Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· kjellski

Lenovo ThinkPad w530 on Ubuntu 13.04 with nvidia and Intel card

When you're used to the fact that installing Ubuntu on a ThinkPad is normally a breeze, this is kind of uncool, nevertheless, here's what made it work for me:

Go into the BIOS and set these two Display options to the values shown:

  • Go to Display option:


  • Configure the Graphics Device to be NVIDIA Optimus:


  • Set the OS Detection for NVIDIA Optimus to Enabled: Picture

Then install bumblebee:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install bumblebee virtualgl linux-headers-generic

Then reboot!

After that, you get a "working" version of your ubuntu back. The only problem is, your window decorators are gone... you can even run CTRL+ALT+T to get a terminal, but the decoration doesn't come back. Here is what to do: Start a terminal and execute this command:

gsettings reset org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/ active-plugins

After that you should get your Desktop back. Last thing to make sure you can from then on run optirun:

lspci | grep VGA 

Should spit out two cards, this is my output:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107GLM [Quadro K2000M] (rev ff)

Hope this helps some poor soul out there :)

Thanks for all the fish,

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Thanks for this! Did the trick.

over 1 year ago ·

Jipieee :) glad it helped!

over 1 year ago ·

Thanks for this quick tip. Now I've the problem that the external monitor connected via dock is not recognized :(

over 1 year ago ·

Sorry, I've got no solution ready for this one. On windows, this is always done via the Nvidia card I think. Maybe you can fix your xorg settings to just always enable the port for external usage, but I've not looked into that yet.

over 1 year ago ·

So, I am assuming going back to the 12.04(Or mint 13 which is LTS) wouldn't give that problem?

over 1 year ago ·

very thanks sometime ago i searching one laptop with this display vga options

very thanks again

over 1 year ago ·
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