video card for new computer

robert robert at
Mon Dec 18 07:40:35 UTC 2017

I am actually writing this on a Del XPS-15 (with 4k touch screen) which 
I did install some time ago using an usb stick.

It uses Ubuntu 17.10 ( I had an older version before).

Everything works reasonably well.

The only thing that is a bit annoying is the fact, that from time to 
time it does not wake correctly when opening the lid.

But it happens not *that* often.


On 17.12.2017 14:08, Peter Flynn wrote:
> On 17/12/17 00:05, Jared Norris wrote:
>> So it has been a while since anyone spoke to the actual question 
>> posed - does anyone have anything useful for the OP?
> I would STRONGLY recommend test-booting any potential system using a 
> USB distribution before you buy. This will almost certainly reveal any 
> problems.
>> In my experience Nvidia cards perform well in Ubuntu using the 
>> proprietary drivers, with the caveat that they don't support them 
>> forever so you might find yourself on a legacy driver which means it 
>> will still work, but without some of the bells and whistles.
> I have been searching for a Linux distribution which will install and 
> boot on a Dell XPS 15 SSD. Almost all of them — including, I am sorry 
> to say, *all* *ubuntu variants — fail completely even to boot from 
> USB, as they hang halfway with the logo spinning/throbbing/whatever 
> (Ubuntu hangs at the fourth dot changing colour), and it does not 
> provide a compatibility mode or terminal-only install.
> The only two which actually boot from USB (and then only in 
> compatibility mode) are Bodhi and Mint. Both of these install, but 
> when you reboot, Bodhi gives a black screen and blinking cursor 
> because it failed to install Grub. Mint Cinnamon was the only 
> distribution which both installed the system, installed Grub, *and* 
> updated the video drivers.
> I'm happy with that, but I would have been happier with *ubuntu. 
> Omitting a compatibility-mode and terminal-mode installer was A Bad 
> Idea IMNSHO.
> ///Peter

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