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    Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    I'm running an ASUS all in one computer right now, and Ubuntu doesn't seem to want to recognize the graphic's card.

    Here's the output of glxinfo:
    Code:
    pavella@patrick:~$ glxinfo
    name of display: :0.0
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig
    
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Here's the info from xorg.conf
    Code:
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier     "Monitor0"
        VendorName     "Unknown"
        ModelName      "Unknown"
        HorizSync       28.0 - 33.0
        VertRefresh     43.0 - 72.0
        Option         "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier     "Device0"
        Driver         "nvidia"
        VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier     "Screen0"
        Device         "Device0"
        Monitor        "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection     "Display"
            Depth       24
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    I had to uninstall the (spelling?)nouvex driver before the NVidia driver would show up in the additional driver's dialog, but ubuntu doesn't seem to want to use it.

    Does anyone have any help or ideas? I don't "Need" the nvidia card, but it sure would make the days at the office a lot nicer!

    Thank you so much in advance.
    http://patrickavella.com -> blah blah blah blog

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    I have Asus N53SV with same video card. I installed Bumblebee from PPA and got 3D working. Im not sure tho if it is using my nVidia card tho.
    Last edited by lamb123; April 26th, 2012 at 08:30 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    Hi skelooth.

    Could you post the result of these commands?
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep -i vga
    
    sudo lshw -C display
    
    lsmod | grep -i nvidia
    
    apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    
    grep -i glx /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    Regards.

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    Quote Originally Posted by papibe View Post
    Hi skelooth.

    Could you post the result of these commands?
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep -i vga
    
    sudo lshw -C display
    
    lsmod | grep -i nvidia
    
    apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    
    grep -i glx /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    Regards.

    Code:
    pavella@patrick:~$ lspci -nn | grep -i vga
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0102] (rev 09)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] [10de:0df4] (rev a1)
    Code:
    pavella@patrick:~$ sudo lshw -C display
    [sudo] password for pavella: 
      *-display               
           description: VGA compatible controller
           product: GF108 [GeForce GT 540M]
           vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
           version: a1
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
           configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
           resources: irq:16 memory:fa000000-faffffff memory:d0000000-d7ffffff memory:d8000000-d9ffffff ioport:e000(size=128) memory:fb000000-fb07ffff
      *-display
           description: VGA compatible controller
           product: 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 2
           bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
           version: 09
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
           configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
           resources: irq:58 memory:fb400000-fb7fffff memory:c0000000-cfffffff ioport:f000(size=64)
    Code:
    pavella@patrick:~$ lsmod | grep -i nvidia
    nvidia              12319264  0
    Code:
    pavella@patrick:~$ apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    nvidia-current:
      Installed: 295.40-0ubuntu1
      Candidate: 295.40-0ubuntu1
      Version table:
     *** 295.40-0ubuntu1 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/restricted amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         295.33-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1 0
            500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
    Code:
    pavella@patrick:~$ grep -i glx /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    [    13.306] (II) LoadModule: "glx"
    [    13.306] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules/libglx.so
    [    13.311] (II) Module glx: vendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
    [    13.311] (II) NVIDIA GLX Module  295.40  Thu Apr  5 21:57:38 PDT 2012
    [    13.311] (II) Loading extension GLX
    [    14.117] (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)
    Does that help?

    To the poster who mentioned bumble bee, I googled it and I'm not exactly sure what it is. I don't see it in the synaptic/apt repo, what's PPA?

    Thanks friends!
    http://patrickavella.com -> blah blah blah blog

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    I ran Ubuntu on my laptop with 540M and used propietary driver and it worked fine as it does still with Debian.

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    Question about the bumblebee thing. It says I need to use "optirun" to make things use the nvidia card... but that sucks, how can I get compiz et al working with bumble bee?

    I might try the proprietary drivers.
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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    You have an special configuration.

    Your have Nvidia Optimus. Which is a kind of new graphic architecture and it's just starting to be supported on Linux. Despite that fact, there are a couple of projects in progress that have some success to support it.

    I would advice you to start reading a couple of useful threads. This one to understand what it is (but a pessimist). And this other one (from post #7), with a more practical approach.

    There are laptops that can either disable it, or simplify things by turning off the Nvidia card. Check your BIOS if you have any of those options.

    I hope that helps,
    Regards.

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    Thank you much.

    For posterity: I installed the proprietary NVIDIA driver from the NVIDIA website, and my pc slowed to a crawl and ultimately crashed until I put my xorg.conf back.

    Going to check bios now.

    Quote Originally Posted by papibe View Post
    You have an special configuration.

    Your have Nvidia Optimus. Which is a kind of new graphic architecture and it's just starting to be supported on Linux. Despite that fact, there are a couple of projects in progress that have some success to support it.

    I would advice you to start reading a couple of useful threads. This one to understand what it is (but a pessimist). And this other one (from post #7), with a more practical approach.

    There are laptops that can either disable it, or simplify things by turning off the Nvidia card. Check your BIOS if you have any of those options.

    I hope that helps,
    Regards.
    http://patrickavella.com -> blah blah blah blog

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    I think I'm going backwards here :3

    Is there a way to get Ubuntu to just use the Intel card portion of the system to use compiz then? Compiz has a few usability features/shortcuts that I'm really missing, particularly zooming.
    http://patrickavella.com -> blah blah blah blog

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to see/use my Nvidia 540m

    You have to remove the nvidia proprietary driver before the intel GPU's 3D will work correctly...

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