Good night NVIDIA, sweet dreams

Back in the year I bought a cheap Lenovo laptop with Intel and NVIDIA Optimus gpu. It was not great but I am unable to say it was bad, it still runs fine, so it was a good choice. Even though the Linux support for Optimus enabled gpu was kind of bad it was still manageable.

At the time I decided to use Bumblebee + bbswitch (to disable the card), it worked fine. There was a bit of drawback on CPU but it worked kind of nicely, I could run things on NVIDIA with simple command without closing current X.

Years went by on and everything was mostly fine, small things over the time as always. As plus there was support in mainline of NVIDIA drivers. But after a bit more this support was dropped and after an update I was welcomed with not working card, welcome legacy branch (390 for me).

Meanwhile libglvnd landed in Archlinux, what a pain. At first I did not manage to configure Bumblebee properly with it. But after some time I managed and it worked fine, using the card went fine.

There appeared a problem when NVIDIA card just randomly turned on and stayed on. I only heard noise, felt heat or experienced empty battery. This truly turned into HELL, waking up this hungry friend is costly. But I endured for a long time.

After a long time with help of some internet people and entities I managed to resolve one case but it still did not help and other things like Steam, Lutris and even SimpleScreenRecorder still somehow managed to activate the NVIDIA gpu.

It is sad to say but I desire a bit more stable environment. So I had disabled NVIDIA gpu in BIOS.

It was a good ride.

Good night NVIDIA, have a sweet dream.

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