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Old 14th May 2012, 04:55 PM
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nvidia card not used

I have a Thinkpad T500 which has an NVidia card NVS 4200M. I was using Fedora 16 till saturday and had nouveau installed on it. No issues.

I moved to F17 and still have nouveau as the driver to hadle the NVidia card. It looks like my laptop is not using the Nvidia card at all. I have attempted to use the nvidia driver without much success. All the more, I would prefer to use the nouveau driver anyway instead of Nvidia driver. (I do not play any games anyway ...).

lspci output
Code:
lspci | grep -i vga
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 1057 (rev a1)
lsmod output

Code:
lsmod | grep nouveau
nouveau               785691  0 
mxm_wmi                12823  1 nouveau
wmi                    18697  2 mxm_wmi,nouveau
video                  18980  2 nouveau,i915
drm_kms_helper         40409  2 nouveau,i915
ttm                    79709  1 nouveau
drm                   241920  8 ttm,drm_kms_helper,nouveau,i915
i2c_core               38028  7 drm,drm_kms_helper,nouveau,i2c_algo_bit,i915,i2c_i801,videodev
Any help in getting nouveau and my nvidia card to work would be appreciated.
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Old 14th May 2012, 07:18 PM
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Re: nvidia card not used

Hi nonamedotc, from what i can see you have two graphical units. I can only assume you have so called "hybrid switchable graphics" set ups on your laptop. is it so? If it is, please check your bios for which gpu is used by default. Some laptops have hw switches, but they not work usually without windows drivers....so check the bios.
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Old 14th May 2012, 07:29 PM
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Re: nvidia card not used

You are so right! I don't know what I was thinking! I never checked BIOS setup. It was setup to NVidia Optimus with the message that it should be used only with windows 7.

I changed it to Discrete graphics and now everything is working fine! Thanks a lot! I will mark this solved.
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Old 14th May 2012, 07:31 PM
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Re: nvidia card not used

u r welcome, glad you resolved your issue.
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