I'm trying to install elementary on a brand new HP Envy laptop, with a 10th gen Intel processor and a 1650 Ti GPU.

When booting to the live USB, only half of the display renders properly. The desktop gets squished into half the screen, with the bottom half failing to display. The installation then fails on grub-install.

I've updated the BIOS, re-downloaded the ISO, and re-flashed my USB drive. I've also disabled secure boot. These have not fixed the issue. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • The issue must be related to the graphics drivers (being a brand new computer, the driver support is usually lacking). What's the error message you get when you try to install elementary?
    – Maccer
    Aug 16, 2020 at 10:51
  • I managed to get Pop OS installed, I believe the grub issue was just my mistake with partitioning. The install was successful but I still have that "half screen" problem that appears to be graphics related. I switched to the integrated graphics in place of the GPU, but it still looks the same.
    – Ryan Kugel
    Aug 17, 2020 at 4:07
  • Execute sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall to obtain the latest graphics drivers for your system.
    – Maccer
    Aug 17, 2020 at 17:36
  • I ran that, latest drivers installed, still the same screen problem. Considering the display looks the same when using the NVIDIA chip as when using the CPU's integrated graphics, is it possible my issue is a problem with some display driver rather than GPU driver?
    – Ryan Kugel
    Aug 19, 2020 at 2:30
  • I don't think there's another display driver besides the GPU. You have the same problem with both graphics cards because only one graphic card is hardwired to the display. The other graphics card is offloading work from the first one (to increase performance). You can read a better explanation here . Regarding your card, you may need to install beta drivers. For what I've seen, your card has been added last year so it may take a while to receive good support.
    – Maccer
    Aug 23, 2020 at 18:51

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TRY ubuntu 20.04 and turn on internet while installing ubuntu, it will install all the drivers and best kernel suited to your need

  • No change. Same display issue regardless of distro: Ubuntu, elementary, Pop!, and Manjaro all have this same problem on my machine. Even booting into an Arch USB, only half the screen is used for the terminal.
    – Ryan Kugel
    Sep 1, 2020 at 7:14
  • Try these some solutions might some work most probably nvidia resolution Sep 2, 2020 at 8:37

The live USB still displays with the same "squished screen" problem. However after installing the OS and running all the updates, it displays properly (only using the nouveau driver).

I then installed the latest proprietary NVIDIA driver (nvidia-video-460) which also displays properly, without the "squished" screen.

I also installed Linux Mint MATE 20.1 which displays correctly before updating any software. I'm not sure whether an update to kernel or the nouveau driver was responsible for fixing this mess.

Note that there's still some driver issues with this laptop. The screen "flickers" or "glitches" about every minute, or more often. While this can be annoying, it's at least now useable.

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