View Full Version : [ubuntu] Intel and Nvidia drivers not playing nice

October 26th, 2010, 04:58 AM
I have a Gateway ID49C running Ubuntu 10.10 with a Intel card for power saving and a Nvidia card for performance. I installed the Nvidia drivers and rebooted to find a CLI, I checked /etc/X11 and found a xorg.conf which I found strange since I thought it had been depreciated. I then renamed it and rebooted to find my self back in a GUI. I immediately ran Nvidia X Server Settings which informed me that I was not using the nvidia driver. I tried nvidia-xconfig and dkpg-reconfigure xserver-xorg with the same effect.

How can I make it use the Nvidia card preferably with the ability to switch back to the Intel card in battery conservation situations.

February 7th, 2011, 05:08 PM
I use the same model and have had exactly the same problems for almost half a year.

I know that Optimus technology does not support Linux. (I'm really sad.)
But I am just wondering whether or not there is a way to enable the GPU instead of the IGP without Optimus technology.

I would appreciate any information on it.

February 7th, 2011, 11:52 PM
It depends on whether your BIOS allows you to switch off the IGP. You're at the mercy of Gateway BIOS designers (and you have my deepest sympathies).

February 9th, 2011, 03:17 AM

Thank you for your reply and sympathies.

Unfortunately, it seems that the BIOS of ID49C does NOT allow users to switch GPUs even though I keep it the latest one.

May Gateway engineers be benevolent to Linux users!