Optimus vga on notebook

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Tue Aug 14 21:16:02 UTC 2012

On Mon, 13 Aug 2012, Polytropon wrote:

> On Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:10:57 +0430, Ashkan Rahmani wrote:
>> Hello
>> I have asus j52k core i5 notebook. its graphic card is optimus nvidia 310m.
>> i'm using debian on it and work great. now I need to install freebsd 9.
>> every things are great but vga.
>> pciinfo shows my vga card is nvidia and company is Intel corp.
>> vga resolution is not correct. it is 1024*768.
>> xorg -configure and manual editing xorg.conf not work.
>> ports/x11 driver / nvidial driver not work too.
>> even as my last try i tried Intel driver and not work.
>> i load nvidia module and linux module,
> The nVidia GeForce 310m should be supported. Have you tried
> the x11/nvidia-driver?

The problem with "Optimus" is that it has both Intel video and a 
third-party graphics adapter.  There may be a BIOS option to disable one 
of the two; otherwise, these do not work with FreeBSD as far as I know.

One option in that case would be to run FreeBSD in a VM.

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