I’m trying to install EOS on an old PC that I’ve previously been using as an HTPC. It’s been working perfectly well with an old Nvidia card (GT 9600) that kind of worked but it was too old to get drivers working properly for hardware acceleration so it would decode on the CPU rather than the GPU. Today I got an Nvidia GT 1030, put it in and booted from a Ventoy flash drive with the option to use Nvidia drivers. This GPU is supported by the newer drivers. Everything looked perfectly normal until I clicked on the installer, then ‘Online’.
The enormous installer displays: “The screen is too small to display the installer.”
It’s worth noting that this is on a 46 inch TV running at 1920x1080. So… Not small.
I had the R2 ISO on the Ventoy flash drive. I went to see if there was an updated ISO in case it was a known bug that had been fixed, there was - R3. I downloaded that and booted from it. The same problem occurred.
My first thought was that it was a Calamares - not an EndeavourOS problem - problem so I went looking there. I found one or two people mentioning netbooks with their limited resolutions but this obviously doesn’t apply to me.
Then I decided to see if any other software has any similar problems. When I went into the launcher and Development->Qt (anything) the problem occurs.
The short version is: Anything Qt based will display with comically enormous proportions when the Nvidia option is selected at boot.
I then rebooted and selected the normal option (without Nvidia drivers) and everything looked as it should be: The installer was sized correctly and all Qt applications were in their correct proportions.
But I want the Nvidia drivers as I know for a fact that this card works fantastically well for hardware decoding of anything I throw at it, like 4K HEVC. I know this because I’ve already been using the exact same card in a different computer for the past three years. This is also on Linux, albeit Manjaro mainly, but also EOS. However, these are VMs running on a server whereas I’m trying to get this working on bare metal. Plus, the card is passive, so it’s completely silent.
This should have been a five minute installation and another five to set up the rest. But I can’t even install the OS at all.
eos-log-tool.logs (Nvidia option)
eos-log-tool.logs (Normal non-Nvidia option)
Notice how the Nvidia log says:
Available desktop QSize(640, 349) minimum size QSize(800, 520)
… Proposed window size: 800 520
requirement 6 “screen” satisfied? false mandatory? false
Screenshots of the attempted Nvidia install with shots of Qt applications to show the problem. I also include Firefox to show it’s unaffected: