|# perform a fresh install of Ubuntu 17.10|
|# upgrade the kernel to v4.13.10|
|sudo dpkg -i *.deb|
|# configure required kernel parameter (https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/bbswitch/issues/148)|
|sudo nano /etc/default/grub|
|# change this parameter to: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_rev_override=1"|
|# rebuild the bootloader|
|# install and configure TLP and PowerTOP|
|sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw powertop|
|sudo tlp start|
|# PowerTOP should be reporting a battery discharge rate of ~8-12W|
|sudo powertop --auto-tune # auto-tune parameter will configure some recommended power-saving tweaks|
|# install Nvidia 384.90 drivers|
|sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa|
|sudo apt update|
|sudo apt-get install nvidia-384=384.90-0ubuntu18.104.22.168|
|sudo apt-mark hold nvidia-384 # stop this package being auto-updated during package resolution|
|# test that the nvidia drivers are working: nvidia-smi should output some GPU stats|
|# PowerTOP should now be reporting a battery discharge rate of ~15-20W|
|# install Nvidia Prime: so we can disable the dedicated GPU when we don't want it|
|sudo apt-get install nvidia-prime|
|sudo prime-select intel|
|# REBOOT: when we boot back in, GPU should now be disabled|
|sudo powertop # PowerTOP should be reporting ~8-12W dischargehe|
|nvidia-smi # nvidia-smi should complain about missing drivers|
|sudo prime-select nvidia # switch back to dedicated graphics|
|sudo powertop # PowerTOP should start reporting ~15-20W discharge|
|nvidia-smi # nvidia-smi should report GPU info|
|sudo prime-select intel # the GOTCHA: prime-select intel doesn't re-disable the graphics card|
|sudo powertop # PowerTOP still reporting ~15-20W discharge|
|nvidia-smi # nvidia-smi correctly complaining about missing drivers|
Followed these instructions, got as far as installing the nvidia dependency and got:
If I try to install the nvidia via
and just hangs. In the process list, I can see this:
Thank you for putting this together. I have had nothing but nightmares with my XPS 9560 and ubuntu. Following your instructions, when I enter the command sudo prime-select nvidia, I get quite a bit of output. then nvidia-smi says:
NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn't communicate with the NVIDIA driver. Make sure that the latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running.
This occurs even though in software and updates, 3rd party drivers shows that nvidia 384 is installed and selected.
FWIW my machine will not shut down when I use the GUI power off, nor can I use the brightness controls.
All of this is when I am logged in via the xorg option, and not the default wayland.
Just tried and worked great on my XPS 9560 (4K display, 2x scalling). Few changes that may help someone else:
Thanks for the guide!
I still have problems with the Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 rev32, which just won't connect to the wifi router. I've tried 16.04, 16.10, 17.10, Arch, Manjaro and even Fedora. I've tried various firmware versions, I've tried the https://github.com/kvalo/ath10k-firmware drivers etc - nothing works, all the things that seemed to work for many others failed for me. It worked fine under Windows of course. Without an ethernet port I'm doing wifi via mobile phone usb tethering for now.
@vegbrasil, I just installed today and used the kernel and driver version you listed so far so good.
It's been a while since I've tried using Ubuntu as my main OS. Curious for anybody to answer, are you guys using x11 or wayland when Nvidia drivers are disabled? I've been switching between both but for some reason I'm noticing a lot of delay/lag issues with animations & mouse on wayland vs x11. Honestly I do not recall Gnome being this laggy in general?
@DeuceTheCoder The original Prime Indicator I mentioned on my first comment is an applet for Unity, and since I'm using GNOME now, its a no go... There's a equivalent for GNOME but it does not seems to be working recently. So yeah, kind stuck on that.
One interesting thing is that, Nvidia drivers used to allow switching betweens GPUs in Ubuntu 16.04, even when using Intel - effectively giving three options for the task: Prime Indicator, Nvidia drivers or directly in the terminal. Now, in 17.10, the only option left is terminal commands because Nvidia drivers won't open when the card is disabled. Not sure why.
I think 16.04 may be still the way to go... Touchscreen is slightly better on 17.10 (still not usable), Wi-Fi sucks on both (shitty Killer card).
@Catbodi Wow! I thought I was going crazy, it is indeed very laggy by default (Wayland and Nvidia disabled). I "solved" the issue by disabling all animations using Tweak Tool. Gonna try using X11 - is there any trade offs?
@vegbrasil, you are definitely not going crazy. I also thought I was crazy and even started beginning to think that my hardware was defective... I believe I'm getting things narrowed down here though... I tried Ubuntu 17.10 then went to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS... Why? I initially thought it was Wayland issues, but I saw the problems persisted when also with X11. Then I guessed that Gnome was probably just terrible, after all this was the first time in many years since Ubuntu switched from Unity to Gnome. I installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, upgraded kernel to 4.15 + 390.25. I saw improvement with performance/lag but really it wasn't where it should be. The XPS 9560 is an insanely powerful laptop and this doesn't really add up.
I did some searching, and found this, it's a Nvidia forum thread filled with people complaining about huge performance stuttering issues with driver 390.25 installed. A ran through the pages and saw people experiencing the same thing I did. Strange stuttering inside Chromium/Firefox scrolling quickly through pages, YouTube being insanely slow just trying to load the page and the video. I guess this is why our friend @tomwwright installed 384 in the original post then held the package it so it wouldn't be updated...
