[ltp] Thinkpad W520, nouveau and external monitors

Marco Vittorini Orgeas linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:16:37 +0100

On 2/17/2012 2:54 PM, Marco Vittorini Orgeas wrote:
> On 2/17/2012 2:34 PM, Micha wrote:
>> I have the w520 with a Quadro 2000m. The nouvou driver is not even
>> remotely an option for me though so I can't report on that (first thing
>> I do with a new kernel is delete it so it doesn't get in the way). As
>> for the hardware setup, the external connectors are indeed connected to
>> the NVIDIA and can't be run from the intel processor. With the default
>> optimus setup X won't start with the nvidia driver so you can't connect
>> external monitors. You can however change the video settings in the bios
>> from optimus to discrete (always run discrete graphics internal and
>> external, intel disabled). In this case the external connectors work
>> just fine with nvidia-settings. The propriatry nvidia driver doens't
>> know xrandr I'm afraid.
> Thanks for your report but in the past I've run in *huge* problems 
> with proprietary nvidia blobs on thinkpad (t61) including xorg memory 
> consumption issues ( up to 1-2 gigs of ram when viewing big pdfs )  
> and really weird firefox rendering problems.
> Nouveau has been a life-saver for 2D daily  work, the system has been 
> always faster and solid since I replaced the nvidia blobs.
> Anyway did you (or someone else) ever tried nouveau(xrandr) + discrete 
> + external VGA monitor ? This is the combination I would be interested 
> in.
> Thanks again.
Someone reports nouveau as working in this particular combination: