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Old 02-25-11, 11:12 AM   #1
LLStarks
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Default AaronP, can we get GPU switching support *WITHOUT* Optimus support?

I understand Nvidia doesn't want to implement Optimus on Linux, but can we at least have the ability to turn off the Intel GPU and enable the Nvidia GPU?
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Old 02-25-11, 11:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: AaronP, can we get GPU switching support *WITHOUT* Optimus support?

That's impossible, because the nvidia card has no physical outputs. So you can't get around driving the intel card, because the only way to get a picture out is via the intel card.

Optimus is not about switching GPUs.
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Old 02-25-11, 10:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: AaronP, can we get GPU switching support *WITHOUT* Optimus support?

The hard part should be the ability to switch back and forth between the two seamlessly. It should not require much effort on Nvidia's part to create a setting where the Nvidia GPU takes control of the output at boot and keeps it. They just need to patch the kernel to make this decision via a kernel parameter at boot.
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