I use an Optimus laptop with hybrid Intel and Nvidia graphic cards. My laptop (Thinkpad X1 Extreme) can’t disable dedicated graphic card in BIOS and only offers two modes: hybrid mode and dedicated graphic card mode. I’m on Tumbleweed Gnome using Wayland.
First issue. I have been using Tumbleweed for over a year and I just had a new installation (Tumbleweed 20210709) yesterday. In my previous installation there was an promote asking if you want to disable Nouveau at the final stage. It’s a very handy feature because I normally just use Intel without Noveau or Nvidia. I never want to use Nvidia due to the high battery consumption, occasional hiccups with kernel updates and incompatibility with Wayland. I also normally disable Noveau because it also uses a lot of battery for my laptop. However, the disabling Nouveau promote didn’t show up in my new installation as before and I had to manually disable Nouveau. Does anyone knows why the disabling Nouveau promote is gone? Is this a bug or intentional?
Second issue. Then I tried to manually disable Nouveau without installing Nvidia. Here is what I did:
Taboo Mesa-dri-nouveau and xf86-video-nouveau in Yast.
Create 50-blacklist.conf in /etc/modprobe.d and add the followings:
options nouveau modeset=0
Add the following kernel parameters via Yast Bootloader:
But it seems Nouveau is still running on the background despite many attempts. My battery drains like crazy compared to my last installation in which Nouveau was disabled during installation. Could someone please help me disable Nouveau? Here are a few outputs:
Have you tried nouveau.modeset=0 on kernel command line? If xf86-video-nouveau is installed, remove it. zypper al xf86-video-nouveau will prevent its return. In most cases, the newer technology default modesetting DIX driver works better. See here for more info.
Thanks for this. Yes I tried **nouveau.modeset=0 **before, but it didn’t do anything so I didn’t include in the kernel parameter. For the sake of testing, I added **nouveau.modeset=0 **again in kernel parameter together with modprobe.blacklist=nouveau, and the result is the same. Both **xf86-video-nouveau **and Mesa-dri-nouveau are not installed and tabooed in Yast as mentioned in the original post.
Your lsmod result does not show nouveau so why do you think it is still running?!
I use a laptop with NVIDIA OPTIMUS as well. On my machine it is the switched-on NVIDIA-card that drains the battery. So i always install bbswitch which will switch-off the NVIDIA-card completely direct after boot and will switch it on on shutdown.
Thanks, because the battery drains really quick in my new installation compared to my old one. I also tried Nvidia once with the Intel mode (Nvidia wasn’t completely off) and it actually used less battery compared to Intel only and blacklisting Nouveau.
Well I installed the Nvidia driver (460) and suse-prime-bbswitch. Then I rebooted my laptop and switch to the Intel mode. **lsmod **said bbswitch already turned the Nvidia card off. No additional setup needed.
I wish Tumbleweed could bring the disabling Nouveau feature back in the future installation. Disabling Nouveau without installing Nvidia just mysteriously didn’t work for now.