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Question briefly:

Is it possible to connect a Ubuntu laptop with NVIDIA Optimus to a TV via HDMI connection? The connection should also have sounds included, because otherwise it would be easier just to go with a VGA cable.

Background information:

I have been trying to connect my ASUS U31JG with NVIDIA Optimus GeForce GT 415M CUDA GPU to my Samsung TV via a HDMI cable. This causes the laptop screen to "crash" (it divides to two 'halfs', and stops responding). However, Ctrl+Alt+F1 still opens new terminal window succesfully, so it looks like that only the screen crashes, not the whole PC.

I have nvidia-common, xserver-xorg-video-nouveau, libgl1-mesa-glx, libgl1-mesa-dri and xserver-xorg-core installed (a 'fresh' installation of them all).

and my lspci -nn | grep VGA output is

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0046] (rev 18)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF108M [GeForce GT 415M] [10de:0dee] (rev a1)


The additional drivers I am using are (from: 'additional drivers')

Nvidia Corporation: GF108M [GeForce GT 415M]
* Using X.Org X server - Nouveau display driver from xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (open source)
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Can you tell me what graphics driver you are using? Are you running the open source nouveau or the latest NVIDIA? – bleeves Jul 17 '14 at 9:16
I have basically followed these steps: How can I be sure which driver is in use? – np8 Jul 17 '14 at 15:30
if you open 'additional drivers' it should say. – bleeves Jul 17 '14 at 17:28

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