Fractional Scaling settings don’t apply

System

Hardware: Razer Blade Stealth 13"
GPU: GeForce MX150
OS: Ubuntu 20.04

Requires

Time: 10 minutes
sudo/root: Privileged commands
GPU: Nvidia

Problem

Fractional scaling doesn’t work with proprietary Nvidia drivers. Any setting will result in 200% increase.

This is a known bug with the current stable Nvidia drivers. Hopefully we’ll see some resolution soon but in the mean time we can fix this easily by updating our drivers.

Changing your PRIME Profile to On-Demand is a temporarily fix but you’ll need to update drivers to fix Performance Mode.

Performance Mode is necessary for automating dedicated and onboard GPU switching which is a critical for optimal laptop performance. When On-Demand is enabled the onboard GPU will be used by default requiring the dedicated GPU to be chosen before launching an application.


Solution

Enable the fresh upstream PPA and install the latest recommend drivers.

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These are fresh upstream drivers similar to the Game Ready Drivers found on Windows.

Step 1

Add the development PPA. This repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt update

Step 2

Instruct Ubuntu to install the latest recommended drivers.

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Step 3

Reboot to make sure all changes apply.

sudo reboot

Optional

Check your driver version to confirm the latest drivers have been installed correctly.

dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia-driver
nvidia-driver
Output similar to this ↑

Wrap Up

If everything went as expected not only will you’re drivers be current but fractional scaling should be fixed!

1 comment

  1. I found this helpful (same problem on Ubuntu 20.04 with a different laptop). Thanks for sharing!

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