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    Experience with nVidia Optimus 319.12 Beta Drivers

    Heya All,

    I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the new proprietary drivers from nVidia, that support their Optimus Technology in Linux. I'm thinking of installing them when I have a day off, but I've heard that there may be issues (one of which requires the user to have kernel 3.9 or later, or you get a blank screen), and don't want to potentially trash my system. I wouldn't risk this since I have functional BumbleBee drivers, but they seem to hardly take advantage of the hardware.

    What should an individual know before installing them? Is the performance good, or is it just energy saving drivers? Do I have to know which GPU (Intel or nVidia) is handling the laptop's monitor, and if so, how do I find that out?

    Thanks for the information.

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    Re: Experience with nVidia Optimus 319.12 Beta Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhemat View Post
    Heya All,

    I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the new proprietary drivers from nVidia, that support their Optimus Technology in Linux. I'm thinking of installing them when I have a day off, but I've heard that there may be issues (one of which requires the user to have kernel 3.9 or later, or you get a blank screen), and don't want to potentially trash my system. I wouldn't risk this since I have functional BumbleBee drivers, but they seem to hardly take advantage of the hardware.

    What should an individual know before installing them? Is the performance good, or is it just energy saving drivers? Do I have to know which GPU (Intel or nVidia) is handling the laptop's monitor, and if so, how do I find that out?

    Thanks for the information.
    Currently simply installing any nvidia driver (including 319) for me under raring causes X to core, and throw warnings in the Xorg log
    5.118] (EE) Failed to initialize GLX extension (Compatible NVIDIA X driver not found)

    I like you had optimus working great in 12.10. In fact I had optimus/primus under raring working great up until the GA release.

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    Re: Experience with nVidia Optimus 319.12 Beta Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhemat View Post
    Heya All,
    I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the new proprietary drivers from nVidia, that support their Optimus Technology in Linux.
    Optimus technology is not supported, there is no power saving by switching from integrated to discrete GPU. The 319 driver allows running the whole desktop on the Nvidia GPU, also on muxless machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhemat View Post
    I'm thinking of installing them when I have a day off, but I've heard that there may be issues (one of which requires the user to have kernel 3.9 or later, or you get a blank screen), and don't want to potentially trash my system. I wouldn't risk this since I have functional BumbleBee drivers,..
    I strongly recommend to create an extra partition for this, if you want to test.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhemat View Post
    ..but they seem to hardly take advantage of the hardware.
    Yep, the loss due to bumblebee's 2nd X-Server copying frames around is tremendous. Nvidia 319 is round about 3 times faster than bumblebee.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhemat View Post
    What should an individual know before installing them? Is the performance good, or is it just energy saving drivers? Do I have to know which GPU (Intel or nVidia) is handling the laptop's monitor, and if so, how do I find that out?
    Eventually you have to check your Nvidia GPU's PCI device id and edit the xorg.conf. As mentioned, it is much faster than bumblebee, if you are a gamer, check it out. Battery life decreases, nviia GPU always on. There is a little tearing, maybe matters for videos. In our german wiki we already have an article about 319/optimus. Not so hard to understand/translate I guess.

    greetz, puschel
    Last edited by pogopuschel; May 9th, 2013 at 02:16 PM. Reason: added battery life

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    Re: Experience with nVidia Optimus 319.12 Beta Drivers

    A quick sidenote: 319.17 has been released...
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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