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[Some times] Stuck on startup (might be a problem with noveau

asked 2017-09-25 17:13:21 -0500

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So, often when I try to load up fedora, it gets stuck on the following screen: image description

Now, sometimes it doesn't get stuck and goes straight to xfce, where, after typing in my password, it loads nothing but my wallpaper and the mouse pointer (I'm not even able to get to the terminal and am forced to hard shutdown the computer). But, sometimes, rarely, everything goes fine, it goes into xfce and I'm able to carry things on as should be usual.

I suspect it might have something to do with my graphics card, it's a GTX 965m, (I also have an intel 6700hq, if that matters).

Any help will be appreciated.

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Is this photo from cold boot?

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2017-09-25 18:31:14 -0500 )edit

Yes, ozeszty, it is from a cold boot.

Tree Lover gravatar imageTree Lover ( 2017-09-26 13:16:26 -0500 )edit

According to this photo, CPU is throttling because of to high temperature, it's weird on cold boot. Basically heat sink would have to not touch CPU for it to overheat that fast... Have you disassembled this laptop and did something with its cooling?

On the GPU issue side, 965M should work moderately on nouveau. Are you using nvidia GPU at all (e.g. running some programs with PRIME or using Nvidia GPU on Windows)?

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2017-09-26 14:11:03 -0500 )edit

I might have misinterpreted he meaning of cold boot. I had been using the computer before trying to get into fedora, the over heating might be from that. I've put a cooling fan under the laptop now, it seems to have resolved the issue of getting into fedora (xfce is still messes up, but, I doubt it's fedora's fault).

Yes, I frequently use the GPU.

Tree Lover gravatar imageTree Lover ( 2017-09-26 14:26:33 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-09-27 02:55:57 -0500

ozeszty gravatar image

The overheating and graphics issues are most probably caused by bad support in open source nouveau driver (Nvidia is blocking its development). Install bumblebee and proprietary driver to resolve it, this wiki explains how to install and use them.

Install xsensors and monitor temperatures and fan speed, ~40 ºC is reasonable for laptop idling on Intel GPU.

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