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A new Acer Aspire M3 with Nvidia GT 640M Kepler GPU (Nvidia Optimus) has been announced: http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/13/2868854/acer-aspire-timeline-ultra-m3-announce-kepler-gt-640M

[...] the company claims the Ultra M3 can still manage eight hours of battery life for 
normal tasks using Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching solution [...]

Any ideas if this model should be Linux hybrid-graphics compatible given the graphics card in it? Are the proprietary Nvidia Linux drivers going to be working for it? Should Bumblebee work for it?

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In my case hybrid graphics work like a charm with bumblebee and kubuntu 12.04.

I've used the instructions in the wiki and worked with no problems.

ubuntu wiki bumblebee

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron N7110 with seperate Nvidia GTX520m card. Also I have ~25 mins more battery life than with windows.

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I own an Acer Aspire M3 with Nvidia GT 640M up to now I was unable to activate the nvidia GPU, my Ubuntu 12.04 just use the integrated Intel graphic card:

  • Bumblebee does not work
  • Proprietary nvidia driver are not recommended

From the nvidia driver download page:

"... Some designs incorporating supported GPUs may not be compatible with the NVIDIA Linux driver: in particular, notebook and all-in-one desktop designs with switchable (hybrid) or Optimus graphics will not work if means to disable the integrated graphics in hardware are not available..."

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Would it be possible for you to submit your DSDT details as described here? launchpad.net/~hybrid-graphics-linux –  213441265152351 Jun 1 '12 at 17:44
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This is my generated DSDT file, I will try the mentioned guide ubuntu wiki bumble and I notify you about the results. –  mantonovic Jun 8 '12 at 12:26
    
Hopefully the developers in the list will pick up the relevant information from the file. Thanks. –  213441265152351 Jun 8 '12 at 13:31
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Hi. Considering buying one of these, but put off by the nvidia thing. So yours works - great - do external monitors work? Do you know if the BIOS set up has the ability to disable the NVIDIA discrete graphics card? It's a nightmare buying laptop for Linux right now. –  artfulrobot Jul 16 '12 at 13:56
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is not possible to disable the NVIDIA discrete graphics card in the bios. But external monitor works via the hdmi output (audio & video). –  mantonovic Oct 25 '12 at 11:58
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