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Integrated and Passive GPU

Postby aeternal on Tue May 03, 2011 12:05 pm

Few time ago I heard about some problems but I didn't care that much. Since I'm going to buy a notebook soon, right now I start caring :P

The question is simple, the notebook will have an integrated GPU (the one you can find into Sandy Bridge, it's called h3000 as far as I know) and also a dedicated GPU (nVidia). As far as I know there are not physical switches, therefore I guess that the dedicated one starts computing when the integrated one is not enough.
So, few time ago I heard that there were some problems because you couldn't stop one of the two and they were both running. And as you may imagine, battery goes down down down :)

Do you know the current situation? I won't play games in Linux, however I may watch a full HD movie, therefore even the dedicated GPU may be needed. Is it possible to change between them in Mint?
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Re: Integrated and Passive GPU

Postby linmint777 on Tue May 03, 2011 2:28 pm

in the bios should have an option to disable one or the other
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Re: Integrated and Passive GPU

Postby aeternal on Tue May 03, 2011 2:34 pm

However in case I need both they are actually supported? So if I never need both I may change the BIOS settings, but if I don't change them the passive GPU will start only when the integrated can't handle the needs (like it should) or this feature isn't still working in Mint/Debian ?
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Re: Integrated and Passive GPU

Postby linmint777 on Wed May 04, 2011 12:57 am

Not depend on the distro.Most laptops have compatibility problems with acpi and hardware in all linux world, is rare to see one of them 100% compatible.
Because of this, it has created a compatibility list, see:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport ... s/Netbooks
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