Manjaro KDE and Nvidia

With laptops they tend to use optimus tech so you need to fiddle with bumblebee/bbswitch/prime and that can be a hassle

Can you successfully boot the latest KDE live ISO selecting non-free graphics drivers?

If so what is the output of mhwd -li ?

sueridgepipe - I shall find out when I get it tomorrow. It has only just been dispatched from the people that built it. Hopefully it will just work as is.

Thanks everyone else for the info. I will just have to see what occurs and then serach the forums to see any possible solutions if indeed there are issues with the drivers.

I can't honestly say I wanted the Nvidia GPU - it just came with it and I had the option of the 1050ti or 1060.

which laptop it is actually?

If you don't need it at all, it should be possible to disable it in BIOS, which would save you from a lot of trouble.

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yes it definitely should be but alot of times it isn't. @sx200n if you have this option to disable the integrated gpu in bios, do it before you install and then select nonfree drivers and your setup should go smoothly. if not you can try booting as is with nonfree and that will install bumblebee (a boot/kernel parameter might be required for it to fully boot into a graphical desktop, ie, acpi_osi=! and/or others).

after install you can change to whichever optimus solution if your not happy with bumblebee. heres a couple tutorials for some alternatives.

PRIME tutorial
Optimus-Manager tutorial
note: there is also a brief explanation of the different optimus solutions on those tutorials. read up and decide which option fits you best and go with it.

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If video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-bumblebee works in a live environment you are golden.

If not you may require kernel parameters to get bumblebee working ...

If that fails then optimus-manager or prime manual install may be required, depending on how much you want to use your nvidia gpu.

@dglt already linked threads for those.

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Thanks for the responses.

The laptop in question is one I put together through PC Specialist which is based in the UK.

I have tried a good 5 or 6 distro's on USB sticks just to see what happens, and all fail to boot. THey get part way through launching before failing.

With Manjaro it always gets stuck at the MHWD part of the boot.

Does anyone know a way of getting the LIVE USB to at least boot? I know I am likely to need to perform the install using the .modeset=0 command to get it installed, but I need to be able to boot the USB first, and I cannot get any Distro's to boot fully (Ubuntu, Mageia, Manjaro (Deepin, KDE and Gnome all tried), OpenSuse).

Seems like I am stuck unless I can find away to get the USB's to boot before I can alter the install method.

I will have a look in the BIOS and see what options I have to disable the GPU.

this would be your easiest option. even if you intend to turn the intel back on at a later time and install drivers accordingly. it would at the very least make installation easier. if you dont have the option to disable the intel or nvidia gpu then adding kernel parameters are your best option to get manjaro to boot into the live environment. starting simple with adding acpi_osi=! may be all you need to get it to boot there are many others to try but that one often works. do you know how/where to add them?

Thanks for the response.

Unfortunately no I do not. I have been a linux user for years over many Distro's, used Manjaro and installed onto multiple machines over the last 5 years, yet never had any installation issues and therefore installing any form of linux differently to just pressing install on the live boot USB is an unknown to me.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

ok, start with this. im assuming your able to get to the installers grub screen? (where you select free/nonfree)

select nonfree, hit enter and then move selector to the "boot manjaro" selection (something like that) but dont hit enter and instead hit "e" and then find the word 'quiet' and delete it (it in the first line or 2) and replace it with exactly this :
make sure there is a space before and after acpi_osi=! and then hit CTRL+X to boot. if that works, then install. if not there are other parameters that you can try. and after install is finished and you reboot, you will have to do the same at the manjaro grub line hit "e" and replace quiet with acpi_osi=! and CTRL+X to boot.

you'll need to make this permanent after you install and boot into manjaro.
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
and edit the following line to look like this
CTRL+X, then Y, then ENTER to save
sudo update-grub
and your done.

also, how you wrote the iso to the usb matters. etcher works fine, suse image writer, rufus, if you used rufus it must be written in "DD" mode. some of the others will result in not finishing boot.

here are some other parameters you can try if acpi_osi=! doesnt work, again replace quiet with one of the following:
acpi_osi=! acpi_osi="Windows 2015"
acpi_osi=! acpi_osi="Windows 2009"

I already gave you one ... see the bumblebee acpi parameters thread I linked above.

Can you boot the live ISO using the vesa driver?

