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i just bought a new laptop, Asus UL80vt which has GraphiX Boost switch which enables me to switch from NVidia G210M Graphics to Intel GMA 4500MHD and vice versa.
The problem is that this switch only works on Windows (it comes with Windows 7 pre-installed), but i have removed them and use only Slackware 13.0 on this new laptop. I would like to enable NVidia rather than using Intel GMA.
Finally I managed to make it work, thanks to all the help i got.
So to resume everything that one must to make the nvidia drivers work for Linux 8.10 on a Studio XPS 13:
1.Exit the GUI, type: "Ctrl+Alt+F1"
( to return press Ctrl+Alt+F7)
2. $ sudo killall x
(to stop the GUI)
3. $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-180 modaliases
(this will download the driver from internet, and since I'm not sure how to connect with wifi, use ethernet)
4. $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-180
(this will install the driver, just enter y when it is asked)
5. When the install is finished:
$ sudo nvidia-xconfig
(there will be an error, doesn't matter)
Type in the same command again
(this time it will work)
6. $ sudo reboot
(restarts the computer)
7.At this point it will give the error, 'no screens'
enter your username and password then:
$ sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(this will edit the xserver configuration page)
8.Go down to "Section Device"
And add a the very end the line:
(remember this is for the studio xps 13)
9.Quit the editor with:
10. reboot the computer once more and tadaaa, it works
I spent such a time to make this work, I was very happy when it finally worked, thanks alot for the help from everybody.
P.S If this doesn't work just reboot the computer choose the restricted partition, and just do do "Repair X"
*Remember* this is from a ubuntu forum, so please adapt accordingly.