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My laptop is MSi GE620 DX and it has Nvidia Optimus technology. Intel and Nvidia gfx cards. However Ubuntu doesn´t even regonize my Intel HD 3000 at all!

I even tried Fedora 17 on my system and it did regonize Intel HD 3000 straight away. But not in Ubuntu. Can´t set the correct resolution, or run Gnome 3 for example. The card just isn´t regonized.

I tried install mesa-utils, but no, did not help.

I can´t use software that needs 3d in ubuntu, but in fedora, everything works.

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The "culprit" here seems to be the Optimus technology. Have a look at this answer, it seems to be a similar problem, albeit on a different laptop. – elmicha Aug 1 '12 at 9:16
I read just the other day that GPU switching ('nvidia optimus') doesnt work well at all on linux in general. I have heard that by using the latest 304 nvidia driver, support is improved, but i in no way recommend you use a bleeding edge driver. – nisshh Aug 1 '12 at 10:14

I've an Akoya MD 6634 with Nvidia Optimus Technology and it works fine with Ubuntu 12.04. The Installation was a little bit tricky. First, you have to boot with optin "nomodeset"; in other cases yo may get a black screen (see: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?).

After Installation has completed, there was no Gnome3 (always Fallback-mode). I installed "Bumblebee" - see here:; there is a discription for Ubuntu. After that, everything is fine; normally, Intel graphic is in use; to speed it up, i can use "optirun" and it get's much faster!

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