[bulug] Lenovo Thinkpad T510
- From: Benjamin Kraus <bkraus@xxxxxx>
- To: bulug-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2011 16:43:14 -0500
I'm wondering if anyone on this list has a Lenovo Thinkpad T510. I'm looking to purchase this laptop, but it can come with our without NVIDIA Optimus. There is no price difference between the two models, and I'm trying to decide between the two options. I'm wondering if someone can let me know whether there is a setting in the BIOS that lets you pick between "Integrated", "Discrete", or "Optimus" graphics. I have looked online (and I'm waiting for a reply to my request to Lenovo), but I can't seem to get a decisive answer. I ask because I plan on dual-booting with Windows 7 and Ubuntu, but Optimus isn't supported by Linux, and it doesn't look like that will change any time in the near future. Most reports online say that Linux will only be able to use the integrated graphics on a laptop with Optimus, and that even if you have a setting in your BIOS, it will only let you disable the discrete graphics (so you chose between "Integrated" and "Optimus"). However, a few people have mentioned that in the Lenovo Thinkpad T510 there is a setting in the BIOS that will let you disable optimus and use only the *discrete* graphics, and I believe in this case you could use the discrete graphics card under Linux. It's a free upgrade, so if I can guarantee that I'll be able to disable it until the Linux community figures out how to support it, then I'll get it. However, if it means I'll be unable to use the graphics card under Linux, then I'll go without. - Ben -- Benjamin Kraus bkraus@xxxxxx Ph.D. Candidate Biomedical Engineering Department Boston University College of Engineering _________ BU LUG: http://lug.bu.edu. To unsubscribe, email bulug-list-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the subject field.
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