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NVIDIA fix up a Vulkan problem with the v510.54 driver release

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NVIDIA decided Linux gamers need a little love on Valentines Day so they put up a small driver release for you.

In comparison to previous drivers, it's not going to make any big headlines. There's no big new features, no new Vulkan extensions or performance improvements. Instead, there's quite an essential bug fix included.

The single change noted in the 510.54 driver release is "Fixed a bug that could cause GPU exceptions when minimizing a fullscreen Vulkan application on certain desktops, such as Plasma.". So if you found Vulkan games and applications causing you some major fuss on Linux with KDE Plasma (as just one example), perhaps this new driver is exactly what you're looking for.

NVIDIA only put up version 510.47.03 about two weeks ago, which gave us Vulkan 1.3 support. That built on top of a previous Beta version, so it was actually quite a big release overall anyway adding new extension support and biggies like Vulkan Dynamic Rendering.

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Corben 14 Feb
The nvidia 510 driver series seems to come along nicely. E.g. for VR. So I heard it should make async reprojection more stable, but first time I tried it wth Elite: Dangerous it locked up my system so hard, I had to pull the power plug
But indeed, as soon as I disabled esync for Elite (via PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 %command%) it was rock solid for about 3 hours. I was even able to play ED in VR High settings and experienced quite a smooth session. Just as before, desktop windows I bring into the VR space via xrdesktop are a bit jumpy, but I can live with that.
As long as the head tracking is now smooth and stable. And it was yesterday, I can't express how happy I was to have a stable session over several hours :D

PS: also disable MangoHud, at least the way I use MangoHud for vsync it seems to make ED crash in the intro scene already. So my command is
DISABLE_MANGOHUD=1 PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 %command%


Last edited by Corben on 14 February 2022 at 3:37 pm UTC
Xpander 14 Feb
I kept hearing that some people had issues with freezes etc after alt+tab and i wondered why i never seen those. Well that explains. Anyway updated my drivers to this version also just in case it fixes some other random bugs :D
Rob-Retro 14 Feb
I still play Dying Light Linux Native a lot and for some reason both the 495 and 510 drivers don't work as in nothing but a black screen with an off centre white box is all you see, so i still have to run 470 driver to play DL.
ShabbyX 14 Feb
Quoting: Rob-RetroI still play Dying Light Linux Native a lot and for some reason both the 495 and 510 drivers don't work as in nothing but a black screen with an off centre white box is all you see, so i still have to run 470 driver to play DL.

Report the bug to nvidia?

Chances are it's a game bug though, like relying on undefined behavior that's simply changed in new versions. Simultaneously report a bug with the dev.
SirBubbles 15 Feb
Quoting: Rob-RetroI still play Dying Light Linux Native a lot and for some reason both the 495 and 510 drivers don't work as in nothing but a black screen with an off centre white box is all you see, so i still have to run 470 driver to play DL.
Even if it is a game bug, it's likely exacerbated by something weird that nvidia's doing. Wouldn't be the first time.
Is dying light via Proton possible? Run the windows version?
Rob-Retro 15 Feb
At ShabbyX and SirBubbles, I do think it's the Game and not the Driver as it was the only Game i played that had this problem, And yes DL will work with Proton, or it did the last time i tried it, It's just i find the Native Linux version much better/smoother, i mean on Linux the FPS go from 60 to 160+, on Proton it was all over the place and as low as 30+ FPS, also micro freezing every 5 or 6 seconds, but as i said it was a while back i used proton, back when the game had a bug on Linux, when you did a drop kill/jump kill it would crash the Game.

Maybe i'll have to test again with Proton and update my Driver to 510 and see what happens, Anyway Thanks.

UPDATE:

It's better with Proton but still has micro stuttering every 15 to 20 seconds, runs at 60+ FPS but just does not feel right, Also Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island Riptide Definitive Edition have the same problem, but not surprised as it's using the same engine as Dying Light, So gone back to Driver 470 as i have zero problems with this Driver on all Games i play.

UPDATE AGAIN: Runs fine on Proton now with kernel 5.17 and latest Nvidia 510.xx Driver for me, Micro stuttering seems to have completely gone and runs smooth, but still have a few times frame rate drops to around 48fps, but still very playable.


Last edited by Rob-Retro on 7 May 2022 at 9:23 pm UTC
666edy 27 Apr
Quoting: Rob-RetroI still play Dying Light Linux Native a lot and for some reason both the 495 and 510 drivers don't work as in nothing but a black screen with an off centre white box is all you see, so i still have to run 470 driver to play DL.

Maybe this i found today can help you.

Using compatibility layer Steam Linux Runtime and this comand : __GL_IGNORE_GLSL_EXT_REQS=1 %command%
I can play Dying Light and Dead Island Riptide DE with ubuntu 20.04LTS and Nvidia 510.60.02
Thankt to this steam post for this command : https://steamcommunity.com/app/239140/discussions/0/3178980819224664810/
browren 5 May
[quote=666edy]
Quoting: Rob-RetroMaybe this i found today can help you.

Can confirm that this fix works on 22.04 with 510.60 also! Thanks a bunch for the tip!!!
Rob-Retro 7 May
Quoting: 666edy
Quoting: Rob-RetroI still play Dying Light Linux Native a lot and for some reason both the 495 and 510 drivers don't work as in nothing but a black screen with an off centre white box is all you see, so i still have to run 470 driver to play DL.

Maybe this i found today can help you.

Using compatibility layer Steam Linux Runtime and this comand : __GL_IGNORE_GLSL_EXT_REQS=1 %command%
I can play Dying Light and Dead Island Riptide DE with ubuntu 20.04LTS and Nvidia 510.60.02
Thankt to this steam post for this command : https://steamcommunity.com/app/239140/discussions/0/3178980819224664810/

Nice, and at some point i will test this out, but at the moment World War Z is all I'm playing
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