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    Default os 13.1 on an optimus laptop

    Hello all.

    I have decided to go ahead and try good ol' opensuse 13.1 (64bit) once again after hating ubuntu and so on.

    my issue at this time is my laptop has a nvidia optimus dual graphics (intel and nvidia).

    I have successfuly installed bumblebee and it seems to be working and i have verified this with "optirun <program>" with no problems.

    however, the default intel card used the i915 kernel module and its pathetically laggy and slow during regular usage.

    lspci shows the following:
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0416] (rev 06) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0781]
    Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 16
    Memory at d3000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
    Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    I/O ports at 5000 [size=64]
    Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
    Capabilities: [90] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
    Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features
    Kernel modules: i915

    01:00.0 3D controller [0302]: NVIDIA Corporation GK106M [GeForce GTX 760M] [10de:11e3] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0781]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 51
    Memory at d2000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Memory at a0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
    I/O ports at 4000 [size=128]
    [virtual] Expansion ROM at b2000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
    Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [68] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [b4] Vendor Specific Information: Len=14 <?>
    Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
    Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
    Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=024 <?>
    Capabilities: [900] #19
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Kernel modules: nvidiafb, nouveau, nvidia


    my lsmod shows this:
    ahmad@linux-gk2c:/etc/modprobe.d> lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    nls_utf8 12557 0
    ufs 83041 0
    qnx4 13317 0
    hfsplus 106859 0
    hfs 58773 0
    minix 36095 0
    msdos 17332 0
    jfs 193489 0
    xfs 983087 0
    reiserfs 258859 0
    af_packet 39774 6
    fuse 95850 5
    bnep 19704 2
    iTCO_wdt 13480 0
    iTCO_vendor_support 13718 1 iTCO_wdt
    rtsx_pci_ms 18151 0
    memstick 16760 1 rtsx_pci_ms
    rtsx_pci_sdmmc 23482 0
    mmc_core 124734 1 rtsx_pci_sdmmc
    nls_iso8859_1 12713 2
    nls_cp437 16991 2
    vfat 17411 2
    fat 65905 2 msdos,vfat
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 51700 1
    acer_wmi 32522 0
    sparse_keymap 13948 1 acer_wmi
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi 45213 1
    snd_hda_intel 48171 7
    snd_hda_codec 205080 3 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 13602 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 110211 4 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    broadcom 13170 0
    x86_pkg_temp_thermal 14162 0
    snd_seq 69752 0
    coretemp 13435 0
    kvm_intel 142707 0
    arc4 12608 2
    kvm 469295 1 kvm_intel
    crc32_pclmul 13113 0
    ghash_clmulni_intel 13259 0
    aesni_intel 55665 0
    ablk_helper 13597 1 aesni_intel
    cryptd 16262 3 ghash_clmulni_intel,aesni_intel,ablk_helper
    lrw 13286 1 aesni_intel
    gf128mul 14951 1 lrw
    glue_helper 13990 1 aesni_intel
    aes_x86_64 17131 1 aesni_intel
    pcspkr 12718 0
    serio_raw 13413 0
    sr_mod 22411 0
    ath9k 109640 0
    i2c_i801 22444 0
    cdrom 46652 1 sr_mod
    mac80211 635562 1 ath9k
    ath9k_common 13859 1 ath9k
    ath9k_hw 440385 2 ath9k,ath9k_common
    lpc_ich 21080 0
    ath 27923 3 ath9k,ath9k_common,ath9k_hw
    snd_timer 29423 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    tg3 174606 0
    snd_seq_device 14497 1 snd_seq
    libphy 35382 2 broadcom,tg3
    ptp 18580 1 tg3
    pps_core 19057 1 ptp
    cfg80211 522716 3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    joydev 17332 0
    rtsx_pci 40225 2 rtsx_pci_ms,rtsx_pci_sdmmc
    mfd_core 13435 2 lpc_ich,rtsx_pci
    snd 87417 22 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    usb_storage 62062 1
    uvcvideo 84981 0
    videobuf2_core 44595 1 uvcvideo
    videodev 141701 2 uvcvideo,videobuf2_core
    ath3k 13317 0
    videobuf2_vmalloc 13216 1 uvcvideo
    btusb 32266 0
    videobuf2_memops 13362 1 videobuf2_vmalloc
    bluetooth 396742 24 bnep,ath3k,btusb
    rfkill 26487 7 acer_wmi,cfg80211,bluetooth
    soundcore 15047 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 18710 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    shpchp 32936 0
    battery 18723 0
    acpi_cpufreq 19790 1
    mperf 12667 1 acpi_cpufreq
    ac 13266 0
    wmi 19070 1 acer_wmi
    sg 40629 0
    dm_mod 92428 0
    autofs4 42770 2
    btrfs 913865 1
    raid6_pq 106004 1 btrfs
    zlib_deflate 26914 1 btrfs
    xor 21411 1 btrfs
    libcrc32c 12644 2 xfs,btrfs
    crc32c_intel 22079 1
    i915 710199 2
    xhci_hcd 108655 0
    drm_kms_helper 52710 1 i915
    i2c_algo_bit 13413 1 i915
    thermal 18754 0
    video 19507 2 acer_wmi,i915
    button 13952 1 i915
    processor 44625 1 acpi_cpufreq
    thermal_sys 36646 4 x86_pkg_temp_thermal,thermal,video,processor
    scsi_dh_rdac 17447 0
    scsi_dh_hp_sw 12895 0
    scsi_dh_emc 17258 0
    scsi_dh_alua 17295 0
    scsi_dh 14882 4 scsi_dh_rdac,scsi_dh_hp_sw,scsi_dh_emc,scsi_dh_alua
    nvidia 10627419 30
    drm 313440 5 i915,drm_kms_helper,nvidia
    ahmad@linux-gk2c:/etc/modprobe.d>


    i just want my system to be usable. at this state I am running out of options and i hope running back to windows wont be the solution.

