[for nvidia-latest driver and newer systems supported by that driver]
If you have a newer Nvidia-Intel hybrid Notebook, or also AMD-Nvidia combination:
You can simply switch the intel and NVidia GPU with optimus-manager tool.
For this you will need the proprietary NVidia driver installed.
Boot LiveISO and install EndeavourOS with optimus device.
—> go to step 4. if you already installed system and Nvidia Drivers:
- Boot on the NVidia boot option
- Install system of your choice (NVidia drivers will be installed automatically)
- Boot into your newly installed system
- install optimus-manager:
yay -S optimus-manager
Install optimus-manager-qt what is working on top of optimus-manager to get a tray icon to switch:
yay -S optimus-manager-qt
If you have a combo if AMD and Nvidia, you need currently the git version to support AMD GPU’s:
yay -S optimus-manager-qt-git
And if you want to use it under KDE/Plasma it is recommended to build with
_plasma=true to set inside the PKGBUILD:
That makes it needed to build manually with makepkg or have an AUR-Helper that can handle editing PKGBUILD before building.
If choosing to manually build:
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/optimus-manager-qt-git
then open the folder optimus-manager-qt-git with filebrowser open the file PKGBUILD with Texteditor and change false to true here:
# Use KDE API features (recommended for Plasma users) _with_plasma=true
save the file.
open a terminal inside the same folder (optimus-manager-qt-git) and run makepkg:
This is the manual way to build and install packages from AUR.
- reboot system
- check optimus manager service (should be running)
systemctl status optimus-manager
To start and enable it run (if it is not running):
sudo systemctl enable --now optimus-manager
- Now switch to Nvidia GPU, right-click on the Tray and select “Switch to Nvidia“
On KDE/Plasma it will look like this:
8. You can switch manually with commands also:
You can also use it without tray icon:
Run from terminal:
optimus-manager --switch nvidia
to switch to the Nvidia GPU
optimus-manager --switch integrated
to switch to the integrated GPU and power the Nvidia GPU off
optimus-manager --switch hybrid
to switch to the iGPU but leave the Nvidia GPU available for on-demand offloading, similar to how Optimus works on Windows.
See the Wiki 1 at the source of it at GitHub for more details.
- be careful with the packages “acpi_call” and “bbswitch“.
they will make the system unstable or it will not boot anymore.
- optimus-manager will only work on Xorg (X11) session not on Wayland.
- If you are running Gnome with GDM you need to install gdm-prime.
For more information read at the source for optimus-manager: