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2 Graphics built in?

Postby gordon24186 » 2017-01-23 19:20

On my laptop (that I am using) I needed a windows partition for school, and Linux for all other times of the day. Now one thing I discovered is that Windows has 2 graphics detected, an intel HD graphics and an Nvidia High performance graphics. I thought it only had the Intel, but after updates, I see an Nvidia control panel, and it has options to switch between the integrated HD or the Nvidia High end graphics. The question I have is is that would it be worth efforts to make the Nvidia to work (which I know how) or just use the Intel one. I also have to beg the question of what would Linux offer to need me to warrant high end graphics. Don't get me wrong, the graphics worked right out of the box (intel of course), but would it be worth trying to get the NVidia to work and what would I need to do maybe use both? or is it a one or the other kinda thing. Hope I'm not sounding confusing on my question.
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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby Segfault » 2017-01-23 19:24

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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby stevepusser » 2017-01-23 20:09

Most users and applications will be just fine using the power-saving Intel driver, and you set up Bumblebee per the Debian wiki so you can have demanding applications use the Nvidia GPU.

First thing is to see if your Intel GPU is working correctly; try installing inxi and giving us the output of
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inxi -G


in a code box. Newer hardware will require the use of a kernel and other packages from jessie-backports to get working.

Inxi offers an easy way to see if Bumblebee switching is working after setup, too, just with

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optirun inxi -G
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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby gordon24186 » 2017-01-24 05:21

Graphics: Card-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
Card-2: NVIDIA GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M/820M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M]
Display Server: X.org 1.16.4 drivers: nouveau,intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root
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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby gordon24186 » 2017-01-24 05:45

# optirun inxi -G
Graphics: Card-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
Card-2: NVIDIA GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M/820M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M]
Display Server: X.org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root


I'm having to install the nvidia drivers, so see how this goes. Hopefully I can still use the intel drivers.
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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby gordon24186 » 2017-01-24 06:06

When I installed bumblebee, it said I needed to enable nvidia in xorg, how do I go about that? I got half of my question is answered in the link, so I'm not installing the proprietary. Just gotta figure this out.
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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby stevepusser » 2017-01-24 14:48

Please read the wiki entry for Bumblebee. You do not set up any Nvidia xorg.conf file. Bumblebee has one already in a special directory.
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Re: 2 Graphics built in?

Postby gordon24186 » 2017-01-24 17:14

So, when I installed bumblebee, it should be going? Cause I also added my username to the group
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