This morning, Leap 42.2 offered to update lots of software components. Last update before today had been on Friday.
I am not sure what all it did. What I see on the surface is:
(1) The KDE Plasma desktop looks awful now; typefaces have been enlarged a lot, texts are exceeding their boxes and so on.
(2) It seems to have switched to an nvidia graphics driver. I had the nouveau driver before, and it was working fine. I didn’t ask the system to do so!!! My reason for sticking to the nouveau driver had been (i) my graphics card is quite old (cf. below), and I don’t know exactly which nvidia driver to pick, and (ii) it had been working nicely under Linux Mint, too.
(3) It installed a new Kernel, 4.4.62
(4) After the update ran through without errors, a reboot was asked for. Sure, new Kernel. When I hit the “Reboot” button, the system threw an error message stating a crash of the kde-system-greeter (don’t remember its name exactly). “shutdown -h now” in the terminal seems to have an orderly shutdown at this point. At restart, a message like “repository not available” showed up. But it did reboot; however, at this point the messed-up Plasma showed its ugly face.
Here’s the system as of now:
inxi -Fxzdw Resuming in non X mode: xdpyinfo not found. For package install advice run: inxi --recommends System: Host: susy422-et.suse Kernel: 4.4.62-18.6-default x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.5) Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.6 (Qt 5.6.1) Distro: openSUSE Leap 42.2 Machine: Device: laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP EliteBook 8560w v: A0001C02 Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 1631 v: KBC Version 01.3F UEFI: Hewlett-Packard v: 68SVD Ver. F.61 date: 05/25/2016 Battery BAT0: charge: 39.0 Wh 100.0% condition: 39.0/39.0 Wh (100%) model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: Full CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-2540M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10376 clock speeds: max: 3300 MHz 1: 806 MHz 2: 1041 MHz 3: 811 MHz 4: 808 MHz Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF108GLM [Quadro 1000M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.org 1.18.3 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,nv,vesa,nouveau) Resolution: 77x37 Audio: Card-1 NVIDIA GF108 High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1 Card-2 Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: ALSA v: k4.4.62-18.6-default Network: Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 5020 bus-ID: 00:19.0 IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 25:00.0 IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (30.4% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_850 size: 500.1GB Optical-1: /dev/cdc-wdm0 model: N/A rev: N/A dev-links: N/A Features: speed: N/A multisession: N/A audio: N/A dvd: N/A rw: none state: N/A Optical-2: /dev/cdc-wdm1 model: N/A rev: N/A dev-links: N/A Features: speed: N/A multisession: N/A audio: N/A dvd: N/A rw: none state: N/A Optical-3: /dev/sr0 model: hp CDDVDW TS-L633R rev: 0400 dev-links: cdrom,cdrw,dvd,dvdrw Features: speed: 24x multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running Partition: ID-1: / size: 126G used: 16G (13%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 ID-2: swap-1 size: 20.14GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda6 Sensors: None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured? Weather: Conditions: 45 F (7 C) - light rain Wind: From the NNE at 6 MPH Time: May 2, 1:05 PM CEST (Europe/Berlin) Info: Processes: 174 Uptime: 0:14 Memory: 1075.5/15992.5MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.8.5 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.3.8
Please, I want my system back to look as nice as before!!! The previous Leap 42.2 settings right after fresh install had been very nice.
My lines of thought for that:
(a) Going back to the nouveau graphics driver - please, how would I do that? And how to adjust settings if any?
(b) If going with an nvidia driver, which one to pick for my graphics card Quadro 1000M? Cf. above.
(c) Would I have to readjust the Plasma appearance? How would I do that?
Please, can you folks help me out. And sorry for probably not being precise enough in many respects here.