Linux on the Lenovo Thinkpad W510 – Part 3

ArchLinux NVidia 340.xx Legacy Driver Updates

Published on October 30, 2014

The NVidia drivers after 343.22 no longer support the NVidia Quadro FX 880M GPU for the ThinkPad W510 so I had to switch to legacy drivers (340-xx).

To get everything working again, I make some changes to my kernel mode settings and my xorg.conf. In /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg and /etc/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf I am now using this:

  • 20-nvidia.conf

    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier     "Monitor0"
        VendorName     "Unknown"
        ModelName      "Unknown"
        HorizSync       28.0 - 33.0
        VertRefresh     43.0 - 72.0
        Option         "DPMS"
    Section "Device"
      Identifier "Nvidia Card"
      Driver "nvidia"
      VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
      BoardName "Quadro FX 880M:
      #Option "NoLogo" "true"
      Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier     "Screen0"
        Device         "Device0"
        Monitor        "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection     "Display"
            Depth       24
  • syslinux.cfg

    LABEL archnvidia
        MENU LABEL Arch Linux (NVidia)
        LINUX ../vmlinuz-linux
        APPEND root=/dev/sda1 rw nomodeset nouveau.modeset=0
        INITRD ../initramfs-linux.img

And in the syslinux.cfg the line DEFAULT arch is now DEFAULT archnvidia to default to the new kernel settings.