I am running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit on MacBook Pro 15" 2010 (MacBookPro6,2) and I would like to use the integrated Intel graphics instead of the dedicated Nvidia graphics Ubuntu boots with on this machine.

I am booting with UEFI, not REFIT or similar. I managed to switch to UEFI with the help of this page.

This wiki page also contains tips on switching to Intel graphics which include some (for me) cryptic boot commands to grub. However if I follow the guide, my display stays just black.

Currently, I am only looking for solution to use Intel graphics for Ubuntu to save power and keep my MacBook cool. Dynamic switching or stuff like that is not required.


If you own a Macbook Pro 6,2 or 6,1 and are adventurous enough to try the current solution, you can find the code here:


There's also some documentation here:


Here is a summary of the current situation for having hybrid graphics working on Macbook Pros 6,2 and 6,1:


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  • Thanks for pointing me into the right direction, #130490868091234 . However that seems to be little bit to much for me right know. I am not sure if the solutions provided there work with EFI. – Benjamin Geese Apr 28 '12 at 11:26
  • Make sure you follow up new developments on the mailing list: launchpad.net/~hybrid-graphics-linux – 719016 Apr 28 '12 at 15:16

you can try using Bumblebee. It solved the problem with Ubuntu 10.10, and I think it also works for 12.04

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  • The power management part does not work yet for the MacBook Pro. For that to work, something like gmux could be used. – Lekensteyn May 1 '12 at 8:52
  • Hi #silentbang. Did you try Bumblebee with EFI booting? – Benjamin Geese May 3 '12 at 11:01

To select integrated Intel GPU and turn off nVidia GPU use:

sudo prime-select Intel

This works as of May 2018 and many years before that.

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