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tombelcher7 03-30-2013 09:35 AM

Dual Display using HDMI on a Nvidia Optimus laptop
Hello LQ community

I have an ASUS N56VM laptop and I have installed the latest Gnome flavour of Ubuntu (12.10)

I have an HDMI TV / Computer Display which I would like to connect as a second display and extend the desktop from the primary display to the second one (much like in Windows 7).

The laptop uses Nvidia Optimus technology and I don't think I have any proprietary nvidia drivers installed as when I installed Nvidia-settings it comes up with an error message saying that the NVidia X conf file is not in use or something to that effect.

Is there anyway to get this working seamlessly as like it is in windows?

camorri 04-01-2013 08:44 AM

You need to install Bumblebee to use the Nvidia Optimus. See this link;


and this link -->

You will have to look into how to configure multiple monitors after you have your Nvidia drivers working.

tombelcher7 04-04-2013 04:25 PM

I have installed Bumblebee and nvidia-common but whenever I try and use nvidia-xconfig it says:

nvidia-xconfig: command not found

How do I install this tool as it is obviously not installed currently.

lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 630M] (rev ff)

camorri 04-04-2013 04:57 PM

Have you installed a driver for your card yet?


nvidia-xconfig: command not found
This would lead me to believe you are missing package(s). I do not run Ubuntu, so I can only suggest you go into Synaptic and look for the drivers and any util-nvidia package(s).

You might get some help from this tutorial.


Read the entire How To before proceeding.

It is also possible to install the driver from Nvidia. They provide complete binary packages for linux for most of their cards. That said, distros like Ubuntu usually discourage this practice.

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