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

    What kind of batery life do you get with the Nvidia card enabled? I'm getting 4+ hours with it disabled.

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

    about the same, a bit more than 4 hours.

    however, i have a workaround idea: what do you think about installing lxde version of debian on an sd card?

    i'm thinking about using ubuntu & nvidia as my default system, and booting sd card only when you need more than 4 hours of battery life.

    how much do you think sd card (instead of hard drive), GMA45, and lxde (instead of gnome) would improve battery life?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by dakilla View Post
    Works fine on 10.04.
    i just got my g210m to work on ubuntu 9.10 on a asus ul30vt.
    checking the status on 10.04. will be back with a simple howto soon.

    UPDATE:

    to get the nvidia card to work you have to do this:

    this is how you get g210m to work on ubuntu 9.10 / 10.04.

    1. download and install nvidia drivers. (i have only tested the ones in the repos)

    2. make sure you got an Xorg.conf that is correct. ( if not, run nvidia-xconfig )

    3. reboot into bios (press delete while booting)

    4. change the SATA option in the bios from enhanced to compatibility. ( yea, this makes sense? NOT! )

    5. boot into linux and smile!

    Confirmed working on my UL80VT.

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

    I want to use the X4500MHD and HDMI output, is that something anyone tried?
    Maybe it works if I use that 'hack' to activate the discrete graphics, but I don't want to use it. I just want to stick with the Intel graphics. Is this even possible?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by dakilla View Post
    Works fine on 10.04.
    i just got my g210m to work on ubuntu 9.10 on a asus ul30vt.
    checking the status on 10.04. will be back with a simple howto soon.

    UPDATE:

    to get the nvidia card to work you have to do this:

    this is how you get g210m to work on ubuntu 9.10 / 10.04.

    1. download and install nvidia drivers. (i have only tested the ones in the repos)

    2. make sure you got an Xorg.conf that is correct. ( if not, run nvidia-xconfig )

    3. reboot into bios (press delete while booting)

    4. change the SATA option in the bios from enhanced to compatibility. ( yea, this makes sense? NOT! )

    5. boot into linux and smile!
    So.. i just installed ubuntu on my UL80VT,first time using linux.

    In step 1. when its said to install nvidia drivers from repos,how can i do that exactly?
    I'm guessing i need to find the correct driver with synaptic, right?

    - Before this post i tried "system > administrator > hardware drivers" this will result in black screen on boot.

    thanks
    Last edited by sokekoke; June 11th, 2010 at 09:54 AM.

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

    In step 1. when its said to install nvidia drivers from repos,how can i do that exactly?
    I'm guessing i need to find the correct driver with synaptic, right?

    - Before this post i tried "system > administrator > hardware drivers" this will result in black screen on boot.
    Installing the Nvidia driver via the hardware drivers menu is the correct method. It's vital that you reboot and press F2 (not Delete) to enter the BIOS and select: Advanced > IDE Configuration > SATA Operation Mode. Change the configuration from "Enhanced" to "Compatible." Press F10 to save and exit.

    Keep in mind that booting under "Compatible" mode degrades the I/O performance of the hard drive. This means your system will be slower at boot up and also slower to resume from suspend (20-30 seconds). On the positive, running the Nvidia driver/card seems to shut off the Intel card which helps improve battery performance. You can confirm this by opening a terminal and entering:

    Code:
    lspci |grep VGA
    I've yet to get the brightness keys working under the Nvidia driver - has anyone managed to fix this? My workaround for now is to add the Brightness Applet to the panel - here's a link to the instructions if you're interested.

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

    Hi all,

    Im a bit new on deep comand line configuration.. so.. questions:
    First:

    After installing nvidia drivers (from System>Administration>Hardware Drivers) I got the big blank screen.

    How can i revert this ? first time i just reinstall the hole system, since it was a fresh install it didnt bother.. but i rather not do that now.. so, if someone could tell me that.. much thanks.

    Second:
    Quote Originally Posted by avilella View Post
    There is now a new package that doesn't have the weird rt73 dependency:

    http://launchpadlibrarian.net/384580...karmic_all.deb

    Install and then run the following line to switch off:

    sudo modprobe asus_nvidia
    Can someone confirm this is working for Ubuntu 10.04 64bits ??

    Third:

    Also about 10.04 64bits, has anyone tried "Dakilla" solution on 10.04 64bits system ?

    Thanks in advance guys,
    and great work btw.. awesome you got it running on some systems.
    AMD Phenon X6 1090T/8gb 1333/1tb/radeon 5670/ ubuntu 11.04
    ASUS UL30VT-A1 win7 / ubuntu 11.04 / Fedora 15
    Ubuntu Server 10.04 on old laptop (headless lol)
    Linux User #: 525691

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

    Im running lucid 64 bit on my new ul30vt, but when i use the:

    sudo modprobe nvidia_g210m_acpi

    i get a blank screen. Does this just not work on 64 bit??

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

    Quote Originally Posted by manco1911 View Post
    Second:

    Can someone confirm this is working for Ubuntu 10.04 64bits ??
    It does, I updated the deb-package according to http://www.mail-archive.com/asus-ul3.../msg00104.html so suspend/resume is supported. Maybe it is supported in the package you point to?

    Quote Originally Posted by manco1911 View Post
    Third:

    Also about 10.04 64bits, has anyone tried "Dakilla" solution on 10.04 64bits system ?
    I tried it and it works on ubuntu lucid 64-bit, but I reinstalled and haven't used it since, as I don't need the nvidia card as long as there is no support for hotswitching (yet).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by hojgaard View Post
    Im running lucid 64 bit on my new ul30vt, but when i use the:

    sudo modprobe nvidia_g210m_acpi

    i get a blank screen. Does this just not work on 64 bit??
    I'm also on a ul30vt 64-bit ubuntu lucid, and it works here. Strange . Are you sure you're not using the nvidia card?

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