The PC Hardware Thread

Resurrecting the Hardware thread I inadvertently dust-binned forever.

Post your recommendations, issues, successes and whatever is hardware related here.

The Beast got a new video card; because AL won’t play nice with any of my NVIDIA cards.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 2GB GDDR5 Professional Video Graphics Card
Because one needs a fast card to keep fast system fast.

Next step is to dual boot with AL and compare; just 'cause.

This box has 2 - 12 Core (24 threads) Xeons for 48 threads.

Interesting to see the nvme drive lane is attached to CPU 0. I wonder how the work from CPU 1 gets to the nvme drive.

Here’s a scrot from before:

New business:

I wanted to time how fast builds execute. So I wrote a timer script:

146 seconds to build ArchBang; 2.4 minutes. Anyway, that’s my screenshot for the day.


Anarchy works fine with your Nvidia cards but AL doesn’t?

Correct-a-mundo, Senior. As well as every other Arch-anything I’ve tried.

I select the default Xfce desktop with a few additional packages; GIMP, Geany, Firefox, etc.
During the first second or so of the dmesg scrolling by, I see the video output get scrambled. I can still see it reach the login and wait there. I cannot get a tty to login to see what up.

Did you install Nvidia driver manually after the installation? I think AL installer installs nouveau for Nvidia cards only. (not 100% sure, at least I had to manually install Nvidia drivers for my machines)

So weird. As fas as I know, AL repo doesn’t have anything for Nvidia cards.

There’s something about the bumblebee driver in the installer script.

edit: line 2270

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To be honest, I haven’t done AL installations for some time. Looks like the installer does do something for Nvidia cards. Not sure if @natemaia wants to look into it.

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And full disclosure, a fast pipe helps a lot:

@chroot is mostly correct, we don’t do anything fancy for any video cards unless you specify the tearfree command line flag (-t). A basic driver install is done and that’s all pacman -S xorg-drivers. Perhaps look into what Anarchy is doing Anarchy Installer / installer · GitLab.

Try adding the following to your kernel command line


If there’s really anything AL is providing that you can’t live without on other arch distros that do work you can just tweak a few things or add our repos, not really hard.

Only if you don’t already have all the packages in the cache, I build AL in around 160s but it’s a smaller ISO and I have less threads.

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To be honest, I find the Anarchy Xfce better configured than AL. Little things like: right-click in Thunar for ‘open root Thunar here’.

It was their flagship DE originally.

Perfect then I don’t need to dig into the nvidia issue.

Not for me, no. You have enough on your plate.

edit: plus I bought a new video card, just so I could run AL.

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Yea I hear you, I have a NVIDA card here, but I’m on Debian 11:

 10 Jul 22 @ 13:30:42 ~
   $ gra
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GK208B [GeForce GT 710] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia v: 470.129.06 bus ID: 01:00.0 
           chip ID: 10de:128b 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 compositor: compton driver: loaded: nvidia 
           unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa alternate: nv resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz s-dpi: 95 
           OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GT 710/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.129.06 direct render: Yes 
 10 Jul 22 @ 13:30:47 ~

and it’s MY LAST NVIDIA card - next is an AMD card.

Same with my printer: Brother HL1110 - had to add i386 architecture to my system #$&%
NEVER again: HP LaserJet as soon as …