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by Bryanpwo

If your Nvidia card isn’t supported anymore by the proprietary nvidia driver, you can use the open-source driver provided by Linux.

Most of the time, you can use the nouveau driver provided by the package xf86-video-nouveau, but on older GPU’s it is most likely this package will cause tearing and bad performance, so it is better to use the modesetting driver shipped by default in the Linux kernel. To enable it, you just have to uninstall the unneeded package and change the following configuration.

sudo pacman -R xf86-video-nouveau

sudo nano /etc/kernel/cmdline

Add nouveau to the line as an additional option.

Save it with [CTRL+X]

To add the option to initramfs image, run: sudo reinstall-kernels (if using systemd-boot)

For Grub use sudo dracut-rebuild

Reboot and your system is running with nouveau modesetting driver.

In some cases, the video quality has a delay or glitches, especially with DRM encoded videos on services as Netflix for example.

In that case, try to install the nouveau-fw package (AUR) – after install reboot the system.


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