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Old 07-13-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Intel / nvidia driver problem


I'm running Fedora 17 on an ASUS K53S laptop, that has an "optimus" setup, and cannot get it to work. For the time being, I would be happy even with just the intel chip, but I keep getting "no screens found" errors at boot time (but no meaningful WW warnings in the /var/log/Xorg.0.log), leaving me in (hi-res) console mode.

The output of lspci:
- VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
- VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 1058 (rev ff) (prog-if ff)

I have disabled the nouveau driver (lsmod | grep nouveau is blank), and installed bumblee & bbswitch, so:
$ lsmod | grep bbswitch
bbswitch               13396  0
$ systemctl status bumblebeed.service =>
bumblebeed.service - Bumblebee C Daemon
  Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/bumblebeed.service; enabled)
  Active: active (running) since Sat, 14 Jul 2012 01:28:59 +0200; 14min ago
I have downloaded the akmod-nvidia driver, and modified the bumblebee configuration files according to this guide.

I also experimented a lot with different xorg.conf files (using intel or nvidia drivers, defining modelines), with no success.

I am using Kernel 3.4.4-5, and also tried the same with 3.3.4-5, as well, because some threads said that bumblebee/bbswitch work better on the that one.

Any ideas?

Old 07-14-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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Those dkm setups usually require you to reboot your machine ... do that if you have not already.

Have you tried manually installing the nvidia driver?

Down load it, chmod 775 it, telinit 3, log in as root, execute the NVIDIA script you just downloaded, reboot:

su - 
chmod 775
telinit 3
(NOTE: answer yes to the question about fixing your xorg.conf file)
shutdown -r now
I suspect you'll probably have to ignore that other intel video card on your system.
Old 07-16-2012, 04:12 AM   #3
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tonyfreeman, thank you for your reply.

I have tried three kinds of nvidia drivers:
- the one from the nvidia site, just like you said
- the precompiled kmod-nvidia package
- and the akmod-nvidia (source) package

None of it worked so far (with or without bumblebee), I didn't even get to the GDM.

Since then I have reinstalled Fedora, and now I have a working system with the i915/nouveau combo, but of course I can't use the nvidia GPU this way. I guess I'll just use it this way for the time being, and maybe give the nvidia driver another shot when I have the time...



nvidia, xorg.conf

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