This time I had to do a fresh install. I went to the Driver Manager and installed Nvidia drivers. But no Nvidia icon showed up in the taskbar! I can see Nvidia X Server Settings in the menu - but I'm not sure if and how may I switch between the two CPUs:
I wonder what am I using now? Am I constantly using NVidia GPU? I would suppose I'm using constantly using Intel integrated graphic because of inxi output below.
But I learned this is likely not the case. To check this I installed TrackMania Nations Forever through Wine, which I remember, was running (reasonably) well on highest graphics settings on Nvidia GPU but not on Intel integrated graphics. Reasoning I'm likely using Intel, I expected failure... but no failure. The game was running on highest graphics settings as good as it used to.
Am I to reason that this GUI to switch between Nvidia GPU and Intel GPU was abandoned because the new Nvidia drivers do this automatically depending what app I am running (like on WIndows?) If so, where can I found the relevant per-app rules? If not, how to reconcile inxi output with the fact that the game was running well?
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m@m-X555LJ ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: m-X555LJ Kernel: 4.4.0-124-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Machine: System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: X555LJ v: 1.0 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X555LJ v: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends v: X555LJ.504 date: 08/04/2015 CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-5200U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 8787 clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 2338 MHz 2: 2360 MHz 3: 2354 MHz 4: 2352 MHz Graphics: Card-1: Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0 Card-2: NVIDIA GK208M [GeForce 920M] bus-ID: 04:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell GT2) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Card-2 Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-124-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 4000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (2.0% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LM030 size: 500.1GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 230G used: 9.1G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0 ID-2: /boot size: 462M used: 115M (27%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 44.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2500 Info: Processes: 190 Uptime: 1:11 Memory: 1216.8/3853.9MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35