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vuki656 09-02-2020 12:13 PM

Boot to blank screen or laggy monitors? Here is what worked for me.
 
My experience with the display link was not present. After first installing it, I was greeted with a blank screen on boot, and after I managed to bypass that I got extremely laggy monitors.

NOTE: I'm running ryzen 7 and Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti

Here is the process that fixed laggy monitors and makes everything smooth:

1. Update kernel to latest version with mainline
a .sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:cappelikan/ppa
b .sudo apt install mainline
c. Open mainline GUI and install the latest kernel version
2. Restart and then Install display link driver (download the ubuntu version from their website)
a. sudo apt-get install dkms
b. sudo apt-get install libdrm0dev
3. Run the driver installation file
a. Right click the file and go to properties/premissions
b. Set the access to read/write
c. Set the execute to true
d. Run sudo ./<file-name>
5. Restart
6. Install nvidia drivers
a. sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
b. sudo apt-get-repository ppa:graphics-drivers
c. sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-450 (this one worked for me)
7. Set the graphics card as main
a. Go to and open /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-nvidia.conf
b. Paste
HTML Code:

  Section "OutputClass"

    Identifier "nvidia"

    MatchDriver "nvidia-drm"

    Driver "nvidia"

    Option "AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration"

    ModulePath "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg"

    Option "PrimaryGPU" "yes"

EndSection

The important line here is PrimaryGPU. I think I had laggy monitors because ubuntu was running everything over the integrated GPU
8. Restart

Hopefully it works.

thopiekar 09-11-2020 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vuki656 (Post 90651)
My experience with the display link was not present. After first installing it, I was greeted with a blank screen on boot, and after I managed to bypass that I got extremely laggy monitors.

NOTE: I'm running ryzen 7 and Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti

Here is the process that fixed laggy monitors and makes everything smooth:

1. Update kernel to latest version with mainline
a .sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:cappelikan/ppa
b .sudo apt install mainline
c. Open mainline GUI and install the latest kernel version
2. Restart and then Install display link driver (download the ubuntu version from their website)
a. sudo apt-get install dkms
b. sudo apt-get install libdrm0dev
3. Run the driver installation file
a. Right click the file and go to properties/premissions
b. Set the access to read/write
c. Set the execute to true
d. Run sudo ./<file-name>
5. Restart
6. Install nvidia drivers
a. sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
b. sudo apt-get-repository ppa:graphics-drivers
c. sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-450 (this one worked for me)
7. Set the graphics card as main
a. Go to and open /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-nvidia.conf
b. Paste
HTML Code:

  Section "OutputClass"

    Identifier "nvidia"

    MatchDriver "nvidia-drm"

    Driver "nvidia"

    Option "AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration"

    ModulePath "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia/xorg"

    Option "PrimaryGPU" "yes"

EndSection

The important line here is PrimaryGPU. I think I had laggy monitors because ubuntu was running everything over the integrated GPU
8. Restart

Hopefully it works.

Wait.. How does it come that you are able to run it with Nvidia drivers. As far as I read, the DisplayLink software will only work with opensource drivers. Is there something new about nvidia-driver-450 and newer, that makes it finally work?

vuki656 10-06-2020 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thopiekar (Post 90700)
Wait.. How does it come that you are able to run it with Nvidia drivers. As far as I read, the DisplayLink software will only work with opensource drivers. Is there something new about nvidia-driver-450 and newer, that makes it finally work?

Honestly no idea.

There are a few drawbacks like out-of-scale aspect ratio and night light not working on external monitors but Ill take that any day as long as my external monitors work smoothly.


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