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NVIDIA Optimus/Bumblebee support Fedora

asked 2016-03-19 22:37:14 -0500

darknish gravatar image

So, I'd like to ask if any of you guys have succeeded in setting up/installing graphics drivers for a hybrid notebook, that uses the Optimus technology and, technically, would have to use Bumblebee support for it. Everytime I try to install Bumblebee and then, some driver, my drivers cease to work and I get a black screen and then I have to reinstall Fedora. I don't know what to do :p since I have tried to follow some guides/tutorial, but they all seem to fail and not work. Has anyone here succeeded in doing it and has a tutorial/guide for me to follow with a better chance of success? I've got Intel Internal Graphics and a NVIDIA Geforce 840M on the same notebook, and I'd like to have the 840 work, but I don't know how to test it (have tried some methods but can't remember them again right now) to see if it is working and handling the graphic stuff and I can't just install a graphic driver for it have it work, 'cause if I just do this, I get the black screen. Thanks!

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answered 2016-05-09 11:00:41 -0500

utkarsh009 gravatar image

updated 2017-02-12 07:44:24 -0500

It's working for me too.
Have a look at my blog:

Edit 1: Here's a sequel to the original post. Sequel

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answered 2016-03-20 07:53:09 -0500

fcomida gravatar image

Have a look here:

It's working well here with Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller and NVIDIA Corporation GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M/810M/820M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M]

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answered 2016-03-21 17:25:43 -0500

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updated 2016-10-16 15:45:30 -0500

The official driver also supports 'Optimus'(don't support disable GPU). Please see the following URL.

NVIDIA 364.12 support Wayland/Mir, KMS, PRIME(Optiomus)

1.Install akmod-nvidia, require rpmfusion repo

  $ sudo dnf install akmod-nvidia

2.edit xorg.conf

$ sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Module"
    Load "modesetting"     # /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/

Section "Device"
    Identifier "nvidia"
    Driver "nvidia"
    BusID "<BusID for NVIDIA device here>"    # lspci | grep -E "VGA|3D"
    Option "AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration"

3.For the GDM(GNOME3) display manager create a new .desktop file

$ sudo vim /usr/share/gdm/greeter/autostart/display_setup.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Display setup
Exec=sh -c "xrandr --setprovideroutputsource modesetting NVIDIA-0; xrandr --auto"
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Not original poster, but the arch link you gave says that the oficial nvidia driver doesn't give gpu switching, which is usefull to save battery on a laptop and is the point of optimus.

EDIT: but you say the new driver does, ok

HoboPrimate gravatar imageHoboPrimate ( 2016-03-23 13:35:44 -0500 )edit

The official nvidia driver don't support disable GPU. :-(

The NVIDIA driver currently only supports the Source Output capability. It does not support render offload and cannot be used as an output sink.

mosquito gravatar imagemosquito ( 2016-10-16 15:41:12 -0500 )edit

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