Is the Nvidia GeForce GT630M/GT640M/GT650M graphics card supported in Ubuntu 11.10 or Ubuntu 12.04?


Unless the manufacturers provide a BIOS option for using these discrete cards only, it will likely not be supported because of the Optimus technology. See also How well will Nvidia Optimus cards be supported in 12.04?

The current version in Precise is now 295.20. According to the supported chips list the GT 630M and GT 650M are not supported.


I was just made aware that the newer NVIDIA binary driver should support these chips:

  • Have you tested it? – Lekensteyn Jun 13 '12 at 17:13
  • I haven't got the hardware but I would be interested in seeing how it works for people with it. – 719016 Jun 14 '12 at 8:05

Be aware that it is now supported by 290.35 :


  • Yup, that's the 630M. – Lekensteyn Mar 26 '12 at 22:39
  • Good news, looking forward to people reporting on Linux hybrid graphics compatibility for these cards. – 719016 Mar 27 '12 at 7:40

Be careful. You need Ubuntu 12.04 kernel 3.4.3 if you are with a notebook like the ASUS n76 (with Ivy Bridge 3610qm + gt650m).

It works with Bumblebee and the beta driver 302.xx is available via the x-swat ppa (I'm not sure about this).

Bumblebee installs nvidia-current and related software.

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