Drakeo would you mind elaborating? Yours is one of the only assessments that this will be easy I've read. For the Optimus counter point:
- From AaronP / NVIDIA Corporation
We have no plans to support Optimus on Linux at this time.
- Dave Airlie at RedHat
Optimus is a whole different story, I assume it'll still have a _DSM method to turn on/off the GPU, but there is no output mux to switch, so there is no way without a major rearchitecture of the X.org and DRI stacks we can support optimus anytime soon.
Are you simply pointing out that by accepting a reboot to switch the "Optimus problem" goes away and we've got proprietary drivers for this chipset
It looks like you've pasted in driver info from the Nvidia driver search site
Product Type: Quadro
Product Series: Quadro NVS Series (Notebooks)
Product: NVS 3100M
I'm under the impression these drivers simply make the card work, but do not address switching. Have I misunderstood your point / the drivers?
As I said in the OP I'm willing to reboot / accept Optimus behavior isn't coming anytime soon. I've read reports that say when used as two independent graphics systems - only one of which is enabled at a time with switching done in the bios - each individual card will work.
This leaves me with two questions:
- What sort of configuration would have to be changed in my distro to go from a system that on one boot found it was running integrated Intel graphics and on the next found it had discrete Nvidia graphics requiring proprietary drivers?
- What can be done to simplify / automate this config switching?