Debian fails to boot fresh install Nvidea GPU


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Jan 26, 2021
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I did a fresh install of Debian 2 days ago in duel boot with Windows on a new PC.
The problem is that when I boot to debian, I get a black screen with a blinking cursor

The system is an AMD Ryzen9 with Nvidea RTX2060

Steps I've taken include:

1) Attempting to install the appropriate driver for Nvidia

After editing package sources to allow non-free:

apt install nvidia-driver

2) Altering the grup boot options

In /etc/default/grup

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

followed by running:


Note that this had the effect of causing an error message to show after booting, followed again by the black screen blinking cursor. The error message reads:

core perfctr but no constraints: unknown hardware!
kobject: can not set name properly!
mce: unable to init MCE device (rct -22)
[...] watchdog hardware is disabled

3) Installing other firmware
I have run:

apt install firmware-netxen firmware-realtek

Diagnostic Information I've collected includes:

lspci -s 2d:00.0 -v
VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 1e89 *rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
kernel driver in use: nvidia
kernel modules: nvidia

[...] GPU at PCI: [...]
[ 428.617069] NVRM: RmInitAdapter failed! (0x65:1106)
[ 428.617115] NVRM: rm-init-adapter failed for device bearing minor number 0
Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration
Fatal server error:
no screens found(EE)
please consult the foundation support

Someone help? :\ Thanks :)

Try installing nvidia-detect and run it, it should tell you which driver you need for your card.
Thank you f33dm3bits. Output below (uh oh)

"Detected Nvidia gpus:
2d:00.0 VGA compatible controller [...]
Checking card: [...]
Uh oh. Your card is not supported by any driver version up to 418.152.00.
A newer driver may add support for your card
Newer driver releases may be available in backports, unstable or experimental"

advice? Card is a previous-gen card so this is odd.
Can you share the output of the following.
lspci -nn | grep -i vga
What graphics card do you have, normally it would show with that output but it doesn't seem to in this case.
What graphics card do you have, normally it would show with that output but it doesn't seem to in this case.
Nvm, I skipped over the beginning of your post: RTX2060
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Can you share the output of the following.
dpkg --list | grep -i nvidia
And which Debian version do you have installed, 10.x(Buster)?
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Debian is version 10, buster.

Apologies this is the best image I could get. It overflows and I don't think the recovery-terminal allows scrolling


I tried with excluding cuda entries as well:

dpkg --list | grep -i --perl-regexp 'nvidia(?!.cuda.)'

Those nvidia drivers currently installed are quite old, I wouldn't be surprised if those drivers don't support the RTX 2060. Try removing the nvidia drivers you currently have installed and installing the new drivers from backports.
Glad to have helped out!

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