nvidia proprietary on acer 5745g nvidia drivers for 330m / intel hybrid on acer 5745g
Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:48 PM
These laptops usually have some problems with proprietary drivers since it has hybrid graphic system nvidia 330m /intel.
Anyway until recently all methods failed miserably (from this forum and wiki ).
However lately with nvidia installer script and old 2.6.35 kernel it worked (tried three times, every time success).
So the basic method is
1. install 2.6.35 kernel
2. restart into this kernel
3. remove 3.0.x.x kernel
4. download nvidia installer script from Bodhi AppCenter and run it.
All other methods , also this one with newer kernel, always fail for me.
Also be warned, at least in my case cpu usage was higher and unstable, and it caused higher temps
( this may be the case for my hardware not in general).
In my case this was done with PAE kernel ( but in case of this laptop you will want this one too, to use 4g ram ).
I'm sorry if it wasn't on topic, I'm new around here. ( and yes, my english is far from perfect.)
Hope it will help.
As with any linux distro i've used , to use nvidia/intel acer hybrid properly one have to switch graphics in bios to discrete.
It seems it works sometimes with default setting, but my guess is it uses intel chip, this also leads to problems with sound. So just use 'discrete' setting in bios with bodhi
for nvidia graphics, and switch it sometimes if you need to dual bot with windows ( windows on the other hand use intel when discrete setting is on, also windows atm lacks any
nvidia support for acer 5745g graphics , so just run linux - bodhi
edit : kernel headers instalation step removed, some thoughts of bios settings for this laptop.
Posted 18 October 2011 - 12:28 AM
Welcome to the boards BTW,
Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:13 PM
I also think that there is no big reason for pinning this, everything was more or less said before,
just wanted to confirm that it worked for me.
Cant say if it will work in general, only have 1 machine with nvidia.
Still as it took months to finnaly install proprietary driver, i thought its worth mentioning -
i am not fan of proprietary blobs, but as noveau drivers aren't as good as for example
gallium 3d for ati, blob is needed for video codecs and opengl games.
And it is a shame that nvidia doesn't really put much attention into linux drivers with leads to problems, especially with newer kernels.
That's atm only good reason to use main ubuntu or mint over some less known distros like Bodhi,
since 'buntu have better support for proprietary drivers. Anyway i love Bodhi and e17, so i will stick around