I have a new laptop and I try to configure it to have a dual boot (secure boot enable). I want to use this laptop on windows and all works fine actually with a good support for my nvidia. But I want to install fedora 34 Workstation next to windows. On fedora I don’t need nvidia capabilities all the time. I need it only when I work with UX tools like Blender 3D rendering. A important requirement I have for this installation is that I need to use HDMI screen. Not using the nvidia sound output isn’t very important all the time.
After many read and installation tries, I have some difficulties using fedora 34. Stange xorg-x11-drv-intel error notifications. Strange plymouth display bug during logo display on boot… So after many reads to learn what are Optimus ; Prime ; Bumblebee ; and many reads around how to switch under a nvidia/FOSS wayland sessions, my opinion is that technology isn’t implemented as well as windows (power optimization ; no needs to switch or manage bettween FOSS/nvidia…). But my opinion is just my opinion and possible I think wrong.
So I open this topic on this understanding and I choose to make my installation of my laptop like that:
- An UEFI boot entry on windows throught its bootloader (already done)
- An UEFI boot entry to fedora thought its shim64 bootloader with grub2.
- A grub2 entry without nvidia and using the nouveau driver to work without nvidia at all (and without bug possibly due to the bad detection of my nvidia card) So No HDMI sound and no Nvidia driver when using this entry
- A grub2 entry with nvidia to work with nvidia HDMI sound and 3D capabilities
Before I explain my problem with the installation of official nvidia drivers and sofwares, I think is better to ask you about this choosen solution.
1°) Do you think is a good choice?
2°) Are you okay with me that power management and usage is not well supported/ not really user friendly?
3°) Do you think like me that I need to switch manually between FOSS/nvidia on linux and it is not user friendly like a graphical swich button or just disconnect/connect on wayland?
My latop : Dell Inspiron 16 Plus Laptop | Dell USA
Thanks in advance for advises.