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Old 12-27-2012, 05:37 AM   #1
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Question device drivers for asus laptop running debian

hello there. i just bought a new asus ultrabook s505cm-xx188h laptop. which has the following configuration.

Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7Ghz (Turbo 2.6Ghz) CPU, 15.6" (1366 x 768) Display, 4GB DDR3, 24GB MSSD + 500GB HDD, Intel HM76 Chipset, 2GB DDR3 nVidia GT635M (Support nVidia 3D Vision), VGA (D-Sub), HDMI, DVD-S Writer, SonicMaster Speakers, Wireless-N, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, 4 Cell 2950mAh Battery, 720p WebCam, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader, Windows 8 64bit.

it had come with windows 8, but i wiped everything and installed debian in it. can someone help me to find and guide me to install the drivers for it. it has a 2gb nvidia dedicated graphic card. i dont even know which drivers are installed and which i need to install. when i did lspci from the terminal, i got the following output.

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 0154 (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 0151 (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 0166 (rev 09)
00:04.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Device 0153 (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Device 1e31 (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Device 1e3a (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Device 1e2d (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device 1e20 (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 1e10 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 1e12 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 1e16 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Device 1e26 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 1e59 (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Device 1e03 (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Device 1e22 (rev 04)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Device 1e24 (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0de3 (rev a1)
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. Device 0032 (rev 01)
04:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 5289 (rev 01)
04:00.2 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 0a)
Old 12-27-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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You have two video cards in that system. This is know as an hybrid setup. I have read threads where the Intel card is disabled in the BIOS, ( may be UEFI if it came with W8 ), and then the Nvidia driver will load.

There is a project know as the Bumblebee Project. The code from this project allows you to use both cards ( one at a time ). The code is still in development, it does work on some systems. If you disable the Intel card, the Nvidia hardware eats the battery faster. So for some this is not a good solution. See this link for for Bumblebee -->

I don't use Debain, there may be packages for Bumblebee. You will have to look into that.

Run a 'lsmod | grep nvidia' and see if there is a driver loaded. Also, running 'lspci -vv' will give you more information on the Nvidia hardware you have. Nvidia provides drivers for almost all of their cards. I'm can't tell from the the lspci what card it is.

Hope this helps.


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