I've installed Solus - fantastic OS, and I'd like to use it as a daily driver.
I have a Dell Inspiron laptop 7559 (i7), with combined nVidia and Intel graphics cards. Here is the strange behaviour I'm seeing from Solus:
After a fresh install, and no updates installed and not updating the nVidia hardware drivers, graphics are fine. Vertical scrolling in apps (e.g. Firefox, Chrome) is smooth and stable. But the system CANNOT shut down - Reboot and Shutdown freeze the system. Same occurs if I run from the terminal (tried different shutdown commands), with root privileges etc.
If I update the system with the desktop software manager after the install, and install the nVidia hardware drivers via the desktop app, Reboot and Shutdown work fine. However, graphics are buggy, vertical scrolling in apps (e.g. Firefox, Chrome) is laggy and choppy.
So the OS won't allow me to have both normal graphics, AND the ability to reboot/shutdown at the same time!
I know there are issues with nVidia drivers, and I believe by default the install uses nouveau, which results in smoother graphics for me. But when I revert back to nouveau, I have problem 1. above - can't shut down.
I've tried all the usual suggestions on this board and elsewhere online, including nouveau.modeset=0 kernel param, and toggling layers.acceleration.force-enabled in browsers. Makes no difference.
The laptop multi-boots windows 10 and Kubuntu 17.10 and they run perfectly. I know the nvidia drivers have caused similar issues in my Kubuntu install, but since I've removed them Kubuntu is smooth and shuts down as required.
Any suggestions would be appreciated, because I'd like to be able to recommend this brilliant OS...
(graphics card info from - lshw -c video on working Kubuntu install)
description: 3D controller
product: GM107M [GeForce GTX 960M]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
width: 64 bits
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
resources: memory:de000000-deffffff memory:c0000000-cfffffff memory:d0000000-d1ffffff ioport:e000(size=128) memory:df000000-df07ffff
description: VGA compatible controller
product: HD Graphics 530
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
width: 64 bits
capabilities: pciexpress msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
resources: irq:318 memory:dd000000-ddffffff memory:b0000000-bfffffff ioport:f000(size=64) memory:c0000-dffff