I usually install the Nvidia drivers from the terminal:
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:graphics-drivers
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
You should be able to switch between your Nvidia dGPU and Intel iGPU using:
$ sudo prime-select [nvidia|intel]
You can query which GPU is in use using:
$ prime-select query
NOTE: I have had huge headaches with Nvidia drivers lately, namely:
- The Nvidia GPU doesn't power down after switching to the Intel iGPU.
- Lots and lots of "micro-stutter" when scrolling/dragging windows.
I found a "fix" (workaround?) for my particular laptop in regards to the first issue:
/etc/default/grub after switching to the iGPU.
- Find the line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nouveau.pm=1"
- Remove the
- From the terminal, run:
$ sudo update-grub
I haven't been able to find a fix for the "micro-stutters", but this issue is subjective and will bother some users more than others (I'm in the former group, it bothers me a lot - so much so that I have uninstalled the proprietary Nvidia drivers and am currently using the Nouveau drivers, which are much "smoother" for most desktop functions).