My path to achieve the greatest Linux desktop ever or… random IT stuff

Archive for November, 2017

Linux vs Hybrid GPUs (0-1)


Windows 10 with Rainmeter

So, I fought with a few linux distros (Arch, Debian, Linux Mint, Antergos, Manjaro, Ubuntu) and they just didn’t like my laptop’s hybrid GPU. Linux Mint was actually the only one that gave me anything resembling a desktop after install, but the resolution was all wrong.

Installing bumblebee and bumblebee-nvidia should have solved it but it only made it worse. I’ll be going back to trying to solve this in the future when I have more time. For now, I need my laptop fully functional for classes so I can’t afford to mess around too much. Hence, I reinstalled Windows, much to my displeasure.

I don’t really have anything against Windows per se, mind you, I’m just a big fan of linux and wanted to go back to it. Still want to. I’ll probably mess around on VMs first, this time, and see if it leads anywhere.

Piece of advice for people with hybrid GPUs – careful when installing a linux distro. It appears to hate NVIDIA-Intel combos. Probably because of the nouveau (open source) drivers, which seem to not work as well as the official NVIDIA ones. I’m saying this but I couldn’t get it to work with either though :’) There are tons of people with similar problems and completely different solutions. I intend to solve it somehow and when I do, I’ll share it with you guys – it’ll probably be a bit of everything.

For future reference, my laptop is an ASUS 552VX with an integrated GPU from Intel (Intel HD Graphics 530) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M. I’ll be letting you guys know as soon as I manage to get any linux distro installed and running here :)