I tend to use nvidia-prime on Ubuntu to run my intel graphics card instead of NVIDIA, is there a way to use nvidia-prime on Debian?

  • Please add the output of lspci -v | egrep -i 'vga|3d|nvidia' | grep -i 'nvidia'
    – GAD3R
    Nov 1, 2016 at 19:57
  • kernel modules : nvidiafb, nouveau, nvidia_340 Nov 1, 2016 at 20:08

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Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file and add the following line:

deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free

Update and install drivers:

aptitude update
aptitude -r install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,') nvidia-kernel-dkms

Create an Xorg server configuration file:

mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "nvidia"\nEndSection' > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf




To switch between driver intel/nvidia run nvidia-settings from the terminal and choose the driver.

  • after the installation how do i choose which GPU to use? Nov 1, 2016 at 20:26
  • after performing this and rebooting my screen stays black like its loading with a "_" on the top of the screen I'm able to access tty1 using ctrl + alt + f1 Nov 3, 2016 at 3:59
  • @EduardoDíaz see here unix.stackexchange.com/a/314004/153195
    – GAD3R
    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:02
  • While executing Xorg -configure i get number of created screens does not match number of detected devices. Configuration failed and the server terminates with error (2). Nov 3, 2016 at 11:23

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