Now, still on Ubuntu 16.04, I purged everything Nvidia (390) and the dependencies, then tried installing nvidia-384, switched to Nvidia in the settings then logged out to try nvidia-smi, I couldn't log back in since it would just crash after entering the password. So I'm at a loss for what to do. From what I understand, if I downgrade to 4.13 then more than likely 384 will work and performance will be okay, 4.15 has the latest Spectre/Meltdown patches. For now I've just uninstalled everything Nvidia completely and performance is better overall. What are your thoughts on this, we've come to a frustrating block. Picking between performance for our hardware versus security for our hardware.
@Catbodi I was pessimistic overall but now I think Cinnamon was the last the piece of the puzzle. Although,
Please note that I don't game on Linux, only on Windows.
Powertop reports around 10W when idle, which seems OK for me, considering the Core i7 and the 4K screen.
Is there any other use cases where you are getting stuttering? Firefox, YouTube and system UI effects are fine here.
@vegbrasil, I've re-installed nvidia-390 but definitely just going to keep it disabled and only on Intel since performance is better even for just productivity. I do not game at all, I only use this laptop for tasks and have a Windows machine for any gaming I want to do (wish I had more time
When you run "sudo Xorg -version", what does the first line return?
@vegbrasil, also! Throw that Killer card in the trash and swap it with an Intel 8265. I cannot believe right now laptop manufacturers like Dell and Razer are actually including that card in their high-end laptops... When I had that in my laptop the performance was piss poor but that wasn't the worse part. Depending on your router and in my case, I would literally bring down the router and everybody connected periodically throughout the week or two I had it in the laptop when I purchased it... how a company like Killer which has been around for a decent amount of time managed to pull off a card/driver issue so shitty it not only ruins the experience of your laptop but those just on the same network as you is beyond me.
@Catbodi I've installed
Using Intel or
$ sudo Xorg -version X.Org X Server 1.19.5 Release Date: 2017-10-12 X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0 Build Operating System: Linux 4.4.0-97-generic x86_64 Ubuntu Current Operating System: Linux xps 4.15.3-041503-generic #201802120730 SMP Mon Feb 12 07:31:14 UTC 2018 x86_64 Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.15.3-041503-generic root=UUID=76362f42-162e-44dd-bcf0-823d2b9f8d0a ro quiet splash acpi_rev_override=1 vt.handoff=7 Build Date: 15 October 2017 05:51:19PM xorg-server 2:1.19.5-0ubuntu2 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support) Current version of pixman: 0.34.0 Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org to make sure that you have the latest version.
With my current setup, a restart is needed to switch between cards.
About the Killer card... I don't even know how to blame, Dell or Killer...
I have a lot of mixed results with this card: on Windows, any wi-fi network works great. On Linux, my home network works great, at work I have the opposed result. Can't find the pattern to success.
I really need to buy a Intel 8265 - the only problem is that they don't ship directly to my country (just like the XPS itself) and a company to redirect the package is a little expensive. I'll probably pay like US$ 100+ in total for the card.
If this can help, after struggling to get Ubuntu working on Dell of a friend we put together those tips with the ones for the Atheros wifi cards and made a working out-of-the-box Ubuntu ISO for Dell XPS 15 9560!
You can find everything here:
In the repo you can find all the scripts to respin any ISO supported by Isorespin script
I am rather noob regarding Ubuntu configuring. I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 and experienced a few things (wifi drops..) but it seems all ok now. No lag or freeze etc.. pretty satisfied.
(also does Nvidia driver ticked = running on card and X driver ticked = running on motherboard ? it's a stupid question but as I don't need performance it could do the trick)
Ok I have switched to X and removed and purged everything nvidia. Now powertop is between 12 and 14which is better. I guess I won't be able to do better as I use X now. (Also eventhough I have removed Nvidia, the nvidia driver is still offered as an option in additional drivers...)
Some things to consider:
Ubuntu 18.04 bionic update
Took the plunge yesterday and did a
Upon restart, your DE will fail to start probably. Reboot again and on the boot menu choose
You should be able to boot to your DE now, but the discrete GPU will be on and guzzling power even if you already had bbswitch installed. You need to
I haven't been able to finish setting up bumblebee yet.
Also upgraded to 18.04, with a load of trouble. Mousepad was not working right, this needed to be fixed by installing the xserver-xorg-input-synaptics driver and a gnome-tweaks setting to get the right button to work again.
No idea yet on how to do this better... Watching this space ;)
I also upgraded to 18.04 on a XPS 9560 and having trouble with nouveau.
When running with the nvidia card, nouveau is not loaded.
I've been setting up an XPS 9570 with Ubuntu 18.04, thanks everyone for putting this together - many tips above have been quite helpful!
Have installed nvidia proprietary drivers, and switched the computer to use Intel graphics. Was having problems with the laptop not going to sleep using Intel graphics, also had problems with crashes. Those two issues were resolved by adding
It turned out that nouveau was being loaded by the nvidia-fallback service, disabling it via
My fans seem to constantly be spinning up and down, even under minimal load in a cool room. It's not entirely consistent, which makes me think it might be related to some measured temperature - fans will be on for a second or so, then off for ~10 seconds. It seems wasteful and is distracting. Any ideas on how to prevent this?
i'll post my entire notes, which is also a reference to this here doc, but contains more after this guide: