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Old 09-12-2012, 10:53 PM
Julian DeMarchi
 
Default Satellite P870 issues - Video + ethernet

On 09/13/2012 04:12 AM, lee wrote:
> Everything works fine with the intel card unless you want to play games.
> Its performance for that is pathetic at best, though even that works.
>
>
> Other than that, it's only a pointer for the OP so he has an idea of
> what he needs to look for and what he can try. If he's lucky, I'm wrong
> and with the hardware he has, he can even switch /and/ have output on
> screen.

Pointer indeed thanks!

So I have adequte video using the intel now.

Here is what I ended up doing to get it to work.

- compiled a 3.6 kernel using fakeroot. I ensured I build the image and
header kernel debs
- installed compat-3.6-rc5-c
- configured /etc/modprobe.d/i916-kms.conf to have the contents
options i915 modeset=1

Following the above I now have intel i915 working fine at 1920x1080 and
my ALX ethernet card working.

I still can't use the nvidia card, but I think these features will come
with time. Patience... :-)

Thanks Lee!

--julian


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Old 09-13-2012, 03:22 AM
lee
 
Default Satellite P870 issues - Video + ethernet

Julian DeMarchi <julian@jdcomputers.com.au> writes:

> On 09/13/2012 04:12 AM, lee wrote:
>> Everything works fine with the intel card unless you want to play games.
>> Its performance for that is pathetic at best, though even that works.
>>
>>
>> Other than that, it's only a pointer for the OP so he has an idea of
>> what he needs to look for and what he can try. If he's lucky, I'm wrong
>> and with the hardware he has, he can even switch /and/ have output on
>> screen.
>
> Pointer indeed thanks!
>
> So I have adequte video using the intel now.
>
> Here is what I ended up doing to get it to work.
>
> - compiled a 3.6 kernel using fakeroot. I ensured I build the image and
> header kernel debs
> - installed compat-3.6-rc5-c
> - configured /etc/modprobe.d/i916-kms.conf to have the contents
> options i915 modeset=1
>
> Following the above I now have intel i915 working fine at 1920x1080 and
> my ALX ethernet card working.

Hm I think you should be fine with the Debian kernel. There was also a
way to turn the second graphics card off --- that might not happen by
default and turning it off can increase the possible run time on battery
quite a bit. It's also nice because it can keep the temperatures down
so that the fan doesn't need to run so much. There are a lot of other
things that can be done for saving power; turning off the graphics card
is one of the simpler ones ...

> I still can't use the nvidia card, but I think these features will come
> with time. Patience... :-)

Hopefully these laptops aren't outdated before that happens ...


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Old 09-17-2012, 12:41 AM
Chris Bannister
 
Default Satellite P870 issues - Video + ethernet

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 08:53:21AM +1000, Julian DeMarchi wrote:
>
> I still can't use the nvidia card, but I think these features will come
> with time. Patience... :-)

Is the GT630M not supported?

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:51 AM
Pertti Kosunen
 
Default Satellite P870 issues - Video + ethernet

On 13.9.2012 1:53, Julian DeMarchi wrote:

I still can't use the nvidia card, but I think these features will come
with time. Patience... :-)


https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/bbswitch

Did you try manual switching with Bumblebee? Nvidia-glx or nouveau driver?


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Old 09-20-2012, 06:28 AM
Julian DeMarchi
 
Default Satellite P870 issues - Video + ethernet

On 09/17/2012 10:41 AM, Chris Bannister wrote:
> Is the GT630M not supported?

Yes it is supported. The methods I found for trying to switch did not work.

What I tried was to blacklist the i915 driver, load the nvidia driver
with the modeset=1 option.

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