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  1. #11
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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    That's weird. If you manually download the deb file, then copy it into a new directory, then do:

    ar x *.deb

    then

    tar xzf data.tar.gz

    then go to the place where the nvidia-*.tar.gz file is

    then

    tar xzf nvidia-*.tar.gz

    then go to the place with the code, and run:

    make

    what is the result of the make command?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcjank View Post
    The deb didn't work for me.
    Here's the last few lines from it:

    depmod....

    DKMS: install completed.
    FATAL: Module rt73 not found.
    dpkg: error processiong nvidia-g210m-acpi-source (--install):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    nvidia-g210m-acpi-source


    Also, I'm pretty new to linux and have always had trouble getting make to work.
    I made a directory with asus_nvidia.c and Makefile, with the code copied and pasted from above. When I cd to the directory and run make, all I get is:
    make: Nothing to be done for `default'.
    Should I modify the make file? I'm not sure what the code in it does.

    Can someone help me out? I'd love to get this nvidia card turned off until they have good drivers.

    Thanks,
    Marc

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    Quote Originally Posted by marcjank View Post
    The deb didn't work for me.
    Here's the last few lines from it:

    depmod....

    DKMS: install completed.
    FATAL: Module rt73 not found.
    dpkg: error processiong nvidia-g210m-acpi-source (--install):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    nvidia-g210m-acpi-source


    Also, I'm pretty new to linux and have always had trouble getting make to work.
    I made a directory with asus_nvidia.c and Makefile, with the code copied and pasted from above. When I cd to the directory and run make, all I get is:
    make: Nothing to be done for `default'.
    Should I modify the make file? I'm not sure what the code in it does.

    Can someone help me out? I'd love to get this nvidia card turned off until they have good drivers.

    Thanks,
    Marc

    I'm having the same problem with the make command here. What are we doing wrong? Any help for a linux newbie would be great, would love the get the battery lasting longer in Ubuntu with this laptop.

    I have the UL50Vt, in case that ends up being an issue.

  3. #13
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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    I can't get this to work, when I try make it says "make: Nothing to be done for `default'."

    I also tried the deb but no luck, I get:

    >>
    DKMS: install Completed.
    FATAL: Module rt73 not found.
    dpkg: error processing nvidia-g210m-acpi-source (--configure):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    nvidia-g210m-acpi-source
    >>

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    From terminal:

    marc@marc-laptop:~/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree$ make
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.31-17-generic/build M=/home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-17-generic'
    CC [M] /home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree/nvidia_g210m_acpi.o
    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST 1 modules
    CC /home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree/nvidia_g210m_acpi.mod.o
    LD [M] /home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree/nvidia_g210m_acpi.ko
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-17-generic'
    marc@marc-laptop:~/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree$

    Well how about that. Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by avilella View Post
    That's weird. If you manually download the deb file, then copy it into a new directory, then do:

    ar x *.deb

    then

    tar xzf data.tar.gz

    then go to the place where the nvidia-*.tar.gz file is

    then

    tar xzf nvidia-*.tar.gz

    then go to the place with the code, and run:

    make

    what is the result of the make command?

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    After a successful make, I ran (as root):

    cp nvidia_g210m_acpi /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/
    depmod

    modprobe nvidia_g210m_acpi

    echo nvidia_g210m_acpi >>/etc/modules


    I saw an immediate jump in battery life from <4hrs to 5 hours and 45 minutes on the UL50VT.

    When they do get hybrid SLI nvidia drivers, I should be able to re-enable my video card by just removing nvidia_g210m_acpi from /etc/modules and restarting, correct? Or would I want to run a modprobe -r nvidia_g210m_acpi?

    I suppose it'd be good to retain the ability to turn off the card for a while.

    Thanks again for the help.
    I hope all the other ASUS fans get this working as well.

    Marc

    Quote Originally Posted by marcjank View Post
    From terminal:

    marc@marc-laptop:~/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree$ make
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.31-17-generic/build M=/home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-17-generic'
    CC [M] /home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree/nvidia_g210m_acpi.o
    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST 1 modules
    CC /home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree/nvidia_g210m_acpi.mod.o
    LD [M] /home/marc/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree/nvidia_g210m_acpi.ko
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-17-generic'
    marc@marc-laptop:~/Documents/usr/src/dkms_source_tree$

    Well how about that. Thank you.

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    I've noticed that the video card turns back on whenever I come back from a suspend/hibernate.

    Has anybody else noticed this?

    Marc

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    I posted that I couldn't get the same results as Marc, but figured out I can't have a space in any of my folder names, once I took that out I got the same results.
    Last edited by Anjrew; January 22nd, 2010 at 08:45 AM.

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    Quote Originally Posted by marcjank View Post
    I've noticed that the video card turns back on whenever I come back from a suspend/hibernate.

    Has anybody else noticed this?

    Marc
    From what it seems, the deb file code is the code before the suspend part was added. Really I'm just hoping someone can explain me through the original instructions with getting the "nothing to be done for 'default' " error. It seems that would solve our suspend problem with it.

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    I have the exact same problem with the .deb I even tried installing the rt73 stuff, but still no good.

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    Re: Switch on/off nvidia card Asus UL30Vt, UL50V, UL80V laptops

    Ok I tried a bit harder. The original code in the first post doesn't build for me, it gives me a nothing to be done for default ...

    I managed to build and install successfully by opening the deb file in archive manager and extracting the makefile and nvidia_g210m_acpi.c from there, make make install and modprobe worked after that.

    Hope this helps.

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