I have no clue what happened here, but it had me pretty worried that I'd have to reinstall solus and that my display was a write off, so I'll just step you through what happened.
Prelude to Issue
- installed solus
- ran eopkg up
- installed usual packages (eopkg log here)
- installed nvidia driver (v 415.27) from Hardware Drivers
- restarted computer
- opened up lollypop and started listening to music
- opened up firefox and vscode
- started installing vscode extensions
- A few hours after clean installing solus
- Simultaneously, display froze and music playing became stuck in a 1-2 sec loop
- Tried pressing ctrl+alt+F1 nothing happened
- waited 30s
- force shutdown computer
- moniter looked similar to this image from the web (below)
- unplugging display cable had no effect, could no access monitor on screen settings
(more specifically, what I had wasn't so much the image above but scrolling lines from the display output)
Upon restarting the monitor looked almost exactly like this (except different looking lines + view sonic)
Nothing like this has every happened with (a) this computer, or (b) this monitor before.
- I checked the integrity of both the iso and the live usb used to install before doing so.
- All I have done so far is literally install software from eopkg, one snap (bitwarden) and then run said software.
- After this happened I got a second monitor out, booted from live usb, and ran fsck, then booted into (non-usb) solus and ran eopkg check (all OK apparently)
- Music was being played from a folder in the windows install also on the disk (C:\Users\<me>\Music)
- I imagine you want logfiles, let me know which ones you want.
The Big Concern
This time, after seemingly being unable to perform a factory reset with the monitor, then leaving it unplugged for a few minutes it seems to work again. However I am genuinely afraid that this may happen again, and next time I may not be so lucky.