Aaron44126 Posted April 15 Share Posted April 15 Alright, I'm giving it a go. Hoping some more experienced Linux users like @Etern4l and @Ionising_Radiation can maybe offer some tips. This is on my Dell Precision 7770 (full specs in sig). I actually had trouble just getting a distro up and running. I want to use Ubuntu or a derivative mostly because it's what I'm used to — I'm actually pretty familiar with Linux from using it on servers, VMs, and WSL; it's just been a looooooong time since I tried to use it as a daily driver desktop OS. Tried Linux Mint 21.1 first and it installed fine, but I found that Cinnamon is "not there" when it comes to high-DPI support so that experiment ended quickly. I wanted to start by trying KDE instead of GNOME. I found that kubuntu 22.04.2 locked up whenever I got a few clicks into the installer or when I tried the "Try Kubuntu" button. (I tried two different USB drives to make sure that it was not some kind of storage issue.) I did eventually get it to install but then it locked up after I entered my password at the login screen after first boot. Actually tried to boot Fedora-KDE but I got stuck with a black screen and blinking cursor when trying to boot the install media. Possibly the NVIDIA driver issue (see next point). ...So fine, I'll give plain Ubuntu with GNOME a go. I managed to install Ubuntu 22.04.2 and that went fine, but after installing the proprietary NVIDIA GPU driver I was again greeted with a black screen and blinking cursor after rebooting. I figured out the solution to this which was to install the linux-headers package before installing the NVIDIA driver itself, I guess it builds some modules dynamically and failed without that package? So, up and running on Ubuntu 22.04.2 with GNOME. It's actually a pretty slick experience, with nice GUI animations and high-DPI looking really good. I don't like the left-side app dock; I moved it to the bottom and put it on auto-hide, seems good enough. (I'm more of an Alt+Tab user, and I also like how pressing the "Super" brings up all of the open app windows.) I don't like that top bar either, it seems to be taking up space without really offering much value. I'm sure it can be customized but I haven't messed with that yet; I did not see any options regarding it during my quick trip through the Settings app. Anyway, here are my observations/issues after trying to use it for an evening. I'm using "hybrid graphics" ("Optimus") so the laptop display is driven off of the Intel GPU. It seems to have a proper kernel module/driver for the 12th-gen Intel GPU (this was not the case with Ubuntu 22.04.1). But, it will not let me select 120 Hz for my refresh rate, the only option presented is 60 Hz. I didn't spend a whole lot of time trying to figure this out, but nothing jumped out at me when I Googled about this issue. (No such issue with this under Windows.) This was the case both under X11/Xorg, and under Wayland, which I did figure out how to get running. Also regarding the display panel, by default "automatic brightness" was turned on which is supposed to, I guess, dynamically change the screen brightness depending on your physical environment. In practice, for me, it resulted in the screen brightness just changing randomly. Like, it kept trying to compensate for light created by the display panel itself. I turned it off in GNOME settings, and all is good, except it is still active at the login screen when the system first boots up. The result is, after I reboot, the screen brightness level after I log in is "random" and I have to manually correct it. I wonder if there is any way to get the Precision 7000 fingerprint reader working yet? I was mildly annoyed to enter my password every time I wanted to unlock the system, but I didn't actually spend any time trying to figure this out yet. Some apps don't respond well to high-DPI. My first big example is KeePass, my password manager of choice, which on Linux runs under Mono. The text is rendered well enough but all of the graphics and the toolbar are tiny. Is there a way to run a specific app without scaling and have the system just blow everything up to 200%, so it looks blurry maybe but at least has the proper layout? (Easy enough to pull off under Windows.) I'll give KeePassXC a try, but I do rely on a number of KeePass plugins, so I'm not sure if it will support everything... I'm also annoyed that the GNOME file manager reports file and disk sizes based on "1000" rather than "1024". A 32 GB partition (that is 32 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024 bytes) is reported as 34 GB. Same for the sizes of various files. I understand the reasoning, sort of, but I would prefer the option to switch to "MiB" 1024-based sizes if only because I am long used to it and also to have my file sizes match up with every other operating system. There doesn't appear to be a way to do this. It's not consistent, either, for example GParted does report things based on 1024-based sizes. I'd expect Linux to be more about user choice, so the answer "No, you can't do that" makes me say "...Really?". I saw reference that the KDE file manager also uses 1000-based sizes; they had an option to switch to 1024-based but it disappeared with KDE Plasma 5? I'm not opposed to using a different file manager to "get around" this. I was planning to look for a "power user" file manager anyway. But I'll need it to properly register as the default file manager, so if I do something like ask Firefox to "show me" a file that was just downloaded, it will open in that and not the default GNOME file manager. I got VMware Workstation installed so that I can run a Windows VM (which I will probably have to do full-time). I had to do some manual compilation to install some kernel modules that it wanted. Not the slickest experience... And the actual issue that blocked me from proceeding for now. I installed yuzu to play Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and I had no problem getting it up and running, but performance was poop. It did identify and allow me to use the NVIDIA GPU for rendering, but struggled to maintain 20 FPS at 1080p. It's a Switch game so its not that graphically intense, on Windows 4K/60 FPS is not an issue. Do I need to do something to kick the NVIDIA GPU into a higher performance state? 2 Dell Precision 7770 (personal) • Dell Precision 7560 (work) • Full specs in spoiler block below Info posts (Dell) — Dell Precision key posts • Dell driver RSS feeds • Dell Fan Management — override fan behavior Info posts (Windows) — Turbo boost toggle • The problem with Windows 11 • About Windows 10 LTSC Spoiler Dell Precision 7770 (personal) Intel Core i9-12950HX ("Alder Lake"), 8P+8E 8× P cores ("Golden Cove"): 2.3 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading 8× E cores ("Gracemont"): 1.7 GHz base, 3.6 GHz turbo 128GB DDR5-3600 (CAMM) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB (DGFF) Storage: 2TB system drive: Samsung 980 Pro, PCIe4 24TB additional storage: MDRAID, RAID 0 2× 8TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, PCIe4 1× 8TB Inland Performance Plus, PCIe4 Kubuntu 23.04 (KDE Plasma 5.27, Linux kernel 6.2) 17.3" 3940×2160 120 Hz display Intel Wi-Fi AX211 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth) 93Wh battery IR webcam Fingerprint reader Dell Precision 7560 (work) Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake") 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove") 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB Storage: 512GB system drive (Micron 2300) 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4) Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 15.6" 3940×2160 display Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth) 95Wh battery IR webcam Fingerprint reader Previous Dell Precision 7530, 7510, M4800, M6700 Dell Latitude E6520 Dell Inspiron 1720, 5150 Dell Latitude CPi Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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