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#1 2013-04-17 10:15:29

xoration
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Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

Hello,

I installed Arch on my Latitude E6430 which has a discrete nvidia card in it. To use optimus I installed the nvidia 319.12 beta drivers from AUR.
My problem is now that the Xorg.log doesn't show any errors as far as I can see but the display stays black after using "startx".

At first I installed the regular nvidia drivers as mentioned in the tutorial and tried startx but it had the same error (display stays black).
As I thought it is optimus related I installed the latest driver but same m.o.

I created the /etc/xorg.conf with nvidia-settings and then adjusted it as it was mentioned in the readme from nvidia in for 319.12 driver, same with the xinitrc.
Apart from that its a freshly installed Arch.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank you.

Xorg.log: http://pastebin.com/FRCkbR2s
xorg.conf: http://pastebin.com/UTvDzrU2

~/.xinitrc
xrandr --setprovideroutputsource modesetting NVIDIA-0
xrandr --auto

Last edited by xoration (2013-04-17 11:48:18)

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#2 2013-04-17 11:45:05

brebs
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Re: Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

Wrong file. Correct:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf

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#3 2013-04-17 11:48:10

xoration
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Re: Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

ehm no thats correct it is xorg.conf
I just wrote it incorrectly in the post. I did correct it now.

I managed now to get a picture.

With "Xorg -configure" I create a new xorg.conf and I adjusted it a bit to add the nvidia driver etc.
My config is now http://pastebin.com/uZvVXfuB

But now it only uses the intel GPU.
When starting the X, I get the message that xrandr can't find the NVIDIA-0 provider.
xrandr --listprovider also only shows the Intel GPU it seems.

So there seems to still be some error.

Any ideas?

Last edited by xoration (2013-04-17 12:07:20)

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#4 2013-04-17 15:54:32

TheFlyingFrenchman
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Registered: 2013-02-23
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Re: Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

Hi,
Optimus is not supported by the nvidia driver, neither by the nouveau driver. There are two cases, either you need the graphic card or not:

- If you need it, then you must install Bumblebee which is available in the official repo now. See official Bumblebee page here and Archwiki page here.

- If you do not need the graphic card there are two possibilities: either your laptop has a physical switch or a bios switch to disable the graphic card or it has not.
    * If you have such a switch, then disable the graphic card and uninstall the nvidia driver (do not forget to install the intel driver for the integrated graphics to work).
    * If you do not have such a switch (most common) then you need to install bbswitch => see Bumblebee project mentioned above.

Enjoy reading the excellent Archwiki (which usually makes things work if read carefully)!

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#5 2013-04-17 16:34:16

hadrons123
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Re: Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

@ThefluingFrenchman
Well things have changed in the last 1 week. Nvidia supports optimus in linux with 319.12 beta.
The details are not clear for people to start screwing their laptops with it.

Last edited by hadrons123 (2013-04-17 16:39:44)


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#6 2013-04-18 05:43:41

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Re: Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

For optimus support with the beta driver you need kernel 3.9 according to this: http://h-online.com/-1838415

Also note the limitations when it comes to what features it supports.

Last edited by Mr.Elendig (2013-04-18 05:45:15)


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#7 2013-04-18 14:28:18

TheFlyingFrenchman
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Re: Laptop with nvidia driver 319.12Beta display stays black

hadrons123 wrote:

@ThefluingFrenchman
Well things have changed in the last 1 week. Nvidia supports optimus in linux with 319.12 beta.
The details are not clear for people to start screwing their laptops with it.

My mistake then...
But as the thing doesn't seem as straightforward as it should be I think Bumblebee still is a good (temporary) solution.

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