers that do not support Linux from the manufacturer's side.

But it's so nice and easy to anonymously get worked up about the gifts without ever having set up anything of your own.

But even with snide remarks you can't cover up your own incompetence.

Have a good trip.


By doing NOTHING different from what I do on other distros (even Arch based), either my computer has coincidentally died/broke physically during the last 13 hours, or your operating system has literally broke my computer. I've only stopped for 30 mins to eat. It's 4:28 am and I'm still looking at a bootloop. Garuda has destroyed my hard drive in ways that no other OS ever has, and I'm giving up. I know there's no point asking for assistance when google results leave me stranded and the creators really seem to hate helping beginners. Before Garuda, I would distrohop frequently. I'm not sure what this OS did to my hardware but ever since I installed it no OS that I install on my PC will boot. I even attempted to go back to Windows that is how desperate I got :frowning: I get an filesystem dev/sda corrupt error or something when trying to boot the installer. My cyberpowerPC splash screen is also now all green for some reason and makes a loud beaping noise before it rapidly shuts off. Linux Live CDs don't even boot. I'm typing this from my brother's PC as mine can no longer seem to reach any sort GUI. I'm lying, I installed the non-gaming version instead and I now have no problems.
Did you know you actually can obtain the triforce in Ocarina of Time? Immediately after getting Zelda's ocarina from the ditch and seeing the dying soldier easter egg in the market, go talk to Saria.

If you read the topic title that you have created, it says nothing about system problems.

If you have any issues with your Garuda system, start a new topic.
This topic is answered and solved.