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Thread: Old pc with integrated graphics card crashes randomly

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    Old pc with integrated graphics card crashes randomly

    Hi, I’ve installed Ubuntu 16.04 on an old pc and I get random crashes with the screen that turns colorful with zigzag patterns similar to this https://i.stack.imgur.com/3hoSc.jpg

    I have switched to nvidia proprietary 304 drivers using software and update panel but that didn’t help much cause i experienced a crash after only a few minutes.
    Is there anything else that can be done other that changing hardware?
    Thanks

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    Re: Old pc with integrated graphics card crashes randomly

    Hello utonto2,

    I'm using an old desktop computer with integrated nvidia graphics - NVIDIA C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430] and I'm unable to install nvidia proprietary drivers.

    I'd recommend using Lubuntu 18.04 which works for me OOTB with the open source drivers.


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    Re: Old pc with integrated graphics card crashes randomly

    You don't say exactly what GPU you are using, but note that Nvidia chipsets from the Geforce 8000-9000 era are suspect, and when they go bad, they give symptoms like the one you describe.

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    Re: Old pc with integrated graphics card crashes randomly

    unless you use the system for gaming you can get a newer chip (e.g. nvidia 210) for about 41 EUR (maybe even less in US).

    but then again you get a whole computer - raspberry Pi for 35 EUR or something, so it makes you wonder...
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