First of all, I am a Linux rookie and I have an interesting question I would say, so please bear with me.. I have a laptop which has both Intel HD 4000 and Nvidia GT 630M 1GB for GPU (Optimus technology) and currently the latest Mint edition installed on my system.
As far as I am concerned, Bumblebee is the best and perhaps the only option for me. That's why, I installed it.
So, two questions:
1) One way to use your nvidia is to type optirun vlc in your terminal and watch your movie in this way. But, what about if you want to constantly open the vlc player with the nvidia running by default? I thought to change the command itself from the menu. Does that work? I guess it would work for sure if you open the vlc player from the menu. By the way, correct me if I am wrong. But... let's suppose the default video player for .mkv files is VLC Player. If I directly open the movie, vlc will be used to open my movie. Will nvidia start working in that case too?
2) And that's why my second question correlates to my above one. Is there any way to know for sure if my nvidia is working at a particular moment? For example, in Windows (in which you have the best available drivers installed) there is an icon to the notification bar that alerts you when your nvidia card is in use. I do not expect any similar functionality in any case, but is there any command I can use to find out if my nvidia is in use while vlc is open?
Thanks in advance!