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By default Ubuntu has selected the nouveau drivers as i have an nvidia gpu. But I need to run my system on the Intel GPU instead, with Intel drivers etc. How can I do this?

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    this one? askubuntu.com/questions/449530/…
    – fossfreedom
    Dec 25, 2015 at 9:36
  • install Prime Indicator
    – Alex Jones
    Dec 25, 2015 at 9:40
  • i just tried prime-indicator. it still switches me to nvidia graphics
    – raaj
    Dec 25, 2015 at 10:42
  • doing lspci | grep VGA yeilds only my Nvidia card. How can I install my intel drivers
    – raaj
    Dec 25, 2015 at 10:48
  • @raaj after you switch from prime indicator you have to logout and login back
    – Alex Jones
    Dec 25, 2015 at 10:50

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To achieve what you want, you will have to install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers and Optimus.
After that you can switch between the graphics from NVIDIA X Server Settings PRIME Profiles.
Assuming you have a NVIDIA GEFORCE 400 series adapter or newer execute these commands :

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-352 nvidia-prime
sudo reboot  

Update addressing your response to having problems with 352 drivers

Use another method - first uninstall the formerly installed NVIDIA drivers.
Highlight the Ubuntu entry in the GRUB boot menu and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the end of the linux line - press F10 to boot.

On login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - enter user name and password - execute :

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*  
sudo reboot  

Now install the NVIDIA drivers 358 from the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA.
Highlight the Ubuntu entry in the GRUB boot menu and press the E key.
Add nouveau.modeset=0 to the end of the linux line - press F10 to boot.

On login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - enter user name and password - execute :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-358 nvidia-prime
sudo reboot
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    he wants to use intel drivers. And he does not wants nvidia drives installed but want to switch to intel drivers
    – Alex Jones
    Dec 25, 2015 at 11:49
  • I did exactly as above. same issue, attempting switching using prime-select doesn't work, still stuck on nvidia. Also, my nvidia control panel does not have PRIME Profiles
    – raaj
    Dec 25, 2015 at 11:50
  • @edwardtorvalds : Then the only way to do this is to deactivate the NVIDIA card in BIOS ... in case this is possible ... otherwise you have to install the proprietary drivers. :)
    – cl-netbox
    Dec 25, 2015 at 11:52
  • No i cannot do this. Could it be a driver issue? Perhaps if i downgrade from 352 to something lower prime profiles may work superuser.com/questions/998403/…
    – raaj
    Dec 25, 2015 at 11:53
  • which other answer
    – raaj
    Dec 25, 2015 at 11:57
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Nvidia settings is available in software center. Install it if not already installed.

sudo apt install nvidia-settings

Now open it by running this in terminal

nvidia-settings

From there you will be able to select which GPU you want to use (Nvidia/Intel).

Go to PRIME Profiles -> Select the GPU you would like to use -> Choose Intel (Power Saving Mode)

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