I recently purchased a Lenovo Y520, but have been having difficulties installing the proprietary Nvidia driver with the hybrid setup, and not having used hybrid setup on Linux, I have no idea where to start.
- Installing Chakra in non-free mode installs Nouveau, which isn’t that big of a deal so long as I can switch to the proprietary driver
- Xorg runs on Nouveau rather than the integrated Intel driver (according to the loading text which appears before booting into SDDM), not sure if this is intended or an issue I will need to resolve
- Bios is pretty limited, so while I can disable some features, such as SecureBoot or the discrete GPU, I am unable to disable the integrated GPU
- I have the option to return this laptop and repurchase it with a Radeon GPU, and I am considering this solution since AMD have endorsed the open source Raedon driver, which would make configuration so much easier than with the Nvidia blob
I have tried installing
xf86-video-nouveau, and running
nvidia-xconfig, however, upon booting into the system, SDDM will not load, remaining stuck on tty1, without any indication of error.
It gets worse too, where with some instances of my configuration attempts, the screen flickers rapidly between tty1 and tty7, where tty7 is just a dash at the top left corner of the screen. Installing
bumblebee does not improve this either, and can make it worse.
I suspect the issue is with
nvidia-xconfig, and I would need to configure Xorg manually to use the Intel GPU and Bumblebee.
So this question is pretty broad, and has some issues which could possibly be troubleshooting individually, however…
How do I install Nvidia drivers on a hybrid system without breaking everything?