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Thread: Intel, NVIDIA Hybrid GPU Switching On Linux Nears

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    OK, I'll spell it out :P

    One of the laptops wired in the way required by the Nvidia(tm) Optimus(tm) proprietary technology(tm) mark, and advertised as having such. Or the older ones, without said (tm) mark.

    I know it is, after googling the model name. The point was I shouldn't have needed to, that is essential info in a news post like this.
    If only it was that simple.

    There are Rev1, Rev2 and optimus switchable laptops.

    We can ignore Rev 1 - they required a reboot to switch

    This code is mostly towards the Rev 2 switchable, which switches the physical outputs between the chips under ACPI control.

    Optimus is a different kettle of fish, and is also muddied by the fact that not all Optimus laptops have a Rev 2 compatability mode, most of them do, but I think there are some out there which don't have the physical mux anymore. So the Lenovo T410s has Optimus but it also has the ability to act like Rev 2, hence why this code was possible.

    Optimus isn't "wired" its a pure sw solution built on a extra copy engine on the discrete GPU which talks for PCIE like anything normal would. No extra wires.

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    @airlied

    Thanks. That's the kind of info I was looking for in the news post

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