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I have nvidia driver 375.66. I can go to nvidia-settings > PRIME profiles > Select GPU > Intel (Power Saving Mode). Logout to confirm the switch. When I do this my machine becomes extremely unstable. The entire OS freezes constantly. I switch back to Nvidia (performance mode) and the system runs fine.

Arch-linux says I have several options: Open source driver, proprietary driver with bumblebee, or Proprietary driver with PRIME output offloading. I don't know which is best for me. My goal is to save power by switching to the integrated graphics when I'm on battery (so the open source driver is out the question because of power consumption issues, see arch linux link). I want to keep the option to use the more powerful 1050 GPU.

Can I upgrade the Intel driver without impacting the Nvidia driver?

System: Intel HD Graphics on Dell XPS 15 9560 (2017 model).

  • first I'd suggest upgrading the driver to Nvidia 381. it works better for me (xps 9560) – Mike Rodov Jun 10 '17 at 21:04
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first I'd suggest upgrading the driver to Nvidia 381. it works better for me (xps 9560).

when I'm running in Nvidia driver the Intel HD card behaves perfectly. I usually switch Nvidia card off and use Intel HD solely, unless I'm goin to play games. didn't see much difference in battery life though, it still suck

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