Did you research this laptop's Linux compatibility before purchasing? Some laptops and their optimus implementations are Linux unfriendly.

All, just thought I would update...

I have a working Manjaro, although I am sure it is not correctly using my Nvidia card.

Basically I found that I needed to edit the Booting of the USB image, but instead of using 'acpi=off' which didn't work, I found I needed to ament 'nouveau.modeset=1' to 'nouveau.modest=0' and I was able to boot the live USB fine.

From here I was unable to install using the normal installation program as that just installed drivers that did not let me boot on re-start. So i used Architect to install and had to install only the 'video-vesa' drivers. All other drivers crashed when tried.

I also then editted Grub in architect to again use the 'nouveau.modeset=0' command at the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line.

Doing this now allows me to boot Manjaro perfectly well, despite being pretty sure Manjaro is not actually utilising my GPU.

Now, following on from this, I have had Manjaro automatically detect the drivers from the system menu and it opts for the 'Intel-nvidia-bumblebee' option. If I install this, Manjaro seems to work fine, until I re-boot and then it just freezes. If I force it to install any of the other Nvidia drivers from the settings screen, it just hangs instantly.

So my quest is now to find correct drivers that will run it.

I can get Ubuntu running fine using the 'acpi=off' command and then installing the Nvidia drivers. But Manjaro seems to be finding it hard getting the right drivers.

In Ubuntu I installed the Nvidia 390xx driver and this worked perfectly, but the same driver in Manjaro does not.

Any thoughts on possible drivers as I am sure this is the last piece of the puzzle.

But if I cannot find one that likes my GPU in Manjaro, I will just dual boot along with Ubuntu (I have now removed Windows). It is really only for the occasional use of Steam that I wanted to get the GPU working.

Kind Regards

If your nvidia card required a legacy 390 series driver then you should probably be using ... make sure though.


You can switch using mhwd by removing one and adding the other ... all driver management in Manjaro is done through mhwd.

sudo mhwd -r pci video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-bumblebee
sudo mhwd -i pci video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee

Also take a look at the bumblebee acpi kernel parameters thread I linked to above, some optimus laptops require these to work.

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1050ti uses the latest nvidia drivers, your problem booting can most likely be fixed with kernel parameters added to /etc/default/grub
sudo nano /etc/default/grub

find and modify the following line (copy/paste, this fails often because of syntax errors)

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="acpi_osi=\"!Windows 2015\""
CTRL+X, then Y, then ENTER
sudo update-grub

reinstall your video drivers.
sudo mhwd -i pci video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-bumblebee


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Right you are, I didn't check the OP, just the quoted text.

If this is a brand new optimus laptop then these have the most trouble with bumblebee.

Prime or Optimus-Manager may be better bets if the acpi kernel parameters don't work.

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Perfect - thanks dglt / sueridgepipe.

This will be my mission tonight - to try this and see if I can get them working.

Kind Regards

i agree completely with @sueridgepipe that prime or optimus-manager will always perform better than bumblebee.
if you really dont care about gpu performance, bumblebee will do fine and also your easiest option since mhwd installs it. its easier to disable one of the gpu's in bios but iirc you dont have that option?

nvidia prime keeps both gpu's on at all times so it uses a bit more power but works very well at all times, no need for switching (bbswitch,optirun,primusrun)

optimus-manager can be set to run X session in intel only or nvidia/intel mode, to switch between modes you have to log out and back in again but if battery is more important to you then this option is better for battery life than prime.


I thought I would respond to this as it has taken me a while to find the time to try this again.

I had success and then ultimately failure.

Using the 'acpi' and 'Windows 2015' commands in Grub didn't work.

But adding the following did...

acpi_osi=! acpi_osi='Windows 2009'

This allowed me to have Manjaro running fine on the Intel Chip. So I updated Grub and I then followed your advice to use MHWD to install the hybrid intel/nvidia drivers.

after a reboot everything was fine, the drivers performed fine and all was good, until I realised it was still a fresh install so Octopi had 576 updates waiting for me. Stupidly I just let Octopi update them all without thinking about driver updates or anything else that may be included in the 576 packages.

Low and behold as soon as the update was done, I was back to a system that wouldn't boot. I just got a black screen after Grub appeared and after I selected 'Manjaro'.

So I need to retrace my steps until I get to the updates and try and work out what update may have thrown everything out.

But at least I had some success (of sorts).


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