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danielldaniell 09-22-2012 05:12 AM

Dell Inspiron laptop with Intel and nVidia VGA card - how to use Nvidia
 
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Hi!

I have this kind of laptop: Dell Inspiron N5110 with a nVidia GF108 (GeForce GT 540M) and an integrated Intel VGA controller. By default, Xorg uses the Intel one, as far as I can tell that from the Xorg.0.log. There is no mention about the nVidia card anywhere, except in dmesg, where it seems that the kernel uses that with modesetting. So it seems that I'm using nVidia with console and the Intel for Xorg :-\ ? Is that even sensible or possible? Can I use this card with the nouveau Xorg driver with X?

# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b5)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b5)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev b5)
00:1c.7 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 8 (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM67 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] (rev a1)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation GF108 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
09:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1030 (rev 34)
0b:00.0 USB controller: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller (rev 04)


Xorg.0.log and the nouveau parts from dmesg are attached.


Thanks in advance!

TobiSGD 09-22-2012 05:21 AM

Most likely this is an Optimus laptop, which is currently not supported from Nvidia directly. You have to use the proprietary video driver from Nvidia (which is advisable on a laptop anyways due to deficiencies in power management with the nouveau driver) and install Bumblebee to use the Nvidia chip.

danielldaniell 09-22-2012 05:40 AM

Thanks TobiSGD, I was afraid that this won't work, but with the proprietary driver. I have no intention of using that, so I'll just continue with the Intel one.

Hangdog42 09-22-2012 07:46 AM

I've been using Bumblebee from these slackbuilds. Works very well. Intel is used as the default, and you can use nvidia only when you need it by using the optirun command. And I'm using the proprietary driver.


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