[ltp] Thinkpad W520, nouveau and external monitors

Micha linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:02:47 +0200

I just put a second driver in the ultrabay in the first place and got a
cheap external cdrom for the odd time I need it (about twice in the
machine's life these days). Will solve your hibernation problem, and
allow some extra storage for things that don't need to work as fast.

By the way, at least tuxonice allows hibernation to swap file (will
require you to compile a custom kernel I believe). I don't recall if it
can be dynamically allocated or not though.

On 23/02/2012 21:50, Lally Singh wrote:
> I've got a w520 running Arch.  Discrete only on an Nvidia 2000m, using
> the nvidia drivers.   It runs great for my needs (web browsing, emacs,
> terminal, latex, and various compilers).
> I've got a dock for it hooked to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
> Well, you can't run more than two monitors in TwinView.  I tried a few
> times, but it just locks the whole box up.  So, I stuck with the laptop
> + 1 display config.  It actually works pretty well for me.
> I've got everything working, including the gobi 3k.  It's nice, my only
> issue is that the ssd (160gb) is small enough where I don't want to try
> to set up hibernation, considering I'd have to dedicate 1/8th of my disk
> to it :(  Still, the fucker's fast enough that I learn to deal. 
> My only complaints are (1) the weight, (2) the optical drive's button is
> too easily triggered.  I'm looking at other ultrabay options *just* to
> get rid of that.
> On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM, Martin Steigerwald <Martin@lichtvoll.de
> <mailto:Martin@lichtvoll.de>> wrote:
>     Am Samstag, 18. Februar 2012 schrieb Micha:
>     > I don't have a t520 so I don't know, but take note that there is a big
>     > difference between an Intel only machine where the Intel can
>     > definitely run the external monitor and an optimus machine where it
>     > depends on how the manufacturer wired it. On the w520 the external
>     > onboard connector are connected only to the nvidia (although I haven't
>     > checked what happens in Intel only mode), but the docking station does
>     > connect some of the connectors to the Intel. On the dell m4600, the
>     > digital connectors (HDMI and display port) are connected to the nvidia
>     > but the VGA is connected to the Intel.
>     I bet I am just happy with my Intel only ThinkPad. Sounds a lot
>     easier for
>     me to understand. ;)
>     Thanks,
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