- I have my computer hooked up to my TV as a monitor via HDMI but no matter what I try, it always boots in PC mode until I sign in to Linux so I have to keep it hooked up via VGA as well and switch back and forth between inputs.
- Also, upon logging into Linux, PC mode (via VGA) goes black for a bit, varying in time.
- The HDMI input will sometimes strobe uncontrollably until I change the TV input to PC and then back to HDMI. I have found that the most reliable trigger for this is opening "Display" (settings) in System Settings
- Sometimes I get pink lines all over the screen for a few seconds and the display image gets twisted and contorted
- Lastly, when Linux mint is booting, some long "Dell" message appears horizontally across the screen but strobes too quickly for me to read.
I have tried looking into all of my TV's settings to see if that is causing the issue, but have found nothing that helps. Since I have a VGA port on my TV as well I suppose I could tinker with the settings again to make this the only Display Source, but one of the main perks of getting a new GPU was being able to use an HDMI connection like I do on my other devices.
Precursor: I recently started using an old Dell Inspiron530 again that was still running windowsXP and infested with malware. I cleared the Hard Drive to start from scratch and downloaded Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit, and have been very impressed with this operating system, but I am definitely still adjusting to the differences.
This computer was unable to run even the simplest Internet games without extreme lag and the occasional crash. I have to run some games for a few of my college courses right now so I decided to upgrade my system a bit.
Current System: (new parts bolded)
- Q6600 Processor (Core2Quad @2.4)
- OFM586 Motherboard w/ 2Gib DDR2 RAM (Pathetic I know)
- Sandisk Ultra II 240Gib SSD for booting
- OEM 320Gib HDD for storage
- Rosewill RD 450-2DB Power Supply Unit
- EVGA GEFORCE GTX 750Ti GPU
I installed all the hardware, re-installed my OS on the SSD and cleared the HDD. I then went to install the Driver for the GPU (which came on a DVD-R) but of course, said driver is a .exe file (only thing that gets me frustrated at Linux right now).
So, I googled an answer, found a guide showing how to use Linux's recommended driver for the GPU (NVIDIA 361.42 for Linux-x86_64) and installed it.
This is my first time ever changing out hardware on a computer, so I am a bit lost at this point. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by sheffielle, 07 September 2016 - 12:53 AM.