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    Default Re: os 13.1 on an optimus laptop

    Did you do an update? there were some fixes relating to Intel driver. Have no idea if that is the problem just something that you should do if you have not.

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    Default Re: os 13.1 on an optimus laptop

    did a full update.

    absolutely no change.

    oh well. i guess its back to either crapUntu or Winblows

    I had high hopes for OpenSuse.

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    Default Re: os 13.1 on an optimus laptop

    What is shown by
    Code:
    rpm -q xf86-video-intel
    --
    PC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i7-2600@3.40GHz | 16GB | KDE 4.11 | GTX 650 Ti
    ThinkPad E320: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i3@2.30GHz | 8GB | KDE 4.11 | HD 3000
    HTPC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | Celeron@1.8GHz | 2GB | Gnome 3.10 | HD 2500

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    Default Re: os 13.1 on an optimus laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    What is shown by
    Code:
    rpm -q xf86-video-intel

    ahmad@linux-gk2c:~> rpm -q xf86-video-intel
    xf86-video-intel-2.99.906-12.1.x86_64

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    Am 25.12.2013 22:26, schrieb cylent:
    > ahmad@linux-gk2c:~> rpm -q xf86-video-intel
    > xf86-video-intel-2.99.906-12.1.x86_64


    so you have the updated version, there are two things which come to my
    mind, but I am not sure if one of them solves your problem.
    One is that probably sna acceleration causing problems and that you may
    try if uxa serves you better.
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Switch_x...o-intel_to_UXA

    The other is that if I were you and changing to uxa does not help then I
    would try a newer kernel to see if this HD 4600 is better supported (no
    idea at this point if bumblebee is compatible with kernel 3.12, so be
    careful!).

    --
    PC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i7-2600@3.40GHz | 16GB | KDE 4.11 | GTX 650 Ti
    ThinkPad E320: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i3@2.30GHz | 8GB | KDE 4.11 | HD 3000
    HTPC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | Celeron@1.8GHz | 2GB | Gnome 3.10 | HD 2500

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    Default Re: os 13.1 on an optimus laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    Am 25.12.2013 22:26, schrieb cylent:
    > ahmad@linux-gk2c:~> rpm -q xf86-video-intel
    > xf86-video-intel-2.99.906-12.1.x86_64


    so you have the updated version, there are two things which come to my
    mind, but I am not sure if one of them solves your problem.
    One is that probably sna acceleration causing problems and that you may
    try if uxa serves you better.
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Switch_x...o-intel_to_UXA

    The other is that if I were you and changing to uxa does not help then I
    would try a newer kernel to see if this HD 4600 is better supported (no
    idea at this point if bumblebee is compatible with kernel 3.12, so be
    careful!).

    --
    PC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i7-2600@3.40GHz | 16GB | KDE 4.11 | GTX 650 Ti
    ThinkPad E320: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i3@2.30GHz | 8GB | KDE 4.11 | HD 3000
    HTPC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | Celeron@1.8GHz | 2GB | Gnome 3.10 | HD 2500
    hello, martin.

    i tried your suggestion and all that did was cause the X server to crash at startup so i got rid of the modification.

    pls remember i do have bumblebee installed on this laptop

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    Am 26.12.2013 07:36, schrieb cylent:
    > hello, martin.
    >
    > i tried your suggestion and all that did was cause the X server to crash
    > at startup so i got rid of the modification.
    >
    > pls remember i do have bumblebee installed on this laptop
    >
    >

    Your X server starts on the intel card, so that has nothing to do with
    bumblebee at all, it just means that the 4600 card is somehow
    incompatible with the uxa setting which surprises me since that was
    until now the default if nothing was set in xorg.conf.d, with 13.1 this
    switched to sna as default.
    I have myself a bumblebee system but that runs on a different intel
    card, so I cannot exactly compare, my card does not lag at all.

    If you have bumblebee set up with dkms I would add the kernel:stable
    repo and try kernel 3.12, the larger part of the graphics driver is part
    of the kernel the x11 video drivers these days are just microscopic
    layers on top of that.
    Do not forget to add the corresponding devel packages for the kernel
    3.12 as the dkms has to recompile the nvidia driver.
    I have not tried it with 3.12 so take it with a grain of salt that I
    cannot tell you if that works flawless, at least it is easy to revert to
    3.11.6 if you do keep the older kernels (which is the default).

    --
    PC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i7-2600@3.40GHz | 16GB | KDE 4.11 | GTX 650 Ti
    ThinkPad E320: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i3@2.30GHz | 8GB | KDE 4.11 | HD 3000
    HTPC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | Celeron@1.8GHz | 2GB | Gnome 3.10 | HD 2500

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    Before I forget, if you run KDE I would first look into the settings for
    desktop effects what combination you have set (opengl xyz + nativ,
    opengl xyz + raster, xrender + raster ...) and try different
    combinations, I have opengl 3.1 + raster which works well with my intel
    cards.

    --
    PC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i7-2600@3.40GHz | 16GB | KDE 4.11 | GTX 650 Ti
    ThinkPad E320: oS 13.1 x86_64 | i3@2.30GHz | 8GB | KDE 4.11 | HD 3000
    HTPC: oS 13.1 x86_64 | Celeron@1.8GHz | 2GB | Gnome 3.10 | HD 2500

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    Quote Originally Posted by cylent View Post
    k to either crapUntu or Winblows
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    And, please post output between CODE tags, the # in the editor.
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