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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    I just want to contribute some links.

    When I get around to installing and playing with settings, I'll let you know what happens. I'm using a Thinkpad W530 with K1000M. I expect that I'll have the same results as ineedtosleep and kripkenstein.


    See the list of supported devices here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

    Quadro cards are listed but Quadro K (Kepler) cards are not listed for version 295.71 released 2012.08.07 for Linux 64-bit.


    See a table of Quadro M cards here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_11761.html

    Screenshot below shows the "Quadro Mobile Product Comparison". Notice that all cards with "K" are listed as "(New!)".




    The K1000M and K2000M cards are listed for beta NVIDIA drivers with versions 304.22, 304.30, and 304.32. See here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us

    I haven't tried installing the beta drivers.
    Last edited by kalmos; August 7th, 2012 at 04:50 PM. Reason: added link to beta nvidia drivers

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Bumblebee works "almost" fine for me on my W530. It allows me to run CUDA codes on the GPU using optirun.

    Nevertheless, I still have problems with external monitors and my graphic card is not seen as a K2000M but a Q2100M (detected device when I launch optirun with a CUDA sample code fluidsGL => CUDA device [Quadro 2100M].)

    For the multi-screen/external desktop, you can get information there http://sagark.org/optimal-ubuntu-graphics-setup-for-thinkpads/ and there http://sagark.org/thinkdisp-about-installation/ . I hope this helps.

    Kid

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Any updates?

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    K1000M on a Thinkpad W530 works perfectly for me in Ubuntu 12.04 and Fedora 17. Set to discrete graphics in BIOS, install the driver and good to go.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    I followed the instructions here: http://sagark.org/optimal-ubuntu-gra...for-thinkpads/

    bumblebee and the thinkdisp widget seem to work ok most of the time. I can use an external monitor and turn it on/off with the widget controls.

    It is not perfect, I've noticed three problems:

    1. When I resume after locking screen or suspending, the external monitor refuses to be detected. A restart fixes the problem.

    2. When I fullscreen a flash video like youtube or vimeo the video is enlarged and stretched so that half of the video is fullscreen on one monitor but the other monitor is not displaying the video.

    3. The external monitor automatically turns off after not moving my mouse for some period. The caffeine widget does not keep the monitor from turning off, I must move the mouse.


    I think I would prefer to do what krismatth3 did and just set graphics to discrete in the BIOS and call it done.
    Last edited by kalmos; August 28th, 2012 at 03:56 PM.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    I have switched to discrete graphics (only gpu) in the BIOS. External display works perfectly!!!

    But when i launch glxspheres, I have 60 fps.

    With bumblebee, optirun glxspheres is running at +/- 200 fps.

    Do you have the same problem/issue?

    Optirun is supposed to force the system to use GPU. As I set the discrete graphics BIOS option, everything is supposed to be done on the GPU... So, in both case, evrything goes through the GPU but I have 40% of the performances when I use the discrete BIOS option.

    weird...

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    I am now on discrete in the BIOS and using newer nvidia drivers (304.43) from https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat...ive/x-updates/ that support K1000M. External monitor works perfectly as far as I'm concerned.

    Code:
    $ apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    nvidia-current:
      Installed: 304.43-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1
      Candidate: 304.43-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1
      Version table:
     *** 304.43-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1 0
            500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         295.40-0ubuntu1.1 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/restricted amd64 Packages
            500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/restricted amd64 Packages
         295.40-0ubuntu1 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/restricted amd64 Packages
    I also get 60fps on glxspheres, but that doesn't matter to me. Performance seems to be great in any app I've tried. Haven't tried 3D games.

    Code:
    $ glxspheres
    Polygons in scene: 62464
    Visual ID of window: 0x27
    Context is Direct
    OpenGL Renderer: Quadro K1000M/PCIe/SSE2
    58.311433 frames/sec - 65.075559 Mpixels/sec

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    from here https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project...bee/issues/243,

    You can get better perf by disabling vertical sync in the nvidia settings gui ( uncheck sync to vblank option under OpenGL settings). But this causes sync glitch (horizontal lines appears in the OpenGl window).

    KiD

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    But since your display is not refreshing at more than 60hz, greater than 60 fps is completely pointless.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    This may also be covered elsewhere but I thought I'd add this. I also have a new Lenovo Thinkpad W530. Installed Ubuntu 12.10 Secure Remix over a Windows 7 installation and created a dual boot configuration. No problems, boots every time.

    I upgraded the memory to 16gb and it hangs on boot, sometimes with part of an [OK] boot message showing. Apparently a video problem, and similar to some of the problems people have seen on the Thinkpad with Nvidia using external monitors.

    I tried adding acpi=noirq to the boot command line which worked sometimes (but is not recommended due to various performance issues).

    Finally I added rootdelay=2 to the boot command line (using Grub customizer http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...3#post10340183 )

    Now it boots every time (and solves my problem). I only mention this here because there seems to be an initialization timing issue and the rootdelay (which we often use on embedded systems to allow multithreaded initialization of storage devices used for the root filesystem) seems to work around it. Waiting an extra 2 seconds on the rare occasions when I need to reboot is a perfectly acceptable workaround for me.

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