Originally Posted by Gusar
No, Optimus is not about switching GPUs. It's about having the integrated GPU being on all the time handling the easy tasks, and the discrete GPU activating itself only for heavy duty apps while the integrated GPU still runs.
Some notebooks, in addition to Optimus, provide a hardware mux to switch to the discrete card. They're usually high-end (read: expensive) models though.
And on what does it depend if i can get the discrete GPU to work for me on Linux ? The BIOS is very minimalistic and offers no options whatsoever.
Talk about the hardware wiring and stuff is way out of my league.
Just would like to use this laptop with full power [compiz/visual effects] under Linux.
Where / how can i find this out ?