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    Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    I'm trying to get the nvidia driver for the quadro k1000m to run, and have had no luck with any of the other threads. Help would be greatly appreciated.

    Its an optimus setup, with the default X running on the intel graphics. I've added some command outputs at the bottom for context.

    I have no xorg.conf at the moment, as the nvidia-xconfig file gives me an error referring me to the syslog, which only has the following entries about nvidia:

    Code:
    nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
    nvidia 0000:01:00.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0
    nvidia 0000:01:00.0: power state changed by ACPI to D0
    nvidia 0000:01:00.0: enabling device (0004 -> 0007)
    nvidia 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    nvidia 0000:01:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    ---
    Code:
    $ lsmod|grep nvidia
    nvidia              10888310  0
    --
    Code:
    # grep -r nvidia_current /etc
    /etc/alternatives/x86_64-linux-gnu_nvidia_modconf:alias nvidia nvidia_current
    /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf:alias nvidia nvidia_current
    --
    Code:
    # find / -name nvidia.ko
    /var/lib/dkms/nvidia-current/302.17/build/nvidia.ko
    /lib/modules/3.2.0-25-generic/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia/nvidia.ko
    --
    Code:
    # find / -name nvidia_current.ko
    /var/lib/dkms/nvidia-current/302.17/3.2.0-25-generic/x86_64/module/nvidia_current.ko
    /lib/modules/3.2.0-25-generic/updates/dkms/nvidia_current.ko
    --
    Code:
    # lshw -short -class display
    H/W path           Device      Class          Description
    =========================================================
    /0/100/1/0                     display        NVIDIA Corporation
    /0/100/2                       display        Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller
    --
    Code:
    # lspci -vnn | grep '\''[030[02]\]'
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:0ffc] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    --
    Code:
    # cat /etc/modprobe.d/disable-nouveau.conf
    blacklist nouveau
    options nouveau modeset=0
    --
    Code:
    # uname -a
    Linux snip 3.2.0-25-generic #40-Ubuntu SMP Wed May 23 20:30:51 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    --
    Code:
    # xrandr
    Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1600 x 900, maximum 8192 x 8192
    LVDS1 connected 1600x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 193mm
       1600x900       60.2*+   50.0  
       1440x900       59.9  
       1360x768       59.8     60.0  
       1152x864       60.0  
       1024x768       60.0  
       800x600        60.3     56.2  
       640x480        59.9  
    VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    Last edited by Belrog; June 20th, 2012 at 11:06 PM. Reason: code tags

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Don't know if you tried it yet by optimus requires the bumblebee driver set. here's a link to the ubuntu bumblebee page

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee
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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Quote Originally Posted by kc1di View Post
    Don't know if you tried it yet by optimus requires the bumblebee driver set. here's a link to the ubuntu bumblebee page

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee
    I'm trying to just get the nvidia working before I throw in the optimus side of things, unless I'm unable to get to the nvidia unless I go through optimus?

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Disclaimer: I'm still waiting for my T430 so this is not personal experience.

    But from what I have read, if you want to use the NVIDIA card without Bumblebee, you normally need to explicitly select it as the sole graphics device in the BIOS setup. If you don't, the system will use the included graphics and ignore the NVIDIA card.

    Which leads me to wonder, are you sure the live USB system actually uses the NVIDIA card? EDIT: I mixed up that part with a different thread.
    Last edited by JanneM; June 21st, 2012 at 05:58 AM. Reason: fix mistake.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Yes, you need Bumblebee if you want to use the NVIDIA hardware unless your BIOS lets you disable the Intel adapter.

    Please let us know how you do with this. I'm looking at this laptop, too.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    The last time I checked, Bumblebee wasn't working with Kepler-based nvidia cards yet. You should completely remove the nvidia driver and just use the Intel one for now.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Quote Originally Posted by Temüjin View Post
    The last time I checked, Bumblebee wasn't working with Kepler-based nvidia cards yet. You should completely remove the nvidia driver and just use the Intel one for now.
    I ran across this page on the Linux Laptop Wiki that says you can set the video to "Discrete" in the BIOS to get the NVIDIA card to work. Supposedly, then, you don't need Bumblebee.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_H View Post
    I ran across this page on the Linux Laptop Wiki that says you can set the video to "Discrete" in the BIOS to get the NVIDIA card to work. Supposedly, then, you don't need Bumblebee.
    That's nice. A lot of systems don't have a BIOS switch.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    I just tested a new W530 with Ubuntu 12.04. Sadly the NVidia GPU is not detected, even with it set up in the BIOS - all it sees is a low-res unaccelerated VGA-compatible driver. This is maybe not that surprising as NVidia's website does not list the K1000M as being supported by their linux drivers.

    Switching to the Intel graphics in the BIOS works, they are detected and run properly. But of course performance is not on par with what the NVidia GPU could provide.

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    Re: Thinkpad W530 nvidia

    Quote Originally Posted by kripkenstein View Post
    I just tested a new W530 with Ubuntu 12.04. Sadly the NVidia GPU is not detected, even with it set up in the BIOS - all it sees is a low-res unaccelerated VGA-compatible driver. This is maybe not that surprising as NVidia's website does not list the K1000M as being supported by their linux drivers.<br />
    <br />
    Switching to the Intel graphics in the BIOS works, they are detected and run properly. But of course performance is not on par with what the NVidia GPU could provide.
    I can also confirm this. For now it seems that the K1000M/2000M series of GPUs are too new, but the good news is that the Bumblebee installation is pretty painless and work well on my K2000M. The only major issue I have now is just the fact that I can't use multiple monitors just yet (since the external ports, including the ones on the ThinkPad docks, are all handled by the GPU). Never had a workflow to include workspace, but it seems like now's the time to adjust.

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