I have a laptop with hybrid graphics. I'm using that xserver-xorg-video-ati driver. Ubuntu seems to be using the Intel GPU for rendering graphics. How do I switch to AMD graphics without installing fglrx drivers? I tried that vgaswitcheroo thing but I wasn't able to switch to AMD.

kyuunex@Ayumi-Linux:~$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Thames [Radeon HD 7550M/7570M/7650M] (rev ff)
  • Can you not select the default graphics device to use in your system's BIOS configuration? – dobey Apr 9 '16 at 14:00
  • This is a laptop. I can't disable Intel graphics. I can only disable AMD. – Kyuunex Apr 9 '16 at 14:09
  • I didn't say to disable. I said select as default. Yes, it was apparent that you are most likely on a laptop. – dobey Apr 9 '16 at 14:15
  • There is no option to select a default GPU in BIOS. – Kyuunex Apr 9 '16 at 14:18

You can blacklist the driver, by creating an /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-i915.conf with the contents:

blacklist i915

You can also uninstall some packages for Intel video:

sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg-video-intel intel-gpu-tools libdrm-intel1

Then upon rebooting, with the AMD GPU enabled in BIOS, Ubuntu should only see the AMD GPU as usable.

  • pastebin.com/ddfWeNzA – Kyuunex Apr 9 '16 at 15:33
  • That seems unrelated. Does apt-get -f install do anything? – dobey Apr 9 '16 at 15:35
  • Or just leave libdrm-intel1 installed instead, perhaps. – dobey Apr 9 '16 at 15:37
  • apt-get -f install doesn't help. I left libdrm-intel1 installed, rebooted, and it's still using intel GPU. Looks like I have to blacklist. – Kyuunex Apr 9 '16 at 15:45
  • Didn't work. Only difference is that it booted with a glitched out "Ubuntu" screen and then started unity just fine on Intel. – Kyuunex Apr 9 '16 at 15:51

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