Mint cinnamon and Nvidia drivers?
<This is the problem, see the first post for the work-around>
I have both Mint LMDE and Mint LTS installed. Both produced a normal desktop with cinnamon, however, thermal control was non-existant and the fans were noisy. Since I've run nvidia drivers many times before, I installed them on Mint LTS. After that, the bottom menu bar disappeared. Haven't found anyway to bring it back...yet. I had used the distro recommended driver which installed directly from hardware options. I also tried the latest driver which was downloaded from the nvidia site. Also no bottom menu bar.
Thinking this was just a Mint LTS issue (it's based on Ubuntu), I checked my Mint LMDE install, It had the "free" drivers installed and the cinnamon desktop environment was normal. However, it too had an overly loud fan. Since it is based on Debian, I thought the outcome might be different, so I installed the nvidia driver there, but once again the bottom menu bar disappeared. But, hey, my fans were now quiet and well behaved!
So this seems to be a bug or miscommunication between the nvidia driver and the cinnamon desktop. I've asked on the Mint forums but no solution yet. Also no real work-arounds either. Either this is a bug, or maybe there is a work-around that someone here knows about. Any ideas?
P.S. I know the nvidia drivers are "proprietary" and the linux folks can't cope with fixing things on their side, so they prefer users stick with the "free" nouveau drivers, but as I said they just don't work as well. On Nvidia's side of things they can't easily cope with every linux desktop environment out there as there are a lot of them, but Mint is a fairly major distro and cinnamon is desktop environment that most users prefer, sooo....
Last edited by feffer777; 05-27-13 at 06:22 PM